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### Parallel Lines and Perpendicular Lines

- Parallel lines are two lines in the same plane that do not intersect. Two non-vertical lines are parallel if and only if they have the same slope.
- If you are given the equation of a line and a point not on that line, you can find the equation of the line through this point parallel to the given line by using the point-slope form.
- Perpendicular lines are lines that intersect at right angles. Two non-vertical lines are perpendicular if and only if the product of their slopes is –1 (or, equivalently, their slopes are negative reciprocals of each other).
- You can use this fact to determine whether a pairs of lines whose equations have been given are perpendicular or not.
- If you are given the equation of a line and a point, you can find the equation of the line through this point perpendicular to the given line by using the point-slope form. You must first find the slope of the given line and then take its negative reciprocal.

### Parallel Lines and Perpendicular Lines

A line is parallel to the line whose equation is

y = − [1/4]x − 3

This line also passes through the point ( - 5,7)

Find the equation of this line in slop intercept form.

y = − [1/4]x − 3

This line also passes through the point ( - 5,7)

Find the equation of this line in slop intercept form.

- y = mx + b

parallel lines have the same slope

m = − [1/4]b = ? - 7 = − [1/4]( − 5) + b
- 7 = [5/4] + b
- 7 = 1[1/4] + b
- 5[3/4] = b

y = − [1/4]x + 5[3/4]

A line is parallel to the line whose equation is

y = − [3/7]x + 6

This line also passes through the point ( - 4,2)

Find the equation of this line in slop intercept form.

y = − [3/7]x + 6

This line also passes through the point ( - 4,2)

Find the equation of this line in slop intercept form.

- y = mx + b

parallel lines have the same slope

m = − [3/7]b = ? - 2 = − [3/7]( − 4) + b
- 2 = [12/7] + b
- 2 = 1[5/7] + b
- [2/7] = b

y = - [3/7]x + [2/7]

Are the lines determined by the equations

3x − 6y = 18

4x − 2y = 12

parallel, perpendicular, or neither?

3x − 6y = 18

4x − 2y = 12

parallel, perpendicular, or neither?

- 3x − 6y = 18
- − 6y = 18 − 3x
- y = [(18 − 3x)/( − 6)]
- y = [18/( − 6)] − [3x/( − 6)]
- y = − 3 + [x/2]m = [1/2]
- 4x − 2y = 12
- − 2y = − 4x + 12
- y = [( − 4x + 12)/( − 2)]
- y = 2x − 6m = 2
- ([1/2]) ≠ − 1
- ([1/2]) ≠ (2)

neither

Are the lines determined by the equations

5x − 2y = 10

2x + 12y = 24

parallel, perpendicular, or neither?

5x − 2y = 10

2x + 12y = 24

parallel, perpendicular, or neither?

- 5x − 2y = 10
- − 2y = − 5x + 10
- y = [( − 5x)/( − 2)] + [10/( − 2)]
- y = [5/2]x − 5m = [5/2]
- 2x + 12y = 24
- 12y = − 2x + 24
- y = [( − 2x)/12] + [24/12]
- y = − [x/6] + 2m = − [1/6]
- (−[1/6])([5/2]) ≠ − 1
- (−[1/6]) ≠ ([5/2])

neither

A line passes through the point ( - 4, - 3) and is perpendicular to the line whose equation is y = 1/5 x − 6. Find the equation of this line in slope intercept form.

- y = mx + b

m = [1/5]

negative reciprocal = - 5 - − 3 = − 5( − 4) + b
- − 3 = 20 + b
- − 23 = b

y = − 5x − 23

A line passes through the point (5,4) and is perpendicular to the line whose equation is y = − 7/10 x + 3. Find the equation of this line in slope intercept form.

- y = mx + b

m = − [7/10]

negative reciprocal = [10/7] - 4 = [10/7](5) + b
- 4 = [50/7] + b
- 4 = 7[1/7] + b
- - 3[1/7] = b

y = [10/7]x − 3[1/7]

A line is perpendicular to the line whose equation is 2x − 4y = 8. This line also passes through the y - intercept of the graph of x − 5y = 20. Find the equation of this line in slope intercept form.

- 2x − 4y = 8
- − 4y = − 2x + 8
- y = [( − 2x + 8)/( − 4)]
- y = [1/2]x − 2
- m = [1/2]

slope of perpendicular line = - 2 - x − 5y = 20
- − 5y = − x + 20
- y = [( − x + 20)/( − 5)]
- y = [1/5]x − 4b = − 4

y = − 2x + 4

A line is perpendicular to the line whose equation is 3x − 7y = 42. This line also passes through the y - intercept of the graph of 6x + 3y = 30. Find the equation of this line in slope intercept form.

- 3x − 7y = 42
- − 7y = − 3x + 42
- y = [( − 3x + 42)/( − 7)]
- y = [3/7]x − 6

negative reciprocal = − [7/3] - 6x + 3y = 30
- 3y = − 6x + 30
- y = [( − 6x + 30)/3]
- y = − 2x + 10

b = 10

y = − [7/3]x + 10

A line is parallel to the line whose equation is

y = − [2/5]x − 6

This line also passes through the point ( - 10,12)

Find the equation of this line in slop intercept form.

y = − [2/5]x − 6

This line also passes through the point ( - 10,12)

Find the equation of this line in slop intercept form.

- y = mx + b

parallel lines have the same slope

m = − [2/5]b = ? - 12 = − [2/5]( − 10) + b
- 12 = [20/5] + b
- 12 = 4 + b
- 16 = b

y = − [2/5]x + 16

A line passes through the point ( - 6, - 4) and is perpendicular to the line whose equation is y = − 2/3 x + 8. Find the equation of this line in slope intercept form.

- m = − [2/3]

negative reciprocal = [3/2] - − 4 = [3/2]( − 6) + b
- − 4 = [( − 18)/2] + b
- − 4 = − 9 + b
- 5 = b

y = [3/2]x + 5

*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.

Answer

### Parallel Lines and Perpendicular Lines

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- Intro 0:00
- Parallel Lines 0:08
- Example
- Vertical Lines
- Perpendicular Lines 1:19
- Negative Reciprocal
- Example
- Example 1: Slope Intercept Form 3:25
- Example 2: Parallel or Perpendicular 6:15
- Example 3: Slope Intercept Form 9:27
- Example 4: Slope Intercept Form 12:35

3 answers

Last reply by: Dr Carleen Eaton

Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:39 PM

Post by leo leyva on July 16, 2013

i think at minute 14:20 in the equation on the step -8y=-3/-8(x)+2/-8 you simplified wrong the slope... you didnt turn it into a negative you left it as a positive. or am i wrong? sincerely confused)