# Thread: Perpendicular equation help

1. ## Perpendicular equation help

Find p such that the lines whose equations are 3px + 8y = 5 and 6y - 4px = -1 are perpendicular.

The answer should be p = 2, -2

But I don't understand how to obtain that.

2. ## Re: Perpendicular equation help

Right the equations in y=mx+b form. In the first equation you'll have the slope $m_1=\frac{-3p}{8}$ and in the second $m_2=\frac{4p}{6}=\frac{2p}{3}$. Use what you know about the relationship between the slopes of perpendicular lines to solve for p.

3. ## Re: Perpendicular equation help

Originally Posted by adkinsjr
Right the equations in y=mx+b form. In the first equation you'll have the slope $m_1=\frac{-3p}{8}$ and in the second $m_2=\frac{4p}{6}=\frac{2p}{3}$. Use what you know about the relationship between the slopes of perpendicular lines to solve for p.
Thank you For some reason I kept on getting 4, but then I realized I accidentally eliminated the p squared part. Thanks again!!