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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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A new page for your enjoyment: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines and Planes

Comments, suggestions welcome.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MIF;

Very good!

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi MIF,

That's a good page you've got there. How did you get that pencil to stay at an angle to your table?

Bob

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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bob bundy wrote:

How did you get that pencil to stay at an angle to your table?

With my gravity field generator ... doesn't everyone have one?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I already knew that so I did not have to ask.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Hi MathsIsFun,

The page is well made. The illustration is neat! Thanks!

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks ganesh!

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi MIF,

With my gravity field generator ... doesn't everyone have one?

Sadly not. Now that would have been very handy for moving the shed. As it was we had to resort to very old technology ... Egyptian I think ... we used rollers.

Bob

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Rollers are a great invention.

(PS: I never answered your question, sorry. I used Blu-Tack)

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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hi MIF

nice explanation,definitely easier to understand!

I just have to ask which grade is this meant for?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Years 9-12 (Solid Geometry)

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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well this is fine for grades up to 8 but i think a more precise definition would be necessary,because that's how the higher grades learn it.maybe besides what you have you should have a page that explains lines better,if there isn't one already and just give a link to it.i see here that there's one that explains ines on the lower grade level but not the one that gives the real definition of lines by using Euclid's axioms.

EDIT: what i like very much is that you mention that how we draw the line is just our illustration,which is not mentioned that often in other places!

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2011-11-12 07:52:55)*

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**reconsideryouranswer****Member**- Registered: 2011-05-11
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MathsIsFun wrote:

A new page for your enjoyment: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines and Planes

Comments, suggestions welcome.

Click onto this link for the problem (mind bender) at the bottom of the page.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/perpendicular-parallel.html

"Mind Bender

Something that makes my mind bend: we know that if we have two parallel lines,

and we rotate one by 90°, they will be perpendicular to each other, right?

Well, does the same apply to curves? Can you have "perpendicular curves",

by rotating one of them by 90°? I simply don't know, but it is fun to think about."

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Let there be two racetrack-shaped closed curves,

not necessarily the same width or length, having

semicircles at each end facing out and each semicircle

is connected by parallel lines to the endpoints of the

respective semicircles.

Let these two curves be oriented parallel to each other,

have sufficiently long line segment sides to connect

the semicircles, and be positioned relative to each other

so that when one is rotated 90 degrees, there will be

either two intersection points or four intersections where

the intersecting sides will be perpendicular to each other.

Before the rotation of 90 degrees, there are cases where

one of these "racetrack" curves might even be completely

inside of the other.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Interesting example, thanks.

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