tangent plane


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tangent plane

n.
The plane containing all the lines tangent to a specified point on a surface.
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Noun1.tangent plane - the plane that contains all the lines tangent to a specific point on a surface
plane, sheet - (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape; "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
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his dervishes through each illumination angle-- tangent plane.
k0], lie instantaneously in the tangent plane at that point to the sphere of radius [r.
In this case, the calculation accuracy can be improved, because the local Cartesian coordinate systems which are established on the tangent plane to the element surface at Gauss points can adapt to the curved element surface better.
Thus, [partial derivative]Y contains no flat faces and no corners, and has a unique tangent plane at each point.
And the deformation of the coating which is between two adjacent asperities located on different tangent plane decreases with the increscent spacing of these two asperities.
The full spherical geometry, as opposed to tangent plane approximations, is particularly important when considering global streamline patterns generated by a given vorticity distribution.
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The evolute of a cylindrical section on the tangent plane forms a linear airfoils network.
great circles: If a vector is pinned onto a sphere and then transported along a meridian to the equator, for some angle [alpha] along the equator and back to the initial point without changing its length and its direction in the tangent plane to the surface of the sphere, the vector will point in a different direction with a relative angle of [alpha] as the holonomy associated with the loop.
First it is necessary to compute the N - 1 intersection lines of the tangent plane touching in ([x.
Using a set of data points and an algorithm called "least squares(*)," they draw an imaginary plane that would actually lie somewhere under the contact or tangent plane of that part if it were lying on a surface plate.
Because 3D facial animation is composed of various different expression models, the tangent plane and normal vector of the same vertex point also vary with changes in expressions, as shown in Figure 6.