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Exercise 9.1  
Exercise 9.2  
Exercise 9.3  
Exercise Miscellaneous 
Q1: Draw a quadrilateral in the Cartesian plane, whose vertices are (–4, 5), (0, 7), (5, –5) and (–4, –2). Also, find its area.
Ans: Let ABCD be the given quadrilateral with vertices A (–4, 5), B (0, 7), C (5, –5), and D (–4, –2).
Then, by plotting A, B, C, and D on the Cartesian plane and joining AB, BC, CD, and DA, the given quadrilateral can be drawn as
To find the area of quadrilateral ABCD, we draw one diagonal, say AC.
Accordingly, area (ABCD) = area (ΔABC) + area (ΔACD)
We know that the area of a triangle whose vertices are (x_{1}, y_{1}), (x_{2}, y_{2}), and (x_{3}, y_{3}) is
Therefore, area of ΔABC
Area of ΔACD
Thus, area (ABCD)
Q2: The base of an equilateral triangle with side 2a lies along they yaxis such that the mid point of the base is at the origin. Find vertices of the triangle.
Ans: Let ABC be the given equilateral triangle with side 2a.
Accordingly, AB = BC = CA = 2a
Assume that base BC lies along the yaxis such that the midpoint of BC is at the origin.
i.e., BO = OC = a, where O is the origin.
Now, it is clear that the coordinates of point C are (0, a), while the coordinates of point B are (0, –a).
It is known that the line joining a vertex of an equilateral triangle with the midpoint of its opposite side is perpendicular.
Hence, vertex A lies on the yaxis.
On applying Pythagoras theorem to ΔAOC, we obtain
(AC)^{2} = (OA)^{2} (OC)^{2}
⇒ (2a)^{2} = (OA)^{2} a^{2}
⇒ 4a^{2} – a^{2} = (OA)^{2}
⇒ (OA)^{2} = 3a^{2}
⇒ OA =
∴ Coordinates of point A =
Thus, the vertices of the given equilateral triangle are (0, a), (0, –a), and or (0, a), (0, –a), and .
Q3: Find the distance between and when:
(i) PQ is parallel to the yaxis
(ii) PQ is parallel to the xaxis.
Ans: The given points are and .
(i) When PQ is parallel to the yaxis, x_{1} = x_{2}.
In this case, distance between P and Q
(ii) When PQ is parallel to the xaxis, y_{1} = y_{2}.
In this case, distance between P and Q
Q4: Find a point on the xaxis, which is equidistant from the points (7, 6) and (3, 4).
Ans: Let (a, 0) be the point on the x axis that is equidistant from the points (7, 6) and (3, 4).
On squaring both sides, we obtain
a^{2} – 14a + 85 = a^{2} – 6a + 25
⇒ –14a + 6a = 25 – 85
⇒ –8a = –60
Thus, the required point on the xaxis is .
Q5: Find the slope of a line, which passes through the origin, and the midpoint of the line segment joining the points P (0, –4) and B (8, 0).
Ans: The coordinates of the midpoint of the line segment joining the points
P (0, –4) and B (8, 0) are
It is known that the slope (m) of a nonvertical line passing through the points (x_{1}, y_{1}) and (x_{2}, y_{2}) is given by .
Therefore, the slope of the line passing through (0, 0) and (4, –2) is
.
Hence, the required slope of the line is .
Q6: Without using the Pythagoras theorem, show that the points (4, 4), (3, 5) and (–1, –1) are the vertices of a right angled triangle.
Ans: The vertices of the given triangle are A (4, 4), B (3, 5), and C (–1, –1).
It is known that the slope (m) of a nonvertical line passing through the points (x_{1}, y_{1}) and (x_{2}, y_{2}) is given by .
∴ Slope of AB (m_{1})
Slope of BC (m_{2})
Slope of CA (m_{3})
It is observed that m_{1}m_{3} = –1
This shows that line segments AB and CA are perpendicular to each other
i.e., the given triangle is rightangled at A (4, 4).
Thus, the points (4, 4), (3, 5), and (–1, –1) are the vertices of a rightangled triangle.
Q7: Find the slope of the line, which makes an angle of 30° with the positive direction of yaxis measured anticlockwise.
Ans: If a line makes an angle of 30° with the positive direction of the yaxis measured anticlockwise, then the angle made by the line with the positive direction of the xaxis measured anticlockwise is 90° + 30° = 120°.
Thus, the slope of the given line is tan 120° = tan (180° – 60°) = –tan 60° .
Q8: Without using distance formula, show that points (–2, –1), (4, 0), (3, 3) and (–3, 2) are vertices of a parallelogram.
Ans: Let points (–2, –1), (4, 0), (3, 3), and (–3, 2) be respectively denoted by A, B, C, and D.
Slope of AB
Slope of CD =
⇒ Slope of AB = Slope of CD
⇒ AB and CD are parallel to each other.
