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Illustration: Draw the lines 3x + 4y – 12 = 0 and 5x + 12y + 13 = 0. Find the equation of the bisector of the angle containing the origin. Also find the acute angle bisector and obtuse angle bisector. Solution:

Let us make the expression on the left-hand side of the given equations of the same sign – or + ve. After substituting x = 0 and
y = 0.

L.H.S. of (i) is 3.0 + 4.0 – 12 = – 12 = – ve

R.H.S. of (ii) is 5.0 + 12.0 + 13 = 13 = + ve

So, multiply equation (i) by (–1), we get

– 3x – 4y + 12 = 0                                              …… (1)

Equation of the bisector of the angle containing origin is given by +ve sign i.e. –3x – 4y+12/5 = + 5x+12y+13/13

⇒ 64x + 112y – 91 = 0                                                …… (3)

Again, the given lines are

– 3x – 4y + 12 = 0                              …… (1)

5x –+ 12y + 13 = 0                             …… (2)

To find out whether this is an acute angle bisector or obtuse angle bisector, let us find the sign of a1 a2 + b1 b2 from equation (1) and equation (2).

a1 a2 + b1 b2

= (–3) (5) + (–4) (12) = – 15 – 48 = – 63 = – ve

the bisector containing the origin is the acute angle bisector.

Now, For obtuse angle bisector, we take –ve origin.

i.e. –3x – 4y+12/5 = + 5x+12y+13/13

i.e. 14x – 8y – 221 = 0                                                …… (4)

Well, to confirm all this, let us find angle between one of the lines and one of the bisectors i.e.

5x + 12y + 13 = 0                                              …… (2)

64x + 112y – 91 = 0                                           …… (3)

Slope of line (2) is m2 = –5/12

Slope of line (3) is m3 = –64/112

Let q be the angle between these two lines

⇒ tan θ = < 1

∴  64x + 112y – 91 = 0 is an acute angle bisector.

If θ is the angle between two lines, then tanθ =  where m1 and m2 are the slopes of the two lines.

(i) If the two lines are perpendicular to each other then m1m2 = –1.

Any line perpendicular to ax + by + c = 0 is of the form
bx – ay + k = 0.

(ii) If the two lines are parallel or are coincident, then m1 = m2.

Any line parallel to ax + by + c=0 is of the form ax – ay + k=0.

Let there be two-lines l1 and l2 with slopes m1 and m2 respectively. So tan α = m1, tan β = m2 Angle between them is either

α – β or π – (α – β) depending on the side on considers Now, tan (a – b) = tan α – tan β/1+tan α tan β

⇒ tan (θ) = m1+m2/1+m1m2                    (α – β = θ say)

Since lines can be taken in any order and

tan(– θ) = – tan θ. So only the magnitude of θ can be obtained.

Further tan (π – θ) = – tan θ.

Since magnitude also includes the other angle i.e.

Supplementary angle. So θ is given by

tan θacute = Important:

1. If lines are parallel

tan θ = 0 ⇒ m1 = m2

2. If lines are perpendicular

tan θ = tan (π/2) = ∝

1 + m1 m2 = 0 ⇒ m1 m2 = – 1

3. Equation of a line parallel to y = mx + c is y = mx + k, i.e. Equation of a line parallel to ax + by + c = 0 is ax + by + k = 0

4. Equation of a line perpendicular to y = mx + c is y = 1/m  x + k i.e. Equation of a line perpendicular to ax + by + c = 0 is
bx – ay + k = 0

5. Lines          a1x + b1y + c1 = 0                               …… (i)

a2x + b2y + c2 = 0                               …… (ii)

represents

(i) intersecting lines if a1/a2 ≠ b1/b2

(ii) parallel lines if a1/a2 = b1/b2

(iii) Coincident lines if a1/a2 = b1/b2 = c1/c2

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