# If the slope of a line is 1/3, what is the slope of a line perpendicular to this line?

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The slope would be **the slope of a line perpendicular to a second line is the negative reciprocal of the second line's slope**. The negative reciprocal of

#### Explanation:

Parallel lines have the same slope and will never intersect. Parallel lines continue, literally, forever without touching (assuming that these lines are on the same plane).

On the other hand, the slope of perpendicular lines are the negative reciprocals of each other, and a pair of these lines intersects at 90 degrees