Now, slope of BC =
Slope of AD =
⇒ Slope of BC = Slope of AD
⇒ BC and AD are parallel to each other.
Therefore, both pairs of opposite sides of quadrilateral ABCD are parallel. Hence, ABCD is a parallelogram.
Thus, points (–2, –1), (4, 0), (3, 3), and (–3, 2) are the vertices of a parallelogram.
Q9: Find the angle between the xaxis and the line joining the points (3, –1) and (4, –2).
Ans: The slope of the line joining the points (3, –1) and (4, –2) is
Now, the inclination (θ ) of the line joining the points (3, –1) and (4, – 2) is given by tan θ= –1
⇒ θ = (90° + 45°) = 135°
Thus, the angle between the xaxis and the line joining the points (3, –1) and (4, –2) is 135°.
Q10: The slope of a line is double of the slope of another line. If tangent of the angle between them is 1/3 , find the slopes of he lines.
Ans: Let be the slopes of the two given lines such that .
We know that if θ is the angle between the lines l_{1} and l_{2} with slopes m_{1} and m_{2}, then .
It is given that the tangent of the angle between the two lines is .
Case I
If m = –1, then the slopes of the lines are –1 and –2.
If m = , then the slopes of the lines are and –1.
Case II
If m = 1, then the slopes of the lines are 1 and 2.
If m = , then the slopes of the lines are .
Hence, the slopes of the lines are –1 and –2 or and –1 or 1 and 2 or .
Q11: A line passes through . If slope of the line is m, show that .
Ans: The slope of the line passing through is .
It is given that the slope of the line is m.
Hence,
Q1: Write the equations for the x and yaxes.
Ans: The ycoordinate of every point on the xaxis is 0.
Therefore, the equation of the xaxis is y = 0.
The xcoordinate of every point on the yaxis is 0.
Therefore, the equation of the yaxis is y = 0.
Q2: Find the equation of the line which passes through the point (–4, 3) with slope .
Ans: We know that the equation of the line passing through point , whose slope is m, is .
Thus, the equation of the line passing through point (–4, 3), whose slope is , is
Q3: Find the equation of the line which passes though (0, 0) with slope m.
Ans: We know that the equation of the line passing through point , whose slope is m, is .
Thus, the equation of the line passing through point (0, 0), whose slope is m,is
(y – 0) = m(x – 0)
i.e., y = mx
Q4: Find the equation of the line which passes though and is inclined with the xaxis at an angle of 75°.
Ans: The slope of the line that inclines with the xaxis at an angle of 75° is m = tan 75°
We know that the equation of the line passing through point , whose slope is m, is .
Thus, if a line passes though and inclines with the xaxis at an angle of 75°, then the equation of the line is given as
Q5: Find the equation of the line which intersects the xaxis at a distance of 3 units to the left of origin with slope –2.
Ans: It is known that if a line with slope m makes xintercept d, then the equation of the line is given as
y = m(x – d)
For the line intersecting the xaxis at a distance of 3 units to the left of the origin, d = –3.
The slope of the line is given as m = –2
Thus, the required equation of the given line is
y = –2 [x – (–3)]
y = –2x – 6
i.e., 2x + y + 6 = 0
Q6: Find the equation of the line which intersects the yaxis at a distance of 2 units above the origin and makes an angle of 30° with the positive direction of the xaxis.
Ans: It is known that if a line with slope m makes yintercept c, then the equation of the line is given as
y = mx + c
Here, c = 2 and m = tan 30° .
Thus, the required equation of the given line is
Q7: Find the equation of the line which passes through the points (–1, 1) and (2, –4).
Ans: t is known that the equation of the line passing through points (x_{1}, y_{1}) and (x_{2}, y_{2}) is .
Therefore, the equation of the line passing through the points (–1, 1) and
(2, –4) is
Q8: The vertices of ΔPQR are P (2, 1), Q (–2, 3) and R (4, 5). Find equation of the median through the vertex R.
Ans: It is given that the vertices of ΔPQR are P (2, 1), Q (–2, 3), and R (4, 5).
Let RL be the median through vertex R.
Accordingly, L is the midpoint of PQ.
By midpoint formula, the coordinates of point L are given by
It is known that the equation of the line passing through points (x_{1}, y_{1}) and (x_{2}, y_{2}) is .
Therefore, the equation of RL can be determined by substituting (x_{1}, y_{1}) = (4, 5) and (x_{2}, y_{2}) = (0, 2).
Hence,
Thus, the required equation of the median through vertex R is .
Q9: Find the equation of the line passing through (–3, 5) and perpendicular to the line through the points (2, 5) and (–3, 6).
Ans: The slope of the line joining the points (2, 5) and (–3, 6) is
We know that two nonvertical lines are perpendicular to each other if and only if their slopes are negative reciprocals of each other.
