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# Lines¶

class sympy.geometry.line.LinearEntity[source]

A base class for all linear entities (line, ray and segment) in a 2-dimensional Euclidean space.

Notes

This is an abstract class and is not meant to be instantiated.

Attributes

 p1 p2 coefficients slope points
angle_between(l1, l2)[source]

The angle formed between the two linear entities.

Parameters : l1 : LinearEntity l2 : LinearEntity angle : angle in radians

See also

is_perpendicular

Notes

From the dot product of vectors v1 and v2 it is known that:

dot(v1, v2) = |v1|*|v2|*cos(A)

where A is the angle formed between the two vectors. We can get the directional vectors of the two lines and readily find the angle between the two using the above formula.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(0, 4), Point(2, 0)
>>> l1, l2 = Line(p1, p2), Line(p1, p3)
>>> l1.angle_between(l2)
pi/2

arbitrary_point(parameter='t')[source]

A parameterized point on the Line.

Parameters : parameter : str, optional The name of the parameter which will be used for the parametric point. The default value is ‘t’. When this parameter is 0, the first point used to define the line will be returned, and when it is 1 the second point will be returned. point : Point ValueError : When parameter already appears in the Line’s definition.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(1, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.arbitrary_point()
Point(4*t + 1, 3*t)

static are_concurrent(*lines)[source]

Is a sequence of linear entities concurrent?

Two or more linear entities are concurrent if they all intersect at a single point.

Parameters : lines : a sequence of linear entities. True : if the set of linear entities are concurrent, False : otherwise.

Notes

Simply take the first two lines and find their intersection. If there is no intersection, then the first two lines were parallel and had no intersection so concurrency is impossible amongst the whole set. Otherwise, check to see if the intersection point of the first two lines is a member on the rest of the lines. If so, the lines are concurrent.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line, Line3D
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(3, 5)
>>> p3, p4 = Point(-2, -2), Point(0, 2)
>>> l1, l2, l3 = Line(p1, p2), Line(p1, p3), Line(p1, p4)
>>> Line.are_concurrent(l1, l2, l3)
True

>>> l4 = Line(p2, p3)
>>> Line.are_concurrent(l2, l3, l4)
False

coefficients[source]

The coefficients ($$a$$, $$b$$, $$c$$) for $$ax + by + c = 0$$.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> from sympy.abc import x, y
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l.coefficients
(-3, 5, 0)

>>> p3 = Point(x, y)
>>> l2 = Line(p1, p3)
>>> l2.coefficients
(-y, x, 0)

contains(other)[source]

Subclasses should implement this method and should return True if other is on the boundaries of self; False if not on the boundaries of self; None if a determination cannot be made.

intersection(o)[source]

The intersection with another geometrical entity.

Parameters : o : Point or LinearEntity intersection : list of geometrical entities

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line, Segment
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1), Point(7, 7)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.intersection(p3)
[Point(7, 7)]

>>> p4, p5 = Point(5, 0), Point(0, 3)
>>> l2 = Line(p4, p5)
>>> l1.intersection(l2)
[Point(15/8, 15/8)]

>>> p6, p7 = Point(0, 5), Point(2, 6)
>>> s1 = Segment(p6, p7)
>>> l1.intersection(s1)
[]

is_parallel(l1, l2)[source]

Are two linear entities parallel?

Parameters : l1 : LinearEntity l2 : LinearEntity True : if l1 and l2 are parallel, False : otherwise.

See also

coefficients

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1)
>>> p3, p4 = Point(3, 4), Point(6, 7)
>>> l1, l2 = Line(p1, p2), Line(p3, p4)
>>> Line.is_parallel(l1, l2)
True

>>> p5 = Point(6, 6)
>>> l3 = Line(p3, p5)
>>> Line.is_parallel(l1, l3)
False

is_perpendicular(l1, l2)[source]

Are two linear entities perpendicular?

Parameters : l1 : LinearEntity l2 : LinearEntity True : if l1 and l2 are perpendicular, False : otherwise.

