Rectifying Plane

rectifying plane

[′rek·tə‚fī·iŋ ‚plān]
(mathematics)
The plane that contains the tangent and binormal to a curve at a given point on the curve.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Rectifying Plane

 

The rectifying plane of a space curve L at a point M on L is the plane of the tangent and binormal to L at M. The envelope of the family of rectifying planes of L is a developable surface called the rectifying developable of L (seeRULEDSURFACE). On this surface, L is a geodesic. When the rectifying developable is developed on a plane, L becomes a straight line. In other words, L is “rectified”; this fact accounts for the term “rectifying plane.”

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