How can you determine if two lines are perpendicular?
Math - Reiny, Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10:47pm
find their slopes.
If the are the opposite reciprocals of each other, they are perpendicular.
if their product is -1 they are perpendicular.
Math - Diana, Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10:50pm
thank you, But what if the product is something other than -1 Could it still be perpendicular? Why or Why not?
Math - Reiny, Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 11:12pm
nope, if the product is not -1, they are not perpendicular
If the slopes are opposite reciprocals, their product will always be -1. So that is the basic condition.
e.g. slope of first = 4/5
slope of second = -5/4
(4/5)(-5/4) = -1
Math - Diana, Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 11:39pm