neutral geometry
Dedekind Cuts. Let $\mathrm{\ell}$ be a line in a linear ordered
geometry $S$ and let $A,B$ be two subsets on $\mathrm{\ell}$. A point $p$ is
said to be between $A$ and $B$ if for any pair of points $q\in A$
and $r\in B$, $p$ is between $q$ and $r$. Note that $p$ necessarily
lies on $\mathrm{\ell}$.
For example, given a ray $\rho $ on a line $\mathrm{\ell}$. If $p$ is the
source of $\rho $, then $p$ is a point between $\rho $ and its
opposite ray $\rho $, regardless whether the ray is defined to be
open or closed. It is easy to see that $p$ is the unique point
between $\rho $ and $\rho $.
Given a line $\mathrm{\ell}$, a Dedekind cut on $\mathrm{\ell}$ is a pair of subsets
$A,B\subseteq \mathrm{\ell}$ such that $A\cup B=\mathrm{\ell}$ and there is a unique
point $p$ between $A$ and $B$. A ray $\rho $ on a line $\mathrm{\ell}$ and
its compliment $\overline{\rho}$ constitute a Dedekind cut on
$\mathrm{\ell}$.
If $A,B$ form a Dedekind cut on $\mathrm{\ell}$, then $A$ and $B$ have two additional properties:

1.
no point on $A$ is strictly between two points on $B$, and

2.
no point on $B$ is strictly between two points on $A$.
Conversely, if $A,B$ satisfy the above two conditions, can we say that $A$ and $B$ constitute a Dedekind cut? In a neutral geometry, the answer is yes.
Neutral Geometry. A neutral geometry is a linear ordered geometry satisfying

1.
the congruence axioms^{}, and

2.
the continuity axiom: given any line $\mathrm{\ell}$ with $\mathrm{\ell}=A\cup B$ such that

(a)
no point on $A$ is (strictly) between two points on $B$, and

(b)
no point on $B$ is (strictly) between two points on $A$.
then $A$ and $B$ constitute a Dedekind cut on $\mathrm{\ell}$. In other words, there is a unique point $o$ between $A$ and $B$.

(a)
Clearly, $A\cap B$ contains at most one point. The continuity axiom is also known as Dedekind’s Axiom.
Properties.

1.
Let $\mathrm{\ell}=A\cup B$ be a line, satisfying (a) and (b) above and let $p\in A$. Suppose $\rho $ lying on $\mathrm{\ell}$ is a ray emanating from $p$. Then either $\rho \subseteq A$ or $B\subseteq \rho $.

2.
Let $\mathrm{\ell}=A\cup B$ be a line, satisfying (a) and (b) above and let $o$ be the unique point as mentioned above. Then a closed ray emanating from $o$ is either $A$ or $B$. This implies that every Dedekind cut on a line $\mathrm{\ell}$ consists of at least one ray.

3.
We can similarly propose a continuity axiom on a ray as follows: given any ray $\rho $ with $\rho =A\cup B$ such that

–
no point on $A$ is strictly between two points on $B$, and

–
no point on $B$ is strictly between two points on $A$.
then there is a unique point $o$ on $\rho $ between $A$ and $B$. It turns out that the two continuity axioms are equivalent^{}.

–

4.
Archimedean Property Given two line segments^{} $\overline{pq}$ and $\overline{rs}$, then there is a unique natural number^{} $n$ and a unique point $t$, such that

(a)
$t$ lies on the line segment $n\cdot \overline{rs}\subseteq \overrightarrow{rs}$,

(b)
$t$ does not lie on the line segment $(n1)\cdot \overline{rs}$, and

(c)
$\overline{pq}\cong \overline{rt}$.
This property usually appears in the study of ordered fields.

(a)

5.
For any given line $\mathrm{\ell}$ and any point $p$, there exists a line $m$ passing through $p$ that is perpendicular^{} to $\mathrm{\ell}$.

6.
Consequently, for any given line $\mathrm{\ell}$ and any point $p$ not lying on $\mathrm{\ell}$, there exists at leaast one line passing through $p$ that is parallel^{} to $\mathrm{\ell}$. If there is more than one line passing through $p$ parallel to $\mathrm{\ell}$, then there are infinitely many of these lines.
Examples.

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A Euclidean geometry^{} is a neutral geometry satisfying the Euclid’s parallel axiom: for any given line and any given point not lying on the line, there is a unique line passing through the point and parallel to the given line.

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A hyperbolic geometry (or BolyaiLobachevsky geometry) is a neutral geometry satisfying the hyperbolic axiom: for any given line and any given point not lying on the line, there are at least two distinct (hence infinitely many) lines passing through the point and parallel to the given line.

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In fact, one can replace the indefinite article “a” in the first letter of each of the above examples by the definite article “the”. It can be shown that any two Euclidean geometries are geometrically isomorphic (preserving incidence, order, congruence^{}, and continuity). Similarly, any two hyperbolic geometries are isomorphic. Such geometries are said to be categorical.

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An elliptic geometry is not a neutral geometry, because pairwise distinct parallel lines do not exist.
Title  neutral geometry 
Canonical name  NeutralGeometry 
Date of creation  20130322 15:33:49 
Last modified on  20130322 15:33:49 
Owner  CWoo (3771) 
Last modified by  CWoo (3771) 
Numerical id  9 
Author  CWoo (3771) 
Entry type  Definition 
Classification  msc 51F10 
Classification  msc 51F05 
Synonym  absolute geometry 
Synonym  Dedekind axiom 
Defines  hyperbolic axiom 
Defines  BolyaiLobachevsky geometry 
Defines  continuity axiom 
Defines  categorical 