# PROPERTIES OF PARALLEL LINES

## About "Properties of parallel lines"

Properties of parallel lines :

(i)  Let m₁ and m₂ be the slopes of two lines.

If, the two lines are parallel, then their slopes will be equal.

That is,

m₁  =  m₂

(ii) Let us consider the general form of equation of a straight line ax + by + c  =  0.

If the two lines are parallel, then their general form of equations will differ only in the constant term and they will have the same coefficients of "x" and "y".

That is,

ax + by + c₁  =  0

ax + by + c₂  =  0

(iii)  Let us consider the slope intercept form of equation of a straight line  y  =  mx + b.

If the two lines are parallel, then their slope-intercept form equations will will differ only in the "y"- intercept.

That is,

y = mx + b

y = mx + b

(iv)  Let l₁ and l₂ be two lines.

If the two lines are parallel, the angle between them and the positive side of x-axis will be equal.

The figure given below illustrates the above situation. (v) If the two lines are parallel, the perpendicular distance between them will be same at everywhere.

The figure given below illustrates the above situation. (vi) Let l₁ and l₂ be two parallel lines and the line m intersects the lines l₁ and l.

The figure given below illustrates the above situation. From the above figure, we have the following important properties.

 Vertically opposite angles are equal. < 1  =  < 3  < 2  =  < 4  < 5  =  < 7  < 6  =  < 8
 Corresponding angles are equal. < 1  =  < 5  < 2  =  < 6  < 3  =  < 7  < 4  =  < 8
 Alternate interior  angles  are equal. < 3  =  < 5  < 4  =  < 6
 Alternate exterior angles  are equal. < 1  =  < 7  < 2  =  < 8
 Consecutive interior angles are supplementary. < 3 + < 6  =  180°< 4 + < 5  =  180°

## Properties of parallel lines - Practice problems

Problem 1 :

The slopes of the two lines are 7 and (3k +2). If the two lines are parallel, find the value of "k"

Solution :

If the given two lines are parallel, then their slopes are equal.

3k + 2  =  7

3k  =  5

k  =  5/3

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Problem 2 :

The equations of the two parallel lines are

3x + 2y - 8  =  0

(5k+3) + 2y + 1  =  0

Find the value of "k"

Solution :

If the two lines are parallel, then their general form of equations will differ only in the constant term and they will have the same coefficients of "x" and "y".

If the given two lines are parallel, then their slopes are equal.

3k + 2  =  7

3k  =  5

k  =  5/3

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Problem 3 :

Find the equation  of a straight line is passing through (2, 3) and parallel to the line 2x - y + 7 = 0.

Solution :

Since the required line is parallel to 2x - y + 7  = 0, the equation of the required line and the equation of the given line 2x - y + 7 = 0 will differ only in the constant term.

Therefore, equation of the required line is 2x -y + k = 0  ------> (1)

The required line is passing through (2, 3).

So, we can plug x = 2 and y = 3 in the equation of the required line.

2(2) - 3 + k = 0

4 - 3 + k  =  0

1 + k  =  0

k  =  - 1

Hence, the equation of the required line is 2x -y - 1 = 0.

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Problem 4 :

Verify, whether the two lines 3x + 2y - 7 = 0 and y = -1.5x + 4 are parallel.

Solution :

In the equations of the given two lines, the equation of the second line is not in general form.

Let us write the equation of the second line in general form.

y = -1.5x + 4

1.5x + y - 4 = 0

Multiply by 2 on both sides,

3x + 2y - 8  =  0

Now, let us compare the equations of two lines,

3x + 2y - 7 = 0

3x + 2y - 8  =  0

The above two equations differ only in the constant term.

Hence, the equations of the given two lines are parallel.

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Problem 5 :

Verify, whether the two lines 5x + 7y - 1 = 0 and 10x + 14y + 5 = 0 are parallel.

Solution :

In the equation of the second line 10x+14y + 5 = 0, the coefficients of "x" and "y" have the common divisor 2.

So, let us divide the second equation by 2

(10x/2) + (14y/2) + (5/2)  =  (0/2)

5x + 7y + 2.5  =  0

Now, let us compare the equations of two lines,

5x + 7y - 1  =  0

5x + 7y + 2.5  =  0

The above two equations differ only in the constant term.

Hence, the equations of the given two lines are parallel.

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Problem 6 :

In the figure given below,  let the lines l₁ and l₂ be parallel and m is transversal. If <F  =  65°, find the measure of each of the remaining angles. Solution :

From the given figure,

< F and < H are vertically opposite angles and they are equal.

Then, < H  =  < F -------> < H  =  65°

< H and < D are corresponding angles and they are equal.

Then, < D  =  < H -------> < D  =  65°

< D and < B are vertically opposite angles and they are equal.

Then, < B  =  < D -------> < B  =  65°

< F and < E are together form a straight angle.

Then, we have

< F + < E  =  180°

Plug < F  =  65°

< F + < E  =  180°

65° + < E  =  180°

< E  =  115°

< E and < G are vertically opposite angles and they are equal.

Then, < G  =  < E -------> < G  =  115°

< G and < C are corresponding angles and they are equal.

Then, < C  =  < G -------> < C  =  115°

< C and < A are vertically opposite angles and they are equal.

Then, < A  =  < C -------> < A  =  115°

Therefore,

< A  =  < C  =  < E  =  < G  =  115°

< B  =  < D  =  < F  =  < H  =  65°

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Problem 7 :

In the figure given below,  let the lines l₁ and l₂ be parallel and t is transversal. Find the value of "x" Solution :

From the given figure,

< (2x + 20)° and < (3x - 10)° are corresponding angles.

So, they are equal.

Then, we have

2x + 20  =  3x - 10

30  =  x

Hence, x  =  30°

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Problem 8 :

In the figure given below,  let the lines l₁ and l₂ be parallel and t is transversal. Find trhe value of "x" Solution :

From the given figure,

< (3x + 20)° and < 2x° are consecutive interior angles.

So, they are supplementary.

Then, we have

3x + 20 + 2x  =  180°

5x + 20  =  180°

5x  =  160°

x  =  32°

Hence, x  =  32°

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