Forces and Elasticity


What is the slope (gradient) of a line indicate.

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The gradient of a line is the ratio of the change in the y variable to the change in the x variable (gradient = delta y/delta x).

Depending on what the y and x variables are, the gradient might have some other physical meaning. For example in a graph of Force against extension for a spring, the gradient represents the stiffness constant of the spring.

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