## org.apache.commons.math3.geometry.euclidean.threed Class Line

```java.lang.Object
org.apache.commons.math3.geometry.euclidean.threed.Line
```
All Implemented Interfaces:
Embedding<Euclidean3D,Euclidean1D>

`public class Lineextends Objectimplements Embedding<Euclidean3D,Euclidean1D>`

The class represent lines in a three dimensional space.

Each oriented line is intrinsically associated with an abscissa which is a coordinate on the line. The point at abscissa 0 is the orthogonal projection of the origin on the line, another equivalent way to express this is to say that it is the point of the line which is closest to the origin. Abscissa increases in the line direction.

Since:
3.0
Version:
\$Id: Line.java 1416643 2012-12-03 19:37:14Z tn \$

Constructor Summary
`Line(Line line)`
Copy constructor.
```Line(Vector3D p1, Vector3D p2)```
Build a line from two points.

Method Summary
` Vector3D` `closestPoint(Line line)`
Compute the point of the instance closest to another line.
` boolean` `contains(Vector3D p)`
Check if the instance contains a point.
` double` `distance(Line line)`
Compute the shortest distance between the instance and another line.
` double` `distance(Vector3D p)`
Compute the distance between the instance and a point.
` double` `getAbscissa(Vector3D point)`
Get the abscissa of a point with respect to the line.
` Vector3D` `getDirection()`
Get the normalized direction vector.
` Vector3D` `getOrigin()`
Get the line point closest to the origin.
` Vector3D` `intersection(Line line)`
Get the intersection point of the instance and another line.
` boolean` `isSimilarTo(Line line)`
Check if the instance is similar to another line.
` Vector3D` `pointAt(double abscissa)`
Get one point from the line.
` void` ```reset(Vector3D p1, Vector3D p2)```
Reset the instance as if built from two points.
` Line` `revert()`
Get a line with reversed direction.
` Vector3D` `toSpace(Vector<Euclidean1D> point)`
Transform a sub-space point into a space point.
` Vector1D` `toSubSpace(Vector<Euclidean3D> point)`
Transform a space point into a sub-space point.
` SubLine` `wholeLine()`
Build a sub-line covering the whole line.

Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
`clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait`

Constructor Detail

### Line

```public Line(Vector3D p1,
Vector3D p2)
throws MathIllegalArgumentException```
Build a line from two points.

Parameters:
`p1` - first point belonging to the line (this can be any point)
`p2` - second point belonging to the line (this can be any point, different from p1)
Throws:
`MathIllegalArgumentException` - if the points are equal

### Line

`public Line(Line line)`
Copy constructor.

The created instance is completely independent from the original instance, it is a deep copy.

Parameters:
`line` - line to copy
Method Detail

### reset

```public void reset(Vector3D p1,
Vector3D p2)
throws MathIllegalArgumentException```
Reset the instance as if built from two points.

Parameters:
`p1` - first point belonging to the line (this can be any point)
`p2` - second point belonging to the line (this can be any point, different from p1)
Throws:
`MathIllegalArgumentException` - if the points are equal

### revert

`public Line revert()`
Get a line with reversed direction.

Returns:
a new instance, with reversed direction

### getDirection

`public Vector3D getDirection()`
Get the normalized direction vector.

Returns:
normalized direction vector

### getOrigin

`public Vector3D getOrigin()`
Get the line point closest to the origin.

Returns:
line point closest to the origin

### getAbscissa

`public double getAbscissa(Vector3D point)`
Get the abscissa of a point with respect to the line.

The abscissa is 0 if the projection of the point and the projection of the frame origin on the line are the same point.

Parameters:
`point` - point to check
Returns:
abscissa of the point

### pointAt

`public Vector3D pointAt(double abscissa)`
Get one point from the line.

Parameters:
`abscissa` - desired abscissa for the point
Returns:
one point belonging to the line, at specified abscissa

### toSubSpace

`public Vector1D toSubSpace(Vector<Euclidean3D> point)`
Transform a space point into a sub-space point.

Specified by:
`toSubSpace` in interface `Embedding<Euclidean3D,Euclidean1D>`
Parameters:
`point` - n-dimension point of the space
Returns:
(n-1)-dimension point of the sub-space corresponding to the specified space point
`getAbscissa(Vector3D)`

### toSpace

`public Vector3D toSpace(Vector<Euclidean1D> point)`
Transform a sub-space point into a space point.

Specified by:
`toSpace` in interface `Embedding<Euclidean3D,Euclidean1D>`
Parameters:
`point` - (n-1)-dimension point of the sub-space
Returns:
n-dimension point of the space corresponding to the specified sub-space point
`pointAt(double)`

### isSimilarTo

`public boolean isSimilarTo(Line line)`
Check if the instance is similar to another line.

Lines are considered similar if they contain the same points. This does not mean they are equal since they can have opposite directions.

Parameters:
`line` - line to which instance should be compared
Returns:
true if the lines are similar

### contains

`public boolean contains(Vector3D p)`
Check if the instance contains a point.

Parameters:
`p` - point to check
Returns:
true if p belongs to the line

### distance

`public double distance(Vector3D p)`
Compute the distance between the instance and a point.

Parameters:
`p` - to check
Returns:
distance between the instance and the point

### distance

`public double distance(Line line)`
Compute the shortest distance between the instance and another line.

Parameters:
`line` - line to check against the instance
Returns:
shortest distance between the instance and the line

### closestPoint

`public Vector3D closestPoint(Line line)`
Compute the point of the instance closest to another line.

Parameters:
`line` - line to check against the instance
Returns:
point of the instance closest to another line

### intersection

`public Vector3D intersection(Line line)`
Get the intersection point of the instance and another line.

Parameters:
`line` - other line
Returns:
intersection point of the instance and the other line or null if there are no intersection points

### wholeLine

`public SubLine wholeLine()`
Build a sub-line covering the whole line.

Returns:
a sub-line covering the whole line