See also

coefficients

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1), Point(-1, 1)
>>> l1, l2 = Line(p1, p2), Line(p1, p3)
>>> l1.is_perpendicular(l2)
True

>>> p4 = Point(5, 3)
>>> l3 = Line(p1, p4)
>>> l1.is_perpendicular(l3)
False

is_similar(other)[source]

Return True if self and other are contained in the same line.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 1), Point(3, 4), Point(2, 3)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l2 = Line(p1, p3)
>>> l1.is_similar(l2)
True

length[source]

The length of the line.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(3, 5)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.length
oo

p1[source]

The first defining point of a linear entity.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l.p1
Point(0, 0)

p2[source]

The second defining point of a linear entity.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l.p2
Point(5, 3)

parallel_line(p)[source]

Create a new Line parallel to this linear entity which passes through the point $$p$$.

Parameters : p : Point line : Line

See also

is_parallel

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(2, 3), Point(-2, 2)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l2 = l1.parallel_line(p3)
>>> p3 in l2
True
>>> l1.is_parallel(l2)
True

perpendicular_line(p)[source]

Create a new Line perpendicular to this linear entity which passes through the point $$p$$.

Parameters : p : Point line : Line

See also

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(2, 3), Point(-2, 2)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l2 = l1.perpendicular_line(p3)
>>> p3 in l2
True
>>> l1.is_perpendicular(l2)
True

perpendicular_segment(p)[source]

Create a perpendicular line segment from $$p$$ to this line.

The enpoints of the segment are p and the closest point in the line containing self. (If self is not a line, the point might not be in self.)

Parameters : p : Point segment : Segment

Notes

Returns $$p$$ itself if $$p$$ is on this linear entity.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1), Point(0, 2)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> s1 = l1.perpendicular_segment(p3)
>>> l1.is_perpendicular(s1)
True
>>> p3 in s1
True
>>> l1.perpendicular_segment(Point(4, 0))
Segment(Point(2, 2), Point(4, 0))

points[source]

The two points used to define this linear entity.

Returns : points : tuple of Points

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 11)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.points
(Point(0, 0), Point(5, 11))

projection(o)[source]

Project a point, line, ray, or segment onto this linear entity.

Parameters : other : Point or LinearEntity (Line, Ray, Segment) projection : Point or LinearEntity (Line, Ray, Segment) The return type matches the type of the parameter other. GeometryError : When method is unable to perform projection.

Notes

A projection involves taking the two points that define the linear entity and projecting those points onto a Line and then reforming the linear entity using these projections. A point P is projected onto a line L by finding the point on L that is closest to P. This point is the intersection of L and the line perpendicular to L that passes through P.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line, Segment, Rational
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1), Point(Rational(1, 2), 0)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.projection(p3)
Point(1/4, 1/4)

>>> p4, p5 = Point(10, 0), Point(12, 1)
>>> s1 = Segment(p4, p5)
>>> l1.projection(s1)
Segment(Point(5, 5), Point(13/2, 13/2))

random_point()[source]

A random point on a LinearEntity.

Returns : point : Point

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> p3 = l1.random_point()
>>> # random point - don't know its coords in advance
>>> p3
Point(...)
>>> # point should belong to the line
>>> p3 in l1
True

slope[source]

The slope of this linear entity, or infinity if vertical.

Returns : slope : number or sympy expression

See also

coefficients

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(3, 5)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.slope
5/3

>>> p3 = Point(0, 4)
>>> l2 = Line(p1, p3)
>>> l2.slope
oo

class sympy.geometry.line.Line[source]

An infinite line in space.

A line is declared with two distinct points or a point and slope as defined using keyword $$slope$$.

Parameters : p1 : Point pt : Point slope : sympy expression

Notes

At the moment only lines in a 2D space can be declared, because Points can be defined only for 2D spaces.

