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Last updated at May 29, 2018 by Teachoo

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Example 3 Consider the following statement : There exists a pair of straight lines that are everywhere equidistant from one another. Is this statement a direct consequence of Euclid’s fifth postulate? Explain. Take any line l and a point P not on l. Then, by Playfair’s axiom, which is equivalent to the fifth postulate, we know that there is a unique line m through P which is parallel to l. Now, the distance of a point from a line is the length of the perpendicular from the point to the line. This distance will be the same for any point on m from l and any point on l from m. So, these two lines are everywhere equidistant from one another.

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Davneet Singh is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 9 years. He provides courses for Maths and Science at Teachoo.