Hi folks,
I am trying to show that the angle between two straight lines is given by:
I am using vector methods but my problem is the algebra. If the vector equation of a line is given by
. And the second line by subscript 2, the angle between the lines is given by:
for a straight line of the form y = mx + c we have:
or,
So, the angle between the two lines is given by
At this stage I decided to square both sides and look for a chance to combine 1 and
to give
then simplify and take a square root to get back to
instead things got very messy indeed. Am I on the right track? I know it's murder trying to type lots of algebra but I suspect there would be less algebra if it was done right! A few lines in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!
best regards