## anonymous 4 years ago Why is the product of the gradients of 2 straight line perpendicular to each other is always equal to -1 ?? Please prove it......?

1. anonymous

m1=1/m2 you can use two rules (straight line) to prove it. |dw:1338626026029:dw|

2. anonymous

Give me a hint?

3. anonymous

you can write equation of the lines perpedicular to each other in this form: ax+by=0 -bx+ay=0 this is a hint....:)

4. anonymous

Can you prove it through trigonometry?

5. anonymous

@myko @shirleyx Can you prove it through trigonometry?

6. experimentX

slope = $$\tan(\theta)$$ another slope = $$\tan(\theta - 90) = -\cot \theta$$

7. anonymous

$\cos \alpha x+\sin \alpha y =0$ $-\sin \alpha x + \cos \alpha y =0$

8. anonymous