Examples

>>> import sympy
>>> from sympy import Point
>>> from sympy.abc import L
>>> from sympy.geometry import Line, Segment
>>> L = Line(Point(2,3), Point(3,5))
>>> L
Line(Point(2, 3), Point(3, 5))
>>> L.points
(Point(2, 3), Point(3, 5))
>>> L.equation()
-2*x + y + 1
>>> L.coefficients
(-2, 1, 1)


Instantiate with keyword slope:

>>> Line(Point(0, 0), slope=0)
Line(Point(0, 0), Point(1, 0))


Instantiate with another linear object

>>> s = Segment((0, 0), (0, 1))
>>> Line(s).equation()
x

contains(o)[source]

Return True if o is on this Line, or False otherwise.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Line,Point
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 1), Point(3, 4)
>>> l = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l.contains(p1)
True
>>> l.contains((0, 1))
True
>>> l.contains((0, 0))
False

distance(o)[source]

Finds the shortest distance between a line and a point.

Raises : NotImplementedError is raised if o is not a Point :

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1)
>>> s = Line(p1, p2)
>>> s.distance(Point(-1, 1))
sqrt(2)
>>> s.distance((-1, 2))
3*sqrt(2)/2

equal(other)[source]

Returns True if self and other are the same mathematical entities

equation(x='x', y='y')[source]

The equation of the line: ax + by + c.

Parameters : x : str, optional The name to use for the x-axis, default value is ‘x’. y : str, optional The name to use for the y-axis, default value is ‘y’. equation : sympy expression

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(1, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.equation()
-3*x + 4*y + 3

plot_interval(parameter='t')[source]

The plot interval for the default geometric plot of line. Gives values that will produce a line that is +/- 5 units long (where a unit is the distance between the two points that define the line).

Parameters : parameter : str, optional Default value is ‘t’. plot_interval : list (plot interval) [parameter, lower_bound, upper_bound]

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Line
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> l1 = Line(p1, p2)
>>> l1.plot_interval()
[t, -5, 5]

class sympy.geometry.line.Ray[source]

A Ray is a semi-line in the space with a source point and a direction.

Parameters : p1 : Point The source of the Ray p2 : Point or radian value This point determines the direction in which the Ray propagates. If given as an angle it is interpreted in radians with the positive direction being ccw.

See also

Notes

At the moment only rays in a 2D space can be declared, because Points can be defined only for 2D spaces.

Examples

>>> import sympy
>>> from sympy import Point, pi
>>> from sympy.abc import r
>>> from sympy.geometry import Ray
>>> r = Ray(Point(2, 3), Point(3, 5))
>>> r = Ray(Point(2, 3), Point(3, 5))
>>> r
Ray(Point(2, 3), Point(3, 5))
>>> r.points
(Point(2, 3), Point(3, 5))
>>> r.source
Point(2, 3)
>>> r.xdirection
oo
>>> r.ydirection
oo
>>> r.slope
2
>>> Ray(Point(0, 0), angle=pi/4).slope
1


Attributes

 source xdirection ydirection
contains(o)[source]

Is other GeometryEntity contained in this Ray?

Examples

>>> from sympy import Ray,Point,Segment
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(4, 4)
>>> r = Ray(p1, p2)
>>> r.contains(p1)
True
>>> r.contains((1, 1))
True
>>> r.contains((1, 3))
False
>>> s = Segment((1, 1), (2, 2))
>>> r.contains(s)
True
>>> s = Segment((1, 2), (2, 5))
>>> r.contains(s)
False
>>> r1 = Ray((2, 2), (3, 3))
>>> r.contains(r1)
True
>>> r1 = Ray((2, 2), (3, 5))
>>> r.contains(r1)
False

distance(o)[source]

Finds the shortest distance between the ray and a point.

Raises : NotImplementedError is raised if o is not a Point :

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Ray
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1)
>>> s = Ray(p1, p2)
>>> s.distance(Point(-1, -1))
sqrt(2)
>>> s.distance((-1, 2))
3*sqrt(2)/2

equals(other)[source]

Returns True if self and other are the same mathematical entities

plot_interval(parameter='t')[source]

The plot interval for the default geometric plot of the Ray. Gives values that will produce a ray that is 10 units long (where a unit is the distance between the two points that define the ray).

