Example: Intersecting lines

Published 2007-03-20 | Author: Kjell Magne Fauske

An example of using the intersection coordinate systems. Both the intersection and perpendicular coordinate system are used. The latter is a special case of the former, but has the shorter and more convenient -| and |- syntax.

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Intersecting lines

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    % Draw axes
    \draw [<->,thick] (0,2) node (yaxis) [above] {$y$}
        |- (3,0) node (xaxis) [right] {$x$};
    % Draw two intersecting lines
    \draw (0,0) coordinate (a_1) -- (2,1.8) coordinate (a_2);
    \draw (0,1.5) coordinate (b_1) -- (2.5,0) coordinate (b_2);
    % Calculate the intersection of the lines a_1 -- a_2 and b_1 -- b_2
    % and store the coordinate in c.
    \coordinate (c) at (intersection of a_1--a_2 and b_1--b_2);
    % Draw lines indicating intersection with y and x axis. Here we use
    % the perpendicular coordinate system
    \draw[dashed] (yaxis |- c) node[left] {$y'$}
        -| (xaxis -| c) node[below] {$x'$};
    % Draw a dot to indicate intersection point
    \fill[red] (c) circle (2pt);


  • #1 alfC, June 27, 2010 at 8:37 a.m.

    does anybody know if it is possible to attach files (with attachfile2 package or other) to tikz objects, more specifically lines. My naive attempt didn't work: \textattachfile[]{example.tex}{

    \draw [<->,thick] (0,2) node (yaxis) [above] {$y$}
        |- (3,0) node (xaxis) [right] {$x$};


  • #2 rahul, April 23, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.

    I want 10 examples of intersecting lines

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