Therefore, slope of the line perpendicular to the line through the points (2, 5) and (–3, 6)
Now, the equation of the line passing through point (–3, 5), whose slope is 5, is
Q10: A line perpendicular to the line segment joining the points (1, 0) and (2, 3) divides it in the ratio 1:n. Find the equation of the line.
Ans: According to the section formula, the coordinates of the point that divides the line segment joining the points (1, 0) and (2, 3) in the ratio 1: n is given by
The slope of the line joining the points (1, 0) and (2, 3) is
We know that two nonvertical lines are perpendicular to each other if and only if their slopes are negative reciprocals of each other.
Therefore, slope of the line that is perpendicular to the line joining the points (1, 0) and (2, 3)
Now, the equation of the line passing through and whose slope is is given by
Q11: Find the equation of a line that cuts off equal intercepts on the coordinate axes and passes through the point (2, 3).
Ans: The equation of a line in the intercept form is
Here, a and b are the intercepts on x and y axes respectively.
It is given that the line cuts off equal intercepts on both the axes. This means that a = b.
Accordingly, equation (i) reduces to
Since the given line passes through point (2, 3), equation (ii) reduces to
2 + 3 = a ⇒ a = 5
On substituting the value of a in equation (ii), we obtain
x + y = 5, which is the required equation of the line
Q12: Find equation of the line passing through the point (2, 2) and cutting off intercepts on the axes whose sum is 9.
Ans: The equation of a line in the intercept form is
Here, a and b are the intercepts on x and y axes respectively.
It is given that a + b = 9 ⇒ b = 9 – a … (ii)
From equations (i) and (ii), we obtain
It is given that the line passes through point (2, 2). Therefore, equation (iii) reduces to
If a = 6 and b = 9 – 6 = 3, then the equation of the line is
If a = 3 and b = 9 – 3 = 6, then the equation of the line is
Q13: Find equation of the line through the point (0, 2) making an angle with the positive xaxis. Also, find the equation of line parallel to it and crossing the yaxis at a distance of 2 units below the origin.
Ans: The slope of the line making an angle with the positive xaxis is
Now, the equation of the line passing through point (0, 2) and having a slope is .
The slope of line parallel to line is .
It is given that the line parallel to line crosses the yaxis 2 units below the origin i.e., it passes through point (0, –2).
Hence, the equation of the line passing through point (0, –2) and having a slope is
Q14: The perpendicular from the origin to a line meets it at the point (– 2, 9), find the equation of the line.
Ans: The slope of the line joining the origin (0, 0) and point (–2, 9) is
Accordingly, the slope of the line perpendicular to the line joining the origin and point (– 2, 9) is
Now, the equation of the line passing through point (–2, 9) and having a slope m_{2} is
Q15: The length L (in centimetre) of a copper rod is a linear function of its Celsius temperature C. In an experiment, if L = 124.942 when C = 20 and L = 125.134 when C = 110, express L in terms of C.
Ans: It is given that when C = 20, the value of L is 124.942, whereas when C = 110, the value of L is 125.134.
Accordingly, points (20, 124.942) and (110, 125.134) satisfy the linear relation between L and C.
Now, assuming C along the xaxis and L along the yaxis, we have two points i.e., (20, 124.942) and (110, 125.134) in the XY plane.
Therefore, the linear relation between L and C is the equation of the line passing through points (20, 124.942) and (110, 125.134).
(L – 124.942) =
Q16: The owner of a milk store finds that, he can sell 980 litres of milk each week at Rs 14/litre and 1220 litres of milk each week at Rs 16/litre. Assuming a linear relationship between selling price and demand, how many litres could he sell weekly at Rs 17/litre?
Ans: The relationship between selling price and demand is linear.
Assuming selling price per litre along the xaxis and demand along the yaxis, we have two points i.e., (14, 980) and (16, 1220) in the XY plane that satisfy the linear relationship between selling price and demand.
Therefore, the linear relationship between selling price per litre and demand is the equation of the line passing through points (14, 980) and (16, 1220).
When x = Rs 17/litre,
Thus, the owner of the milk store could sell 1340 litres of milk weekly at Rs 17/litre.
Q17: P (a, b) is the midpoint of a line segment between axes. Show that equation of the line is
Ans: Let AB be the line segment between the axes and let P (a, b) be its midpoint.
Let the coordinates of A and B be (0, y) and (x, 0) respectively.
Since P (a, b) is the midpoint of AB,
Thus, the respective coordinates of A and B are (0, 2b) and (2a, 0).
The equation of the line passing through points (0, 2b) and (2a, 0) is
On dividing both sides by ab, we obtain
Thus,the equation of the line is .
Q18: Point R (h, k) divides a line segment between the axes in the ratio 1:2. Find equation of the line.
Ans: Let AB be the line segment between the axes such that point R (h, k) divides AB in the ratio 1: 2.
