
ThreeDimensional (3D) Space 


Points,
Lines and Planes in ThreeDimensional (3D) Space 
Position
of two lines in a threedimensional space

Coplanar lines and skew lines

Line and plane in a threedimensional space

Two planes in a
threedimensional space

The line of intersection of two planes

Orthogonality of line and plane

Orthogonality of two planes

Orthogonal projection of a point onto a plane

The distance from a point to a plane

Angle between a line
and a plane, and angle between two planes 





Position
of two lines in a threedimensional space

Exactly one line passes through two different points in a space. 
Three points not on the same line determine a plane. 
A plane is also
determined by: 
a line and a point not on the line;
a point and a line, which is normal/perpendicular to the plane; 
two lines which intersect;
two lines which are parallel. 
Two lines are parallel if they
do not intersect and they are coplanar (lie on the same plane). 
Two
lines which do not intersect but which are not coplanar are called
skew lines. 
Skew lines do not lie in a single plane together. 



The relations between points, lines and planes are represented by sides, edges, diagonals and vertices of the
rectangular
parallelepiped (cuboid) shown in the pictures below. 


Line and plane in a threedimensional space

A line l intersects a plane
P
at a point A, as shows the left picture. 
A line is defined to be
parallel to a plane if the line and the plane are disjoint (empty
intersection). That is, there is a line in the plane which is parallel to
the given line, as shows the right picture. 
The line
k below lies in the plane P_{1}
and P_{2} . 


Two planes in a
threedimensional space

Two distinct planes either are disjoint (empty intersection) or
intersect in a line. 
Two disjoint planes are called parallel. 


Orthogonality of line and plane

A line is perpendicular to a plane if it is perpendicular to every line
in the plane that passes through its intersection point. 
The plane
P_{2}
is perpendicular to the plane P_{1
} if there is a line in
P_{2
} which is perpendicular to the plane
P_{1} . 



Orthogonal projection of a point onto a plane

Orthogonal projection of a point
P
onto a plane is the intersection point P' of the perpendicular drawn from
P
to the plane of projection. 
Orthogonal projection of a line segment is a line segment or point
depending of the position of the line segment in relation to the plane
of projection. 
The projection will be a point if the line segment is
perpendicular to the plane of projection. 


The distance from a point to a plane is the distance from the
point to its orthogonal projection to the plane, i.e.,
AA'
=
d(A,A'). 
For
example, if
the surface of a triangle and the plane of projection are
mutually perpendicular, as is shown in the picture below, then
the projection of the triangle is a line segment, otherwise the
projection is a triangle. 


Angle between a line
and a plane, and angle between two planes 
The
angle between a line and a plane is the angle between the line
and its orthogonal projection to the plane. 
The
angle between two
planes is the angle between two lines, one lying in each plane, drawn perpendicular to
the intersection of the planes at the same
point, as is shown below. 









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