Please notice that *empty* space has not been defined, the foregoing ideas are all based on specific particles and positions.

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WikiMechanics began with the premise that we can understand ordinary space by describing sensation. Our first attempt at this discussed compound quarks situated in a quark space. But that construction was coarse and distorted compared to ordinary classrooms and laboratories. So now let us consider a more restrictive arrangement where all the particles in a space have special attributes. Specifically we examine aggregations of atoms that have shapes which can be expressed in Cartesian coordinates. Definition: we say that a space $\mathbb{S}$ is **Euclidean** if almost all of the particles in $\mathbb{S}$ satisfy the following requirements. First, they must be fully three-dimensional like cylinders, rods or plates. And there must be some variation among these forms. But $\mathbb{S}$ must also be well-stirred so that shapes are not aligned or consistently oriented. Similarly, phase angles must exhibit some variation between atoms, they cannot be coherently related to each other. So for example $\mathbb{S}$ cannot be resonating. Under these conditions, more analysis yields a metric called the **Euclidean metric** as shown in the accompanying table. In a Euclidean space, a position vector like $\bar{r} = ( x, y, z )$ has a norm given by

The Euclidean Metric |

$k_{zz} \equiv 1$ | $k_{xz} = 0$ |

$k_{xx} = 1$ | $k_{xy} = 0$ |

$k_{yy} = 1$ | $k_{yz} = 0$ |

$\begin{align} r \equiv \left\| \; \bar{r} \; \right\| &\equiv \sqrt{ \; k_{xx} x^{2} + k_{yy} y^{2} + k_{zz} z^{2} + 2k_{xy} x y + 2 k_{xz} x z + 2k_{yz} y z \; \; } \\ &= \sqrt{ \, x^{2} + y^{2} + z^{2} \; } \end{align}$

And a norm of the separation vector

$\Delta \bar{r} = ( \Delta x, \Delta y, \Delta z )$

gives the distance between events in a Euclidean space as

$\Delta r \equiv \left\| \, \Delta \bar{r} \vphantom{\sum^{2}} \, \right\| = \sqrt{ \, \Delta x^{2} + \Delta y^{2} + \Delta z^{2} \vphantom{\sum^{2}} \; }$

These relationships express some very old knowledge about geometry that is often attributed to Pythagoras.Here is a link to the most recent version of this content, including the full text.

Euclidean Space |