

Collinear points
From Latin: co "together" , linearis "belonging to a line,"
Definition: Points that lie on the same straight line
Try this
Move any of the points around with the mouse. The others will move by themselves so they all remain collinear.
Obviously two points are always collinear, since a straight line can always be drawn through two points.
Sometimes it is spelled 'colinear' (with one L).
Word Usage
We say that "point Q is collinear with points P, R and S". Or put another way, "the points P, Q, R and S are collinear".
It's a similar idea to coplanar
Just as collinear points all lie on a straight line, in the three dimensional world,
when a set of points all lie on the same plane, they are called coplanar.
For more see Coplanar points.
Other point topics
(C) 2009 Copyright Math Open Reference. All rights reserved