Parameters : parameter : str, optional Default value is ‘t’. plot_interval : list [parameter, lower_bound, upper_bound]

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Ray, pi
>>> r = Ray((0, 0), angle=pi/4)
>>> r.plot_interval()
[t, 0, 10]

source[source]

The point from which the ray emanates.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Ray
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(4, 1)
>>> r1 = Ray(p1, p2)
>>> r1.source
Point(0, 0)

xdirection[source]

The x direction of the ray.

Positive infinity if the ray points in the positive x direction, negative infinity if the ray points in the negative x direction, or 0 if the ray is vertical.

See also

ydirection

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Ray
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(1, 1), Point(0, -1)
>>> r1, r2 = Ray(p1, p2), Ray(p1, p3)
>>> r1.xdirection
oo
>>> r2.xdirection
0

ydirection[source]

The y direction of the ray.

Positive infinity if the ray points in the positive y direction, negative infinity if the ray points in the negative y direction, or 0 if the ray is horizontal.

See also

xdirection

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Ray
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(-1, -1), Point(-1, 0)
>>> r1, r2 = Ray(p1, p2), Ray(p1, p3)
>>> r1.ydirection
-oo
>>> r2.ydirection
0

class sympy.geometry.line.Segment[source]

A undirected line segment in space.

Parameters : p1 : Point p2 : Point

See also

Notes

At the moment only segments in a 2D space can be declared, because Points can be defined only for 2D spaces.

Examples

>>> import sympy
>>> from sympy import Point
>>> from sympy.abc import s
>>> from sympy.geometry import Segment
>>> Segment((1, 0), (1, 1)) # tuples are interpreted as pts
Segment(Point(1, 0), Point(1, 1))
>>> s = Segment(Point(4, 3), Point(1, 1))
>>> s
Segment(Point(1, 1), Point(4, 3))
>>> s.points
(Point(1, 1), Point(4, 3))
>>> s.slope
2/3
>>> s.length
sqrt(13)
>>> s.midpoint
Point(5/2, 2)


Attributes

 length number or sympy expression midpoint Point
contains(other)[source]

Is the other GeometryEntity contained within this Segment?

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Segment
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 1), Point(3, 4)
>>> s = Segment(p1, p2)
>>> s2 = Segment(p2, p1)
>>> s.contains(s2)
True

distance(o)[source]

Finds the shortest distance between a line segment and a point.

Raises : NotImplementedError is raised if o is not a Point :

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Segment
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 1), Point(3, 4)
>>> s = Segment(p1, p2)
>>> s.distance(Point(10, 15))
sqrt(170)
>>> s.distance((0, 12))
sqrt(73)

length[source]

The length of the line segment.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Segment
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(4, 3)
>>> s1 = Segment(p1, p2)
>>> s1.length
5

midpoint[source]

The midpoint of the line segment.

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Segment
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(4, 3)
>>> s1 = Segment(p1, p2)
>>> s1.midpoint
Point(2, 3/2)

perpendicular_bisector(p=None)[source]

The perpendicular bisector of this segment.

If no point is specified or the point specified is not on the bisector then the bisector is returned as a Line. Otherwise a Segment is returned that joins the point specified and the intersection of the bisector and the segment.

Parameters : p : Point bisector : Line or Segment

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Segment
>>> p1, p2, p3 = Point(0, 0), Point(6, 6), Point(5, 1)
>>> s1 = Segment(p1, p2)
>>> s1.perpendicular_bisector()
Line(Point(3, 3), Point(9, -3))

>>> s1.perpendicular_bisector(p3)
Segment(Point(3, 3), Point(5, 1))

plot_interval(parameter='t')[source]

The plot interval for the default geometric plot of the Segment gives values that will produce the full segment in a plot.

Parameters : parameter : str, optional Default value is ‘t’. plot_interval : list [parameter, lower_bound, upper_bound]

Examples

>>> from sympy import Point, Segment
>>> p1, p2 = Point(0, 0), Point(5, 3)
>>> s1 = Segment(p1, p2)
>>> s1.plot_interval()
[t, 0, 1]


3D Point

3D Line