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Visualizing Skew Lines

Date: 05/16/2002 at 20:39:52
From: Alex
Subject: geometry 

What do you call lines that are not parallel but don't intersect?

Date: 05/17/2002 at 06:01:59
From: Doctor Floor
Subject: Re: geometry 

Hi Alex,

Thanks for your question.

Those lines are called "skew lines". These lines do not meet in 3D-
space, but you cannot fit them in a 2D-plane! 

To give yourself an idea of what "skew lines" are, imagine these as a 
line drawn on the floor, and a line not parallel to it drawn on the 
ceiling. These two lines are not parallel, but they do not intersect 

If you have more questions, just write back.

Best regards,
- Doctor Floor, The Math Forum 
Associated Topics:
High School Definitions
High School Euclidean/Plane Geometry
High School Geometry
High School Higher-Dimensional Geometry

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