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Slope products (Posted on 2011-11-08) Difficulty: 1 of 5
It is a well known result from algebra that if two lines are perpendicular then the product of their slopes is always -1.*

Give a very simple proof that if the lines form any angle besides 90o the product of the slopes cannot be a constant.

*Assuming neither line is vertical.

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My solution: 90o is the only angle that guarantees the lines will have opposite signs. For any smaller angle it is possible that both slopes be positive or that one is positive and the other negative.

There are other nice arguments in the comments.

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  Subject Author Date
Some Thoughtsre: SolutionAdy TZIDON2011-11-09 03:55:20
SolutionPaul2011-11-08 18:56:41
SolutionsolutionCharlie2011-11-08 13:03:17
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