# Perpendicular Line

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**Definition of Perpendicular**

**A perpendicular is a line that makes an angle of \(\mathbf{90^{\circ}}\) with another line.**

\(90^{\circ}\) is also called a right angle.

**Example of a perpendicular line:**

Here, the blue line and the green line are perpendicular to each other.

**Examples of lines that are not perpendicular:**

Here, in each example, the angle between the two lines is NOT \(90^{\circ}\)

Hence, they are NOT perpendicular.

**Perpendicular Lines**

Perpendicular lines in math are two lines where the angle between them is \(90^{\circ}\)

The symbol used in between the two lines to say that they are perpendicular is \( \mathbf{\perp}\)

If two lines \(\overline{AB}\) and \(\overline{CD}\) are perpendicular to each other, we represent it using the notation \( \mathbf{ \overline{AB} \perp \overline{CD}}\).

Perpendicular shapes in geometry refer to shapes that include perpendicular lines.

Some perpendicular shapes in geometry are:

Here are some real-life examples of perpendicular lines.

You can understand more about perpendicular lines using the following simulation.

Here, you can drag the line \(OA\) by holding it at \(A\) and you can see whether \(OA \perp OB\).

If there is an "L" shape in a figure, the corresponding angle at the vertex is a right angle.

**How to Draw Perpendicular Lines?**

We can draw a perpendicular line for a given line in two ways.

- Using protractor
- Using compass

**Drawing a Perpendicular Using a Protractor**

To draw a perpendicular line at a point \(P\) on a line,

**Step 1: **Place the baseline of the protractor along the line such that its centre is at \(P\).

**Step 2: **Mark a point or a dot \(B\) at \(90^{\circ}\) of the protractor.

**Step 3: **Remove the protractor and join \(P\) and \(B\).

This forms a perpendicular line for the given line.

**Drawing a Perpendicular Using a Compass**

We can draw a perpendicular line without using a protractor but by using a compass instead.

Let's see how.

To draw a perpendicular line at a point \(P\) on a line,

**Step 1: **Open the compass to a desired radius.

**Step 2: **Place the pointer of the compass at \(P\) and draw a semi-circle which cuts the line at \(A\) and \(B\).

**Step 3: **Without disturbing the radius of the compass, draw two arcs which cut the semi-circle at \(C\) and \(D\) by placing the pointer of the compass at \(A\) and at \(B\).

**Step 4: **Without disturbing the radius of the compass, draw two intersecting arcs which intersect at \(Q\) by placing the pointer of the compass at \(C\) and at \(D\).

**Step 5: **Join \(P\) and \(Q\) which forms a perpendicular line of the given line.

**Properties of Perpendicular Lines**

There are two important properties of perpendicular lines in math.

- The angle between any two perpendicular lines is always equal to \(90^{\circ}\)
- If two lines are perpendicular to the same line, the two lines are parallel.

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**Solved Examples **

Example 1 |

Are the hands of the following clock perpendicular to each other?

**Solution:**

Place the centre of the protractor at the intersecting point of the hands of the clock.

The baseline of the protractor should be placed along one of the hands of the clock.

Next, measure the angle.

Since the angle between the hands of the clock is \(90^{\circ}\), they are perpendicular.

\(\therefore\) The hands are perpendicular |

Example 2 |

In the following figure, \(AB \perp CD\).

If \(\angle BOC=90^{\circ}\), then find the value of \(x\).

**Solution:**

Since \(\angle BOC=90^{\circ}\),

\[\begin{align} x+63&=90\\x &=27 \end{align}\]

\[x=27\] |

**Find \(x\) in the following:**

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**Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)**

## 1. Do perpendicular lines have to be 90 degrees?

Yes, the angle between two perpendicular lines must be \(90^{\circ}\)

## 2. What is the difference between parallel and perpendicular?

The angle between two parallel lines is \(0^{\circ}\)

The angle between two perpendicular lines is \(90^{\circ}\)

## 3. Does perpendicular mean straight?

No, the perpendicular lines form an "L" shape.

You can learn more about perpendicular lines under the "Definition of Perpendicular" section of this page.

## 4. What is the perpendicular symbol?

The symbol used in between the two lines to say that they are perpendicular is \( \mathbf{\perp}\)