Posted by C on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 10:54am.
the slope of the first is 2/5 and the slope of the second is 5/2
notice their product is 1, so they are perpendicular.
(slopes are negative reciprocals of each other)
(to get the slope in my head I used the rule:
for Ax + By = C, slope = A/B )
Change into the standard equation for a straight line of y = mx + b
2x+5y=7 and
5y = 2x+7 then divide by 5 to obtain
y=(2/5)x + 7/5
Second equation is
5x2y=8
2y=5x+8
multiply by 1
2y=5x8
y=(5/2)x4
Lines are parallel if the slopes are equal. Lines are perpendicular if the slopes are the negative reciprocal of each other.

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