(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

You always see slope represented as [itex]\frac{\delta y}{\delta x}[/itex]. Is there any particular reason for why the change in "y" is in the numerator and the change in "x" in the denominator? Why couldn't we represent it as delta x over delta y?

2. Relevant equations

[itex]\frac{\delta y}{\delta x}[/itex]

3. The attempt at a solution

I was looking at the derivative coefficient [itex]\frac{dy}{dx}[/itex] late last night and couldn't figure out why its delta y over delta x. Could someone fill me in on the logic behind this? why can't slope be represented as delta x over delta y?

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# Homework Help: Slope representation logic?

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