Perpendicular lines

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Perpendicular lines

IB Mathematics SL, slope of a line, perpendicular & parallel lines

How can we find the slope of the line which is perpendicular to the line $y=4x+7$ ?

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Jane

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Re: Perpendicular lines

IB Math SL, gradient of a line, perpendicular - parallel lines

If two lines are perpendicular their slopes are negative reciprocals and if two lines are parallel have equal slopes.
Regarding your question about the gradient of the line which is perpendicular to the line $y=4x+7$.

Let $m$ be the required slope then we have the following relation:

$m \cdot 4=-1 =>m=\frac{-1}{4}=- \frac{1}{4}$

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nicole

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Re: Perpendicular lines

Thanks Nicole!
Jane

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