Let the respective coordinates of A and B be (x, 0) and (0, y).
Since point R (h, k) divides AB in the ratio 1: 2, according to the section formula,
Therefore, the respective coordinates of A and B are and (0, 3k).
Now, the equation of line AB passing through points and (0, 3k) is
Thus, the required equation of the line is 2kx + hy = 3hk.
Q19: By using the concept of equation of a line, prove that the three points (3, 0), (–2, –2) and (8, 2) are collinear.
Ans: In order to show that points (3, 0), (–2, –2), and (8, 2) are collinear, it suffices to show that the line passing through points (3, 0) and (–2, –2) also passes through point (8, 2).
The equation of the line passing through points (3, 0) and (–2, –2) is
It is observed that at x = 8 and y = 2,
L.H.S. = 2 × 8 – 5 × 2 = 16 – 10 = 6 = R.H.S.
Therefore, the line passing through points (3, 0) and (–2, –2) also passes through point (8, 2). Hence, points (3, 0), (–2, –2), and (8, 2) are collinear.
Question 1: Reduce the following equations into slopeintercept form and find their slopes and the yintercepts.
(i) x + 7y = 0
(ii) 6x + 3y – 5 = 0
(iii) y = 0
ANSWER :  (i) The given equation is x + 7y = 0.
It can be written as
This equation is of the form y = mx + c, where .
Therefore, equation (1) is in the slopeintercept form, where the slope and the yintercept are and 0 respectively.
(ii) The given equation is 6x + 3y – 5 = 0.
It can be written as
Therefore, equation (2) is in the slopeintercept form, where the slope and the yintercept are –2 and respectively.
(iii) The given equation is y = 0.
It can be written as
y = 0.x + 0 … (3)
This equation is of the form y = mx + c, where m = 0 and c = 0.
Therefore, equation (3) is in the slopeintercept form, where the slope and the yintercept are 0 and 0 respectively.
Question 2: Reduce the following equations into intercept form and find their intercepts on the axes.
(i) 3x + 2y – 12 = 0
(ii) 4x – 3y = 6
(iii) 3y + 2 = 0.
ANSWER :  (i) The given equation is 3x + 2y – 12 = 0.
It can be written as
This equation is of the form , where a = 4 and b = 6.
Therefore, equation (1) is in the intercept form, where the intercepts on the x and y axes are 4 and 6 respectively.
(ii) The given equation is 4x – 3y = 6.
It can be written as
This equation is of the form , where a = and b = –2.
Therefore, equation (2) is in the intercept form, where the intercepts on the x and y axes are and –2 respectively.
(iii) The given equation is 3y + 2 = 0.
It can be written as
This equation is of the form , where a = 0 and b = .
Therefore, equation (3) is in the intercept form, where the intercept on the yaxis is and it has no intercept on the xaxis.
Question 3: Find the distance of the point (–1, 1) from the line 12(x + 6) = 5(y – 2).
ANSWER :  The given equation of the line is 12(x + 6) = 5(y – 2).
⇒ 12x + 72 = 5y – 10
⇒12x – 5y + 82 = 0 … (1)
On comparing equation (1) with general equation of line Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = 12, B = –5, and C = 82.
It is known that the perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
The given point is (x_{1}, y_{1}) = (–1, 1).
Therefore, the distance of point (–1, 1) from the given line
Question 4: Find the points on the xaxis, whose distances from the line are 4 units.
ANSWER :  The given equation of line is
On comparing equation (1) with general equation of line Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = 4, B = 3, and C = –12.
Let (a, 0) be the point on the xaxis whose distance from the given line is 4 units.
It is known that the perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
Therefore,
Thus, the required points on the xaxis are (–2, 0) and (8, 0).
Question 5: Find the distance between parallel lines
(i) 15x + 8y – 34 = 0 and 15x + 8y + 31 = 0
(ii) l (x + y) + p = 0 and l (x + y) – r = 0
ANSWER :  It is known that the distance (d) between parallel lines Ax + By + C_{1} = 0 and Ax + By + C_{2} = 0 is given by .
(i) The given parallel lines are 15x + 8y – 34 = 0 and 15x + 8y +31 = 0.
Here, A = 15, B = 8, C_{1} = –34, and C_{2} = 31.
Therefore, the distance between the parallel lines is
(ii) The given parallel lines are l (x + y) + p = 0 and l (x + y) – r = 0.
lx + ly + p = 0 and lx + ly – r = 0
Here, A = l, B = l, C_{1} = p, and C_{2} = –r.
Therefore, the distance between the parallel lines is
Question 6: Find equation of the line parallel to the line 3x – 4y + 2 = 0 and passing through the point (–2, 3).
ANSWER :  The equation of the given line is
, which is of the form y = mx + c
∴ Slope of the given line
It is known that parallel lines have the same slope.
