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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 
either.

If you have more questions, just write back.

Best regards,
- Doctor Floor, The Math Forum
  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ 
Associated Topics:
High School Definitions
High School Euclidean/Plane Geometry
High School Geometry
High School Higher-Dimensional Geometry

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