The number line

A one-dimensional space (1D space) is a mathematical space in which location can be specified with a single coordinate. An example is the number line, each point of which is described by a single real number.[1]

Any straight line or smooth curve is a one-dimensional space, regardless of the dimension of the ambient space in which the line or curve is embedded. Examples include the circle on a plane, or a parametric space curve.

In algebraic geometry there are several structures that are one-dimensional spaces but are usually referred to by more specific terms. Any field is a one-dimensional vector space over itself. The projective line over denoted is a one-dimensional space. In particular, if the field is the complex numbers then the complex projective line is one-dimensional with respect to (but is sometimes called the Riemann sphere, as it is a model of the sphere, two-dimensional with respect to real-number coordinates).

For every eigenvector of a linear transformation T on a vector space V, there is a one-dimensional space AV generated by the eigenvector such that T(A) = A, that is, A is an invariant set under the action of T.[2]

In Lie theory, a one-dimensional subspace of a Lie algebra is mapped to a one-parameter group under the Lie group–Lie algebra correspondence.[3]

More generally, a ring is a length-one module over itself. Similarly, the projective line over a ring is a one-dimensional space over the ring. In case the ring is an algebra over a field, these spaces are one-dimensional with respect to the algebra, even if the algebra is of higher dimensionality.

Coordinate systems in one-dimensional space

Main article: Coordinate system

One dimensional coordinate systems include the number line.

See also


  1. ^ Гущин, Д. Д. "Пространство как математическое понятие" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  2. ^ Peter Lancaster & Miron Tismenetsky (1985) The Theory of Matrices, second edition, page 147, Academic Press ISBN 0-12-435560-9
  3. ^ P. M. Cohn (1961) Lie Groups, page 70, Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics # 46