∴ Slope of the other line =
Now, the equation of the line that has a slope of and passes through the point (–2, 3) is
Question 7: Find equation of the line perpendicular to the line x – 7y + 5 = 0 and having x intercept 3.
ANSWER :  The given equation of line is .
, which is of the form y = mx + c
∴Slope of the given line
The slope of the line perpendicular to the line having a slope of is
The equation of the line with slope –7 and xintercept 3 is given by
y = m (x – d)
⇒ y = –7 (x – 3)
⇒ y = –7x 21
⇒ 7x + y = 21
Question 8: Find angles between the lines
ANSWER :  The given lines are .
The slope of line (1) is , while the slope of line (2) is .
The acute angle i.e., θ between the two lines is given by
Thus, the angle between the given lines is either 30° or 180° – 30° = 150°.
Question 9: The line through the points (h, 3) and (4, 1) intersects the line 7x – 9y – 19 = 0. at right angle. Find the value of h.
ANSWER :  The slope of the line passing through points (h, 3) and (4, 1) is
The slope of line 7x – 9y – 19 = 0 or is .
It is given that the two lines are perpendicular.
Thus, the value of h is .
Question 10: Prove that the line through the point (x_{1}, y_{1}) and parallel to the line Ax + By + C = 0 is A (x –x_{1}) + B (y – y_{1}) = 0.
ANSWER :  The slope of line Ax + By C = 0 or is
It is known that parallel lines have the same slope.
∴ Slope of the other line =
The equation of the line passing through point (x_{1}, y_{1}) and having a slope is
Hence, the line through point (x_{1}, y_{1}) and parallel to line Ax + By + C = 0 is
A (x –x_{1}) + B (y – y_{1}) = 0
Question 11: Two lines passing through the point (2, 3) intersects each other at an angle of 60°. If slope of one line is 2, find equation of the other line.
ANSWER :  It is given that the slope of the first line, m_{1} = 2.
Let the slope of the other line be m_{2}.
The angle between the two lines is 60°.
The equation of the line passing through point (2, 3) and having a slope of is
In this case, the equation of the other line is .
The equation of the line passing through point (2, 3) and having a slope of is
In this case, the equation of the other line is .
Thus, the required equation of the other line is or .
Question 12: Find the equation of the right bisector of the line segment joining the points (3, 4) and (–1, 2).
ANSWER :  The right bisector of a line segment bisects the line segment at 90°.
The endpoints of the line segment are given as A (3, 4) and B (–1, 2).
Accordingly, midpoint of AB
Slope of AB
∴Slope of the line perpendicular to AB =
The equation of the line passing through (1, 3) and having a slope of –2 is
(y – 3) = –2 (x – 1)
y – 3 = –2x + 2
2x + y = 5
Thus, the required equation of the line is 2x + y = 5.
Question 13: Find the coordinates of the foot of perpendicular from the point (–1, 3) to the line 3x – 4y – 16 = 0.
ANSWER :  Let (a, b) be the coordinates of the foot of the perpendicular from the point (–1, 3) to the line 3x – 4y – 16 = 0.
Slope of the line joining (–1, 3) and (a, b), m_{1}
Slope of the line 3x – 4y – 16 = 0 or
Since these two lines are perpendicular, m_{1}m_{2} = –1
Point (a, b) lies on line 3x – 4y = 16.
∴3a – 4b = 16 … (2)
On solving equations (1) and (2), we obtain
Thus, the required coordinates of the foot of the perpendicular are .
Question 14: The perpendicular from the origin to the line y = mx + c meets it at the point (–1, 2). Find the values of m and c.
ANSWER :  The given equation of line is y = mx + c.
It is given that the perpendicular from the origin meets the given line at (–1, 2).
Therefore, the line joining the points (0, 0) and (–1, 2) is perpendicular to the given line.
∴Slope of the line joining (0, 0) and (–1, 2)
The slope of the given line is m.
Since point (–1, 2) lies on the given line, it satisfies the equation y = mx + c.
Thus, the respective values of m and c are .
Question 15: If p and q are the lengths of perpendiculars from the origin to the lines x cos θ – y sin θ = k cos 2θ and x sec θ + y cosec θ = k, respectively, prove that p^{2} + 4q^{2} = k^{2}
ANSWER :  The equations of given lines are
x cos θ – y sinθ = k cos 2θ … (1)
x secθ + y cosec θ= k … (2)
The perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
On comparing equation (1) to the general equation of line i.e., Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = cosθ, B = –sinθ, and C = –k cos 2θ.
It is given that p is the length of the perpendicular from (0, 0) to line (1).
On comparing equation (2) to the general equation of line i.e., Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = secθ, B = cosecθ, and C = –k.
It is given that q is the length of the perpendicular from (0, 0) to line (2).
From (3) and (4), we have
Hence, we proved that p^{2} + 4q^{2} = k^{2}.
