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Unit 7

7.3 Sketching Slope Fields

1 min readโ€ขapril 26, 2020

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Jacob Jeffries


Slope fields allow us to visualize a solution to a differential equation without actually solving the differential equation. Letโ€™s construct a slope field to solidify this idea. ๐Ÿง 
Slope fields essentially draw the slopes of line segments that go through certain points. Letโ€™s consider the following differential equation:
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The slope (m) at point (x, y), in this case, is just x + y, which we can put into a table for various coordinates:
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We can use this data to draw an approximate solution to the differential equation by drawing short line segments through each point that have the corresponding slope: ๐ŸŒ„
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