Line Segment (Coordinate Geometry)
Definition: A straight line which links two points with known
without extending beyond them.
Adjust the line segment below by dragging an orange dot at point A or B and see how the segment
AB behaves. You can also drag the origin point at (0,0).
The location of a line segment on the
is defined by two endpoints whose
The line links the two endpoints but does not extend beyond them. It is a segment (piece) of a line.
This is the same as the definition of a line segment in ordinary plane geometry,
the only difference being that we know the
of the points involved. The naming conventions are also the same.
Things to try
- In the above diagram, press 'Reset'. The line segment AB
starts at point A at (52,7) and ends at point B at (53,20).
- Drag A, B or the origin point and construct various other line segments to get a feel for the concept.
See also the Definition of a Line Segment in plane geometry.
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