Question 16: In the triangle ABC with vertices A (2, 3), B (4, –1) and C (1, 2), find the equation and length of altitude from the vertex A.
ANSWER :  Let AD be the altitude of triangle ABC from vertex A.
Accordingly, AD⊥BC
The equation of the line passing through point (2, 3) and having a slope of 1 is
(y – 3) = 1(x – 2)
⇒ x – y + 1 = 0
⇒ y – x = 1
Therefore, equation of the altitude from vertex A = y – x = 1.
Length of AD = Length of the perpendicular from A (2, 3) to BC
The equation of BC is
The perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
On comparing equation (1) to the general equation of line Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = 1, B = 1, and C = –3.
∴Length of AD
Thus, the equation and the length of the altitude from vertex A are y – x = 1 and units respectively.
Question 17: If p is the length of perpendicular from the origin to the line whose intercepts on the axes are a and b, then show that .
ANSWER :  It is known that the equation of a line whose intercepts on the axes are a and b is
The perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
On comparing equation (1) to the general equation of line Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = b, B = a, and C = –ab.
Therefore, if p is the length of the perpendicular from point (x_{1}, y_{1}) = (0, 0) to line (1), we obtain
On squaring both sides, we obtain
Hence, we showed that .
Question 1: Find the values of k for which the line is
(a) Parallel to the xaxis,
(b) Parallel to the yaxis,
(c) Passing through the origin.
ANSWER :  The given equation of line is
(k – 3) x – (4 – k^{2}) y + k^{2} – 7k + 6 = 0 … (1)
(a) If the given line is parallel to the xaxis, then
Slope of the given line = Slope of the xaxis
The given line can be written as
(4 – k^{2}) y = (k – 3) x + k^{2} – 7k 6 = 0
,
which is of the form y = mx + c.
∴Slope of the given line =
Slope of the xaxis = 0
Thus, if the given line is parallel to the xaxis, then the value of k is 3.
(b) If the given line is parallel to the yaxis, it is vertical. Hence, its slope will be undefined.
The slope of the given line is .
Now, is undefined at k^{2} = 4
k^{2} = 4
⇒ k = ±2
Thus, if the given line is parallel to the yaxis, then the value of k is ±2.
(c) If the given line is passing through the origin, then point (0, 0) satisfies the
given equation of line.
Thus, if the given line is passing through the origin, then the value of k is either 1 or 6.
Question 2: Find the values of θ and p, if the equation is the normal form of the line .
ANSWER :  The equation of the given line is .
This equation can be reduced as
On dividing both sides by , we obtain
On comparing equation (1) to , we obtain
Since the values of sin θ and cos θ are negative,
Thus, the respective values of θ and p are and 1
Question 3: Find the equations of the lines, which cutoff intercepts on the axes whose sum and product are 1 and –6, respectively.
ANSWER :  Let the intercepts cut by the given lines on the axes be a and b.
It is given that
a + b = 1 … (1)
ab = –6 … (2)
On solving equations (1) and (2), we obtain
a = 3 and b = –2 or a = –2 and b = 3
It is known that the equation of the line whose intercepts on the axes are a and b is
Case I: a = 3 and b = –2
In this case, the equation of the line is –2x + 3y + 6 = 0, i.e., 2x – 3y = 6.
Case II: a = –2 and b = 3
In this case, the equation of the line is 3x – 2y + 6 = 0, i.e., –3x + 2y = 6.
Thus, the required equation of the lines are 2x – 3y = 6 and –3x + 2y = 6.
Question 4: What are the points on the yaxis whose distance from the line is 4 units.
ANSWER :  Let (0, b) be the point on the yaxis whose distance from line is 4 units.
The given line can be written as 4x + 3y – 12 = 0 … (1)
On comparing equation (1) to the general equation of line Ax + By + C = 0, we obtain A = 4, B = 3, and C = –12.
It is known that the perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
Therefore, if (0, b) is the point on the yaxis whose distance from line is 4 units, then:
Thus, the required points are and .
Question 5: Find the perpendicular distance from the origin to the line joining the points
ANSWER :  The equation of the line joining the points is given by
It is known that the perpendicular distance (d) of a line Ax + By + C = 0 from a point (x_{1}, y_{1}) is given by .
Therefore, the perpendicular distance (d) of the given line from point (x_{1}, y_{1}) = (0, 0) is
Question 6: Find the equation of the line parallel to yaxis and drawn through the point of intersection of the lines x – 7y + 5 = 0 and 3x + y = 0.
ANSWER :  The equation of any line parallel to the yaxis is of the form
x = a … (1)
The two given lines are
x – 7y + 5 = 0 … (2)
3x + y = 0 … (3)
On solving equations (2) and (3), we obtain .
Therefore, is the point of intersection of lines (2) and (3).
Since line x = a passes through point , .
Thus, the required equation of the line is .
Question 7: Find the equation of a line drawn perpendicular to the line through the point, where it meets the yaxis.
