ideal element

noun

any element added to a mathematical theory in order to eliminate special cases. The ideal element i = √–1 allows all algebraic equations to be solved and the point at infinity (ideal point) ensures that any two lines in projective geometry intersect

Nearby words

  1. idea of pure reason,
  2. idea of reference,
  3. ideaistic,
  4. ideal,
  5. ideal crystal,
  6. ideal gas,
  7. ideal gas law,
  8. ideal of pure reason,
  9. ideal point,
  10. ideal type

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