Directions: Given the point (3,5), use digits 1-9, at most one time, to find a point (__, __) that minimizes the slope of the line that passes through the two points. The slope cannot be undefined.

### Hint

How do we calculate slope between two points? Explain which of the two slopes are steeper 1/9 or 9/1?

What does minimize mean?

Can you draw a picture that would help you find another point? Can you find another point?

### Answer

Points that minimize the slope: (9,6) or (9,4) if we think about the shallowest slope.

If we think about minimizing as the most left on the number line, then the here are the points that minimize the slope: (2,9) and (3,1)

Source: Nanette Johnson (Problem Based on Andrew Constantinescu’s Problem) and Andrew Constantinescu

Do you mean (4,1) as the last of the possible answers? (3,1) would be an undefined slope. And wouldn’t shallowest slope be 0. So (2,5), (4,5), (5,5), (6,5), (7,5), (8,5), or (9,5) would produce a shallower slope than (9,4) or (9,6).

Why not (98,6) or (98,4)? Or even (98765321, 4)? I think the problem needs altering to state the the coordinate should have one digit only, if that’s the intention.

I’m pretty sure it is asking for a simple answer, not a ridiculously high number.