3.1: Lines and Angles
Learning Objectives
 Define parallel lines, skew lines, and perpendicular planes.
 Understand the Parallel Line Postulate and the Perpendicular Line Postulate.
 Identify angles made by two lines and a transversal.
Review Queue
 What is the equation of a line with slope 2 and
y− intercept 3?  What is the slope of the line that passes through (3, 2) and (5, 6)?
 Find the
y− intercept of the line from #2. Write the equation too.  Define parallel in your own words.
Know What? To the right is a partial map of Washington DC. The streets are designed on a grid system, where lettered streets, A through
Which streets are parallel? Which streets are perpendicular? How do you know?
If you are having trouble viewing this map, look at the interactive map: http://www.travelguide.tv/washington/map.html
Defining Parallel and Skew
Parallel: Two or more lines that lie in the same plane and never intersect.
To show that lines are parallel, arrows are used.
Label It  Say It 


Line 

Line 
Lines must be marked parallel with the arrows in order to say they are parallel. Just because two lines LOOK parallel, does not mean that they are.
Recall the definition of perpendicular from Chapter 1. Two lines are perpendicular when they intersect to form a
In the definitions of parallel and perpendicular, the word “line,” is used. Line segments, rays and planes can also be parallel or perpendicular.
The image to the left shows two parallel planes, with a third blue plane that is perpendicular to both of them.
An example of parallel planes could be the top of a table and the floor. The legs would be in perpendicular planes to the table top and the floor.
Skew lines: Lines that are in different planes and never intersect.
In the cube:
Example 1: Using the cube above, list:
(a) A pair of parallel planes
(b) A pair of perpendicular planes
(c) A pair of skew lines.
Solution: Remember, you only need to use three points to label a plane. Below are answers, but there are other possibilities too.
(a) Planes
(b) Planes
(c)
Parallel Line Postulate
Parallel Postulate: For any line and a point not on the line, there is one line parallel to this line through the point.
There are infinitely many lines that go through
Investigation 31: Patty Paper and Parallel Lines
Tools Needed: Patty paper, pencil, ruler
1. Get a piece of patty paper (a translucent square piece of paper). Draw a line and a point above the line.
2. Fold up the paper so that the line is over the point. Crease the paper and unfold.
3. Are the lines parallel?
Yes. This investigation duplicates the line we drew in #1 over the point. This means that there is only one parallel line through this point.
Perpendicular Line Postulate
Perpendicular Line Postulate: For any line and a point not on the line, there is one line perpendicular to this line passing through the point.
There are infinitely many lines that pass through
Investigation 32: Perpendicular Line Construction; through a Point NOT on the Line
Tools Needed: Pencil, paper, ruler, compass
1. Draw a horizontal line and a point above that line. Label the line
2. Take the compass and put the pointer on
3. Move the pointer to one of the arc intersections. Widen the compass a little and draw an arc below the line. Repeat this on the other side so that the two arc marks intersect.
4. Take your straightedge and draw a line from point
To see a demonstration of this construction, go to:
http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/constructperpnotline.html
Investigation 33: Perpendicular Line Construction; through a Point on the Line
Tools Needed: Pencil, paper, ruler, compass
1. Draw a horizontal line and a point on that line. Label the line
2. Take the compass and put the pointer on
3. Move the pointer to one of the arc intersections. Widen the compass a little and draw an arc above or below the line. Repeat this on the other side so that the two arc marks intersect.
4. Take your straightedge and draw a line from point
To see a demonstration of this construction, go to:
http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/constructperponline.html
Example 2: Construct a perpendicular line through the point below.
Solution: Even though the point is below the line, the construction is the same as Investigation 32. However, draw the arc marks in step 3 above the line.
Angles and Transversals
