The stated intent of the 1994 "don't ask, don't tell" policy was to reduce the number of discharges of gay men and lesbians from the military. Nearly 14,000 active-duty gay servicemembers were dismissed under the policy, which officially ended in 2011, after 18 years. The line graph shows the number of discharges under "don't ask, don't tell" from 1994 through 2010.

Find the average rate of change, rounded to the nearest whole number, from 1994 through 1998. Describe what this means.


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The average rate of change will be the slope of the line or we can simply say that average rate of change(Δm)(\Delta {m}) will be:

Avg. rate of change=Number of dicharged active membersChange in time\text{Avg. rate of change=}\dfrac{\text{Number of dicharged active members}}{\text{Change in time}}

Δm=ΔyΔx=y2y1x2x1\textcolor{#c34632}{\Delta m=\dfrac{\Delta y}{\Delta x}=\dfrac{y_2-y_1}{x_2-x_1}}

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