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    Cool find x if the slope of the line...

    find x if the slope of the line through (1,2) and (x,0) is the negative of the slope of the
    line through (4,5) and (x,0)
    I know that these slopes do not have to be perpendicular to each other.
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    Let m_1 be the slope of the first line, and m_2 be the slope of the second line ..

    Since the slope of the first line is the negative of the slope of the second line, we conclude that :

    m_1=-m_2 ..... (1)

    m_1=\frac{0-2}{x-1}=\frac{-2}{x-1} ... (2)

    m_2=\frac{0-5}{x-4}=\frac{-5}{x-4} ... (3)

    If we substitute (2) & (3) in (1), we will get the following equation :

    \frac{-2}{x-1}=\frac{5}{x-4}

    Solve the last equation for x.
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    you have to solve:
    -2/(x-1)=5/(x-4)
    if x<>1 and x<>4 then this is equivalent to -2(x-4)=5(x-1)
    7x=13
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