Definition:Affine Space/Difference Space

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Definition

Let $\mathcal E$ be an affine space with associated operations $+$ and $-$.


The vector space $V$ that is the codomain of $-$ is called the difference space of $\mathcal E$.

It is common to write $V = \vec{\mathcal E}$.


Also known as

$V$ is also referred to as:

the underlying vector space of $\mathcal E$
the translation space of $\mathcal E$
the tangent space to $\mathcal E$.