Trigonometry does the trick here. Below is that line making a 42° angle with the positive *x*-axis. I’ve also drawn a dotted segment to make myself a neat little right triangle.

Remember that slope is rise over run—how high the line climbs divided by how far it travels right. In this case, the dotted segment labeled *a* is the rise and the bottom of the triangle labeled *b* is the run. And luckily for us, the tangent function calculates that *a*/*b* ratio! Remember your SOH-CAH-TOA. Tangent = Opposite/Adjacent.

Just use your calculator to evaluate tan 42°. You’ll get 0.90.

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