Transversal: A line that intersects two other lines.
The area between
The area outside
Looking at
There are 8 linear pairs and 4 vertical angle pairs.
An example of a linear pair would be
An example of vertical angles would be
Example 3: List all the other linear pairs and vertical angle pairs in the picture above.
Solution:
Linear Pairs:
Vertical Angles:
There are also 4 new angle relationships.
Corresponding Angles: Two angles that are on the same side of the transversal and the two different lines. Imagine sliding the four angles formed with line
Above,
Alternate Interior Angles: Two angles that are on the interior of
Above,
Alternate Exterior Angles: Two angles that are on the exterior of
Above,
Same Side Interior Angles: Two angles that are on the same side of the transversal and on the interior of the two lines.
Above,
Example 4: Using the picture above, list all the other pairs of each of the newly defined angle relationships.
Solution:
Corresponding Angles:
Alternate Interior Angles:
Alternate Exterior Angles:
Same Side Interior Angles:
Example 5: For the picture below, determine:
(a) A corresponding angle to
(b) An alternate interior angle to
(c) An alternate exterior angle to
Solution:
(a)
(b)
(c)
Know What? Revisited For Washington DC, all of the lettered and numbered streets are parallel. The lettered streets are perpendicular to the numbered streets. We do not have enough information about the statenamed streets to say if they are parallel or perpendicular.
Review Questions
 Questions 13 use the definitions of parallel, perpendicular, and skew lines.
 Question 4 asks about the Parallel Line Postulate and the Perpendicular Line Postulate.
 Questions 59 use the definitions learned in this section and are similar to Example 1.
 Questions 1020 are similar to Examples 4 and 5.
 Question 21 is similar to Example 2 and Investigation 32.
 Questions 2230 are Algebra I review.
 Which of the following is the best example of parallel lines?
 Railroad Tracks
 Lamp Post and a Sidewalk
 Longitude on a Globe
 Stonehenge (the stone structure in Scotland)
 Which of the following is the best example of perpendicular lines?
 Latitude on a Globe
 Opposite Sides of a Picture Frame
 Fence Posts
 Adjacent Sides of a Picture Frame
 Which of the following is the best example of skew lines?
 Roof of a Home
 Northbound Freeway and an Eastbound Overpass
 Longitude on a Globe
 The Golden Gate Bridge
 Writing What is the difference between the Parallel Line Postulate and the Perpendicular Line Postulate? How are they similar?
Use the figure below to answer questions 59. The two pentagons are parallel and all of the rectangular sides are perpendicular to both of them.
 Find two pairs of skew lines.
 List a pair of parallel lines.
 List a pair of perpendicular lines.
 For
AB¯¯¯¯¯ , how many perpendicular lines would pass through pointV ? Name this line.  For
XY¯¯¯¯¯ , how many parallel lines would pass through pointD ? Name this line.
For questions 1016, use the picture below.
 What is the corresponding angle to
∠4 ?  What is the alternate interior angle with
∠5 ?  What is the corresponding angle to
∠8 ?  What is the alternate exterior angle with
∠7 ?  What is the alternate interior angle with
∠4 ?  What is the same side interior angle with
∠3 ?  What is the corresponding angle to
∠1 ?
Use the picture below for questions 1720.
 If
m∠2=55∘ , what other angles do you know?  If
m∠5=123∘ , what other angles do you know?  If
t⊥l , ist⊥m ? Why or why not?  Is
lm ? Why or why not?  Construction Draw a line and a point not on the line. Construct a perpendicular line to the one your drew.
Algebra Review Find the slope of the line between the two points,
 (3, 2) and (2, 1)
 (5, 9) and (0, 1)
 (2, 7) and (5, 2)
 (8, 2) and (1, 5)
 Find the equation of the line from #22. Recall that the equation of a line is
y=mx+b , wherem is the slope andb is they− intercept.  Find the equation of the line from #23.
 Find the equation of the line from #24.
 Is the line
y=−x+3 parallel to the line in #26? How do you know?  Is the line
y=−x+3 perpendicular to the line in #26? How do you know?
Review Queue Answers

y=−2x+3 
m=−6−25−3=−82=−4 
2=−4(3)+b 2=−12+b−14=b y=−4x+14  Something like: Two lines that never touch or intersect and in the same plane. If we do not say “in the same plane,” this definition could include skew lines.
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