# What is the slope of a line that is perpendicular to V(3, 2), W(8, 5)?

Apr 2, 2018

See a solution process below:

#### Explanation:

The formula for find the slope of a line is:

$m = \frac{\textcolor{red}{{y}_{2}} - \textcolor{b l u e}{{y}_{1}}}{\textcolor{red}{{x}_{2}} - \textcolor{b l u e}{{x}_{1}}}$

Where $\left(\textcolor{b l u e}{{x}_{1}} , \textcolor{b l u e}{{y}_{1}}\right)$ and $\left(\textcolor{red}{{x}_{2}} , \textcolor{red}{{y}_{2}}\right)$ are two points on the line.

Substituting the values from the points in the problem gives:

$m = \frac{\textcolor{red}{5} - \textcolor{b l u e}{2}}{\textcolor{red}{8} - \textcolor{b l u e}{3}} = \frac{3}{5}$

Let's call the slope of a perpendicular line: $\textcolor{b l u e}{{m}_{p}}$

The slope of a line perpendicular to a line with slope $\textcolor{red}{m}$ is the negative inverse, or:

$\textcolor{b l u e}{{m}_{p}} = - \frac{1}{\textcolor{red}{m}}$

Substituting the slope for the line in the problem gives:

$\textcolor{b l u e}{{m}_{p}} = \frac{- 1}{\textcolor{red}{\frac{3}{5}}} = - \frac{5}{3}$