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Metric geometry

  1. Jan 28, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Prove that a line in a metric geometry has infinitely many points.


    2. The attempt at a solution

    I can't use any real analysis, like completeness. I can only use geometry to prove this, specifically distances and rulers.

    Intituvely I understand why. Any segment with at least two points has infinitely many points, because, intuitively, given any two distinct points, there is a third one, distinct from both of them and so on. But how can I prove this formally?
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2014 #2

    Office_Shredder

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    What is your definition of a "metric geometry"?
     
  4. Jan 29, 2014 #3

    pasmith

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    And, for that matter, your definition of "line"?
     
  5. Jan 29, 2014 #4
    Sorry for that:

    Metric geometry: An incidence geometry ##\{P, L\}##, where ##P## is the set of points, ##L## set of lines, together with a distance function ##d## satisfies if ever line ##l\in L## has a ruler. In this case we say ##M = \{P,L,d\}## is a metric geometry.

    Line: for line I will define it as an incidence geometry. If every two distinct points in ##L## lie on a unique line and there exist three points ##a,b,c\in L## which do not lie all on one line. If ##\{P,L\}## is an incidence geometry and ##p,q\in P##, then the unique line ##l## on which both ##p,q## lie will be written as ##l=\vec{pq}##.
     
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