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If a line slopes downward when you move from left to right the line has a negative slope. When a line has a negative slope the two variables move in opposite directions. If x increases then y decreases. The variables involved could be any of the following:

x and y

Independent variable and dependent variable

Cause and effect

Input and output

When a line slopes upward when you move from left to right the line has a positive slope As a result when y increases so does x. When a line has a positive slope the two variables move in the same direction.

The variables involved could be any of the following:

x and y

Independent variable and dependent variable

Cause and effect

Input and output