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    Slope Problem

    The line joining (3,h) and (5,10) is parallel to y=3x+4 Find h. I found h to be 4 which I know is correct. Secondly, find h if these two lines are perpendicular. This is the part I don't know how to do.
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    Let line L have a gradient of G. Then a line perpendicular to L has gradient \frac {-1}{G}.

    Does that help?
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    not really...
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    You found h, presumably by making the gradient of the line joining (3,h) and (5,10) the same as the gradient of y=3x+4 (i.e. 3).

    So now you want to select h so that the gradient of the line joining (3,h) and (5,10) is -1/3.
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