6.3: Identify Types of Lines
Have you ever had a math question that you couldn't figure out? Take a look at this dilemma.
Candice saw the following illustration in her math book.
She wondered how to describe the relationship between the brown plane and the green plane.
Do you know how to identify this relationship? This Concept will teach you how to help Candace with her dilemma.
Guidance
In other math classes, you learned about different types of lines. Lines exist in space. Two lines intersect when they cross each other. Because all lines are straight, intersecting lines can only cross each other once.
There are parallel lines, intersecting lines and perpendicular lines. Let’s start by briefly reviewing these terms and then we can look at the angles formed when these lines intersect.
Types of Lines
Parallel Lines are lines that are an equal distance apart. This means that these lines will never intersect.
Intersecting lines are lines that cross at some point.
Perpendicular lines are lines that intersect at a
Answer each question.
Example A
Lines that will never cross are called?
Solution: Parallel lines
Example B
Lines that meet at a
Solution: Perpendicular
Example C
An intersection is an example of what type of lines?
Solution: Intersecting lines Now let's go back to the dilemma from the beginning of the Concept.
If you look at these two planes, you will see that they are equidistant. This means that they are the same distance apart and will never intersect. Because these two planes will never intersect, we can say that they are parallel.
This is our answer.
Vocabulary
 Parallel lines
 lines that are an equal distance apart and will never intersect.
 Intersecting lines
 lines that cross at one point.
 Perpendicular lines

lines that intersect at a
90∘ angle and form two or more90∘ angles.
 Angle
 the measure of the space formed by two intersecting lines.
 Straight angle

is a straight line equal to
180∘ .
Guided Practice
Here is one for you to try on your own.
What is the relationship between
Solution
These two angles meet at a right angle, and so the value of each angle is
This is our answer.
Video Review
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines and Planes
Practice
Directions: Name each type of lines shown below.
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Directions: Write the definitions for the following types of lines.
 Parallel lines
 Intersecting lines
 Perpendicular lines
Directions: Answer the following questions about different types of lines.
 What is the symbol for parallel lines?
 What is the symbol for perpendicular lines?
 An intersection on a highway is an example of what type of lines?
 A four way stop is an example of what type of lines?
 Is it possible for intersecting lines to also be considered perpendicular?
Directions: Describe the types of lines shown in each illustration.
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Term  Definition 

Angle  A geometric figure formed by two rays that connect at a single point or vertex. 
Intersecting lines  Intersecting lines are lines that cross or meet at some point. 
Parallel  Two or more lines are parallel when they lie in the same plane and never intersect. These lines will always have the same slope. 
Perpendicular lines  Perpendicular lines are lines that intersect at a angle. 
Straight angle  A straight angle is a straight line equal to . 
Image Attributions
Here you'll identify types of lines as parallel, perpendicular or intersecting.