ANSWER :  The equation of the given line is .
This equation can also be written as 3x + 2y – 12 = 0
, which is of the form y = mx + c
∴Slope of the given line
∴Slope of line perpendicular to the given line
Let the given line intersect the yaxis at (0, y).
On substituting x with 0 in the equation of the given line, we obtain
∴The given line intersects the yaxis at (0, 6).
The equation of the line that has a slope of and passes through point (0, 6) is
Thus, the required equation of the line is .
Question 8: Find the area of the triangle formed by the lines y – x = 0, x + y = 0 and x – k = 0.
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
y – x = 0 … (1)
x + y = 0 … (2)
x – k = 0 … (3)
The point of intersection of lines (1) and (2) is given by
x = 0 and y = 0
The point of intersection of lines (2) and (3) is given by
x = k and y = –k
The point of intersection of lines (3) and (1) is given by
x = k and y = k
Thus, the vertices of the triangle formed by the three given lines are (0, 0), (k, –k), and (k, k).
We know that the area of a triangle whose vertices are (x_{1}, y_{1}), (x_{2}, y_{2}), and (x_{3}, y_{3}) is .
Therefore, area of the triangle formed by the three given lines
Question 9: Find the value of p so that the three lines 3x + y – 2 = 0, px + 2y – 3 = 0 and 2x – y – 3 = 0 may intersect at one point.
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
3x + y – 2 = 0 … (1)
px + 2y – 3 = 0 … (2)
2x – y – 3 = 0 … (3)
On solving equations (1) and (3), we obtain
x = 1 and y = –1
Since these three lines may intersect at one point, the point of intersection of lines (1) and (3) will also satisfy line (2).
p (1) + 2 (–1) – 3 = 0
p – 2 – 3 = 0
p = 5
Thus, the required value of p is 5.
Question 10: If three lines whose equations are concurrent, then show that
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
y = m_{1}x + c_{1} … (1)
y = m_{2}x + c_{2} … (2)
y = m_{3}x + c_{3} … (3)
On subtracting equation (1) from (2), we obtain
On substituting this value of x in (1), we obtain
is the point of intersection of lines (1) and (2).
It is given that lines (1), (2), and (3) are concurrent. Hence, the point of intersection of lines (1) and (2) will also satisfy equation (3).
Hence,
Question 11: Find the equation of the lines through the point (3, 2) which make an angle of 45° with the line x –2y = 3.
ANSWER :  Let the slope of the required line be m_{1}.
The given line can be written as , which is of the form y = mx + c
∴Slope of the given line =
It is given that the angle between the required line and line x – 2y = 3 is 45°.
We know that if θ is the acute angle between lines l_{1} and l_{2} with slopes m_{1} and m_{2} respectively, then .
Case I: m_{1} = 3
The equation of the line passing through (3, 2) and having a slope of 3 is:
y – 2 = 3 (x – 3)
y – 2 = 3x – 9
3x – y = 7
Case II: m_{1} =
The equation of the line passing through (3, 2) and having a slope of is:
Thus, the equations of the lines are 3x – y = 7 and x + 3y = 9.
Question 12: Find the equation of the line passing through the point of intersection of the lines 4x + 7y – 3 = 0 and 2x – 3y + 1 = 0 that has equal intercepts on the axes.
ANSWER :  Let the equation of the line having equal intercepts on the axes be
On solving equations 4x + 7y – 3 = 0 and 2x – 3y + 1 = 0, we obtain .
is the point of intersection of the two given lines.
Since equation (1) passes through point ,
∴ Equation (1) becomes
Thus, the required equation of the line is .
Question 13: Show that the equation of the line passing through the origin and making an angle θ with the line .
ANSWER :  Let the equation of the line passing through the origin be y = m_{1}x.
If this line makes an angle of θ with line y = mx + c, then angle θ is given by
Case I:
Case II:
Therefore, the required line is given by .
Question 14: In what ratio, the line joining (–1, 1) and (5, 7) is divided by the line x + y = 4?
ANSWER :  The equation of the line joining the points (–1, 1) and (5, 7) is given by
The equation of the given line is
x + y – 4 = 0 … (2)
The point of intersection of lines (1) and (2) is given by
x = 1 and y = 3
Let point (1, 3) divide the line segment joining (–1, 1) and (5, 7) in the ratio 1:k. Accordingly, by section formula,
Thus, the line joining the points (–1, 1) and (5, 7) is divided by line
x + y = 4 in the ratio 1:2.
Question 15: Find the distance of the line 4x + 7y + 5 = 0 from the point (1, 2) along the line 2x – y= 0.
ANSWER :  The given lines are
2x – y = 0 … (1)
4x + 7y + 5 = 0 … (2)
A (1, 2) is a point on line (1).
Let B be the point of intersection of lines (1) and (2).
On solving equations (1) and (2), we obtain .
