# Definition:Directed Line Segment

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## Definition

A **directed line segment** is a line segment endowed with the additional property of direction.

It is often used in the context of applied mathematics to represent a vector quantity.

## Also known as

A **directed line segment** can also be seen as **oriented line segment**.

## Sources

- 1936: Richard Courant:
*Differential and Integral Calculus: Volume $\text { II }$*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text I$: Preliminary Remarks on Analytical Geometry and Vector Analysis: $1$. Rectangular Co-ordinates and Vectors: $2$. Directions and Vectors. Formulæ for Transforming Axes - 1947: William H. McCrea:
*Analytical Geometry of Three Dimensions*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text {I}$: Coordinate System: Directions: $\S 1$. Introductory: Nomenclature - 1961: I.M. Gel'fand:
*Lectures on Linear Algebra*(2nd ed.) ... (next): $\S 1$: $n$-Dimensional vector spaces - 1968: Murray R. Spiegel:
*Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 22$: Vectors and Scalars - 1972: M.A. Akivis and V.V. Goldberg:
*An Introduction to Linear Algebra & Tensors*(translated by Richard A. Silverman) ... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $1$: Linear Spaces: $1$. Basic Concepts - 1992: Frederick W. Byron, Jr. and Robert W. Fuller:
*Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics*... (previous) ... (next): Volume One: Chapter $1$ Vectors in Classical Physics: $1.1$ Geometric and Algebraic Definitions of a Vector