Straight Lines: Class 11 Mathematics NCERT Chapter 10

Key Features of NCERT Material for Class 11 Maths Chapter 10 – Straight Lines

In the last chapter 9, you learned about Sequence and Series. In this chapter: Straight Lines, you all will learn about Straight Lines and how to use it.

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Distance Formula


The distance between two points A(x1, y1) and B (x2, y2) is given by

The distance of a point A(x, y) from the origin 0 (0, 0) is given by OA =

Section Formula

The coordinates of the point which divides the joint of (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) in the ratio m : n internally, is


Mid-point of the joint of (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) is

X-axis divides the line segment joining (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) in the ratio -y1 : y2.

Y-axis divides the line segment joining (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) in the ratio -x1 : x2.

The coordinates of the centroid of the triangle whose vertices are (x1, y1), (x2, y2) and (x3, y3) is

Area of Triangle


The area of the triangle, the coordinates of whose vertices are (x1, y1), (x2, y2)and (x3, y3) is the absolute value of

If the points (x1, y1), (x2, y2) and (x3, y3) are collinear, then x1 (y2 – y3) + x2 (y3 – y1) + x3 (y1 – y2) = 0.

Shifting of Origin

Let the origin is shifted to a point O'(h, k). If P(x, y) are coordinates of a point referred to old axes and P'(X, Y) are the coordinates of the same points referred to new axes, then x = X + h, y = Y + k.

Straight Line

Any curve is said to be a straight line if two points are taken on the curve such that every point on the line segment joining any two points on it lies on the curve. General equation of a line is ax + by + c = 0.

Slope or Gradient of Line

The inclination of angle θ to a line with a positive direction of X-axis in the anti-clockwise direction, the tangent of angle θ is said to be slope or gradient of the line and is denoted by m.


i.e. m = tan θ

The slope of a line passing through points P(x1, y1) and Q(x2, y2) is given by


Note: Slope of a line parallel to X-axis is zero and slope of a line parallel to Y-axis is not defined.

Angle between Two Lines

The angle θ between two lines having slope m1 and m2 is

  • If two lines are parallel, their slopes are equal i.e. m1 = m2.
  • If two lines are perpendicular to each other, then their product of slopes is -1 i.e. m1m2 = -1.

Various Forms of the Equation of a Line

If a line is at a distance k and parallel to X-axis, then the equation of the line is y = ± k.

If a line is parallel to Y-axis at a distance c from Y-axis, then its equation is x = ± c.

Slope-intercept form: The equation of line with slope m and making an intercept c on the y-axis, is y = mx + c.

One point-slope form: The equation of a line which passes through the point (x1, y1) and has the slope of m is given by y – y1 = m (x – x1).

Two points form: The equation of a line passing through the points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) is given by


The Intercept form: The equation of a line which cuts off intercepts a and b respectively on the x and y-axes is given by


The normal form: The equation of a straight line upon which the length of the perpendicular from the origin is p and angle made by this perpendicular to the x-axis is α, is given by x cos α + y sin α = p.

General Equation of a Line

Any equation of the form Ax + By + C = 0, where A and B are simultaneously not zero is called the general equation of a line.

Different Forms of Ax + By + C = 0

Slope intercept form: If B ≠ 0, then Ax + By + C = 0 can be written as


If B = 0, then x = – C / A which is a vertical line, whose slope is not defined and x-intercept is – C/A.

Intercept form If C ≠ 0, then Ax + By + C = 0 can be written as


where a = – C / A and b = – C/B

If C = 0, then Ax + By + C = 0 can be written as Ax + By = 0 which is a line passing through origin and therefore has zero intercept on the axes.

Normal form: The normal form of equation Ax + By + C = 0 is x cos α + y sin α = p where


Note: Proper choice of signs to be made so that p should be always positive.

Position of Points is Relative to a Given Line

Let the equation of the given line be ax + by + c = 0 and let the coordinates of the two given points be P(x1, y1) and Q(x2, y2).

The two points are on the same side of the straight line ax + by + c = 0, If ax1 + by1 + c and ax2 + by2 + c have the same sign.

The two points are on the opposite sides of the straight line ax + by + c = 0, If ax1 + by1 + c and ax2 + by2 + c have opposite sign.

Condition of concurrency for three given lines

a1x + b1y + c1 = 0, a2x + b2y + c2 = 0 and a3x + b3y+ c3 = 0 is a3(b1c2 – b2c1) + b3(a2c1 – a1c2) + c3(a1b2 – a2b1) = 0

Point of intersection of two lines

Let equation of lines be ax1 + by1 + c1 = 0 and a2x + b2y + c2 = 0, then their point of intersection is


Distance of a Point from a Line

The perpendicular distanced of a point P(x1, y1)from the line Ax + By + C = 0 is given by


Distance Between Two Parallel Lines

The distance d between two parallel lines y = mx + c1 and y = mx + c2 is given by


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