∴Coordinates of point B are .
By using distance formula, the distance between points A and B can be obtained as
Thus, the required distance is .
Question 16: Find the direction in which a straight line must be drawn through the point (–1, 2) so that its point of intersection with the line x y = 4 may be at a distance of 3 units from this point.
ANSWER :  Let y = mx + c be the line through point (–1, 2).
Accordingly, 2 = m (–1) + c.
⇒ 2 = –m + c
⇒ c = m + 2
∴ y = mx + m + 2 … (1)
The given line is
x + y = 4 … (2)
On solving equations (1) and (2), we obtain
is the point of intersection of lines (1) and (2).
Since this point is at a distance of 3 units from point (– 1, 2), according to distance formula,
Thus, the slope of the required line must be zero i.e., the line must be parallel to the xaxis.
Question 17: Find the image of the point (3, 8) with respect to the line x +3y = 7 assuming the line to be a plane mirror.
ANSWER :  The equation of the given line is
x + 3y = 7 … (1)
Let point B (a, b) be the image of point A (3, 8).
Accordingly, line (1) is the perpendicular bisector of AB.
Since line (1) is perpendicular to AB,
The midpoint of line segment AB will also satisfy line (1).
Hence, from equation (1), we have
On solving equations (2) and (3), we obtain a = –1 and b = –4.
Thus, the image of the given point with respect to the given line is (–1, –4).
Question 18: If the lines y = 3x + 1 and 2y = x + 3 are equally inclined to the line y = mx + 4, find the value of m.
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
y = 3x + 1 … (1)
2y = x + 3 … (2)
y = mx + 4 … (3)
Slope of line (1), m_{1} = 3
Slope of line (2),
Slope of line (3), m_{3} = m
It is given that lines (1) and (2) are equally inclined to line (3). This means that
the angle between lines (1) and (3) equals the angle between lines (2) and (3).
Thus, the required value of m is .
Question19: If sum of the perpendicular distances of a variable point P (x, y) from the lines x + y – 5 = 0 and 3x – 2y + 7 = 0 is always 10. Show that P must move on a line.
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
x + y – 5 = 0 … (1)
3x – 2y + 7 = 0 … (2)
The perpendicular distances of P (x, y) from lines (1) and (2) are respectively given by
It is given that .
, which is the equation of a line.
Similarly, we can obtain the equation of line for any signs of .
Thus, point P must move on a line.
Question 20: Find equation of the line which is equidistant from parallel lines 9x + 6y – 7 = 0 and 3x + 2y + 6 = 0.
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
9x + 6y – 7 = 0 … (1)
3x + 2y + 6 = 0 … (2)
Let P (h, k) be the arbitrary point that is equidistant from lines (1) and (2). The perpendicular distance of P (h, k) from line (1) is given by
The perpendicular distance of P (h, k) from line (2) is given by
Since P (h, k) is equidistant from lines (1) and (2),
∴
9h + 6k – 7 = – 9h – 6k – 18
⇒ 18h + 12k + 11 = 0
Thus, the required equation of the line is 18x + 12y + 11 = 0.
Question 21: A ray of light passing through the point (1, 2) reflects on the xaxis at point A and the reflected ray passes through the point (5, 3). Find the coordinates of A.
ANSWER :  Let the coordinates of point A be (a, 0).
Draw a line (AL) perpendicular to the xaxis.
We know that angle of incidence is equal to angle of reflection. Hence, let
∠BAL = ∠CAL = Φ
Let ∠CAX = θ
∴∠OAB = 180° – (θ + 2Φ) = 180° – [θ + 2(90° – θ)]
= 180° – θ – 180°+ 2θ
= θ
∴∠BAX = 180° – θ
From equations (1) and (2), we obtain
Thus, the coordinates of point A are .
Question 22: Prove that the product of the lengths of the perpendiculars drawn from the points
ANSWER :  The equation of the given line is
Length of the perpendicular from point to line (1) is
Length of the perpendicular from point to line (2) is
On multiplying equations (2) and (3), we obtain
Hence, proved.
Question 23: A person standing at the junction (crossing) of two straight paths represented by the equations 2x – 3y + 4 = 0 and 3x + 4y – 5 = 0 wants to reach the path whose equation is 6x – 7y + 8 = 0 in the least time. Find equation of the path that he should follow.
ANSWER :  The equations of the given lines are
2x – 3y + 4 = 0 … (1)
3x + 4y – 5 = 0 … (2)
6x – 7y + 8 = 0 … (3)
The person is standing at the junction of the paths represented by lines (1) and (2).
On solving equations (1) and (2), we obtain .
Thus, the person is standing at point .
The person can reach path (3) in the least time if he walks along the perpendicular line to (3) from point .
∴Slope of the line perpendicular to line (3)
The equation of the line passing through and having a slope of is given by
Hence, the path that the person should follow is .
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