# Harmonic quadruple

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A quadruple of points on a straight line with cross ratio equal to \$-1\$. If \$(ABCD)\$ is a harmonic quadruple of points, one says that the pair \$AB\$ harmonically divides the pair \$CD\$, or that the points \$A\$ and \$B\$ are harmonically conjugate with respect to the points \$C\$ and \$D\$; the pairs \$AB\$ and \$CD\$ are called harmonically conjugate. Figure: h046530a

A harmonic quadruple can be defined without recourse to metric concepts. Let \$PQRS\$ be a quadrangle (see Fig.), let \$A\$ and \$B\$ be the intersection points of the opposite sides, and let \$C\$ and \$D\$ be the intersection points of the diagonals \$SQ\$ and \$PR\$ of \$PQRS\$ with the straight line \$AB\$. Then the quadruple of points \$(ABCD)\$ is a harmonic quadruple. A quadruple of straight lines (or planes) passing through a single point (a single straight line) is called a harmonic quadruple of straight lines (planes) if a straight line intersects it in a harmonic quadruple of points.

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When the straight line is a complex one, but viewed as a Euclidean plane, one says harmonic quadrilateral, see [a1].

For example, use, etc. of harmonic quadruples see, for example, [a1][a3].

How to Cite This Entry:
Harmonic quadruple. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Harmonic_quadruple&oldid=31972
This article was adapted from an original article by A.B. Ivanov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article