|—n , pl -ties|
|1.||the state or quality of being two or in two parts; dichotomy|
|2.||physics the principle that a wave-particle duality exists in microphysics in which wave theory and corpuscular theory are complementary. The propagation of electromagnetic radiation is analysed using wave theory but its interaction with matter is described in terms of photons. The condition of particles such as electrons, neutrons, and atoms is described in terms of de Broglie waves|
|3.||geometry the interchangeability of the roles of the point and the plane in statements and theorems in projective geometry|
|a positive integer that is not divisible without remainder by any integer except itself and 1, with 1 often excluded|
|pertaining to the mathematical prerequisites for the study of calculus, as algebra, analytical geometry, and trigonometry|
in mathematics, principle whereby one true statement can be obtained from another by merely interchanging two words. It is a property belonging to the branch of algebra known as lattice theory, which is involved with the concepts of order and structure common to different mathematical systems. A mathematical structure is called a lattice if it can be ordered in a specified way (see order). Projective geometry, set theory, and symbolic logic are examples of systems with underlying lattice structures, and therefore also have principles of duality.
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