Parallel lines are two lines that never intersect. In the coordinate plane, that would look like this :
If we take a closer look at these two lines, the slope of both the lines is 1/2.
This can be generalized to any pair of parallel lines. Parallel lines always have the same slope and different y−intercepts.
Postulate (Slopes of Parallel Lines) :
In a coordinate plane, two lines are parallel if and only if they have the same slope.
Recall that the definition of perpendicular is two lines that intersect at a 90°, or right angle. In the coordinate plane, that would look like this :
If we take a closer look at these two lines, we see that the slope of one is 2 and the other is -1/2.
This can be generalized to any pair of perpendicular lines in the coordinate plane. The slopes of perpendicular lines are opposite signs and reciprocals of each other.
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The product of slopes of any two perpendicular lines is always equal to -1.
In the above example, we have
(-1/2) x 2 = -1
Postulate (Slopes of Perpendicular Lines) :
In a coordinate plane, two lines are perpendicular if and only if the product of their slopes is -1.
Example 1 :
Think of each segment in the diagram as part of a line.
Which of the lines appear to fit the descriptions given below?
(i) Parallel to AB and contains D
(ii) Perpendicular to AB and contains D
(iii) Skew to AB and contains D
(iv) Name the plane(s) that contain D and appear to be parallel to plane ABE.
Solution (i) :
CD, GH and EF are all parallel to AB. But, only CD passes through D and is parallel to AB.
Solution (ii) :
BC, AD, AE and BF are all perpendicular to AB. But, only AD passes through D and is perpendicular to AB.
Solution (iii) :
DG, DH and DE all pass through D and are skew to AB.
Solution (iv) :
Only plane DCH contains D and is parallel to plane ABE.
Example 2 :
In the diagram given below, lines m, n and k represent three of the oars. If m||n and n||k, then prove m||k.
Solution :
Statements m||n ∠1 ≅ ∠2 n||k ∠2 ≅ ∠3 ∠1 ≅ ∠3 m||k |
Reasons Given Corresponding angles postulate Given Corresponding angles postulate Transitive property of congruence Corresponding angle converse |
Example 3 :
In the diagram given below, find the slope of each line. Determine whether the lines j_{1 }and j_{2 }are parallel.
Solution :
Line j_{1} has a slope of
m_{2} = 4/2 = 2
Line j_{2} has a slope of
m_{2} = 2/1 = 2
Since the slope of the lines j_{1 }and j_{2 }are equal, the lines j_{1 }and j_{2 }are parallel.
Example 4 :
In the diagram given below, line n_{1} has the equation
y = -x/3 -1
Line n_{2} is parallel to the line n_{1} and passes through the point (3, 2).
Write the equation of the line n_{2}.
Solution :
The slope of the line n_{1} is -1/3. Because the lines n_{1} and n_{2} are parallel, they have the same slope. So, the slope of the line n_{2} is also -1/3.
Slope-intercept form equation of a line :
y = mx + b ----(1)
Because the line n_{2} is passing through (3, 2), substitute (x, y) = (3, 2) and m = -1/3.
2 = (-1/3)(3) + b
2 = -1 + b
Add 1 to both sides.
3 = b
The equation of the required line is
(1) ----> y = (-1/3)x + 3
y = -x/3 + 3
Example 5 :
Decide whether the lines are perpendicular.
Line 1 : y = 3x/4 + 2
Line 2 : y = -4x/3 - 3
Solution :
When we compare the given equations to slope intercept equation of a line y = mx + b, we get
slope of line 1 = 3/4
slope of line 2 = -4/3
Multiply the slopes :
The product is
= (3/4) x (-4/3)
= - 1
Since the product of slopes of the lines is -1, the given lines are perpendicular.
Example 6 :
In the diagram given below, the equation y = 3x/2 + 3 represents a mirror. A ray of light hits the mirror at (-2, 0). What is the equation of the line p that is perpendicular to the mirror at this point?
Solution :
The slope of the mirror is 3/2. So, the slope of the line p is -2/3.
Let y = mx + b be the equation of the line p.
Substitute (x, y) = (-2, 0) and m = -2/3 to find the value of b.
0 = (-2/3)(-2) + b
0 = 4/3 + b
Subtract 4/3 from both sides.
-4/3 = b
So, the equation of the line p is
y = -2x/3 - 4/3
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