LineSegment, Ray and Line
Definition of in Linesegment, ray and line geometry:
A line segment is a fixed part of a line. It has two end
points. It is named by the end points. In the figure given below end points are
A and B. So, the line segment is called AB. A line segment is denoted as \(\overline{AB}\).
The part of a line is called a linesegment
as shown below.
Line segment \(\overline{AB}\)

Line segment \(\overline{AB}\)

Only one line can be drawn passing through
any two points but a number of lines can be drawn through a point.
Line AB

Lines passing through a point O

Line segment CD


Ray: We know about sunrays. A sunray
starts from the sun and goes on a direction up to endless space. Similarly a
geometrical ray is considered a special kind of line which starts from a fixed
point and goes to any distance to the other direction of the starting point.
The name of a ray is given with two capital
letters. One letter is written at the starting point of the ray and the other
letter is written near the arrow end as AB and LM.
A line, line segment and ray all are called
one dimensional (1D) figures as they have only length.
In short, a ray is a portion of line. It has one end point. A ray can
be extended in any one direction endlessly. We name the given ray as \(\underset{AB}{\rightarrow}\). The first letter
shows the end point. The Sun light is an example of the ray.
Distinction between linesegment, ray and line:
Linesegment
1. It has two end points.
2. The length of a linesegment is definite. So, it can be measured.
3. The symbol of a linesegment is _____

Ray
1. Ray has one starting point and another near the arrowhead.
2. It has a starting point but no other end point. So, its length cannot be measured.
3. The symbol of a ray is →

Line
1. There are no end points in a line.
2. There are no end points. So, length of a line cannot be measured.
3. The symbol of a line is ↔

These explanations on linesegment, ray and
line will help the kids to understand the different fundamental element of
geometry and their distinction.
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