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Vertex

A corner point of a geometric figure. For a polygon, vertices are where adjacent sides meet. For an angle, the vertex is where the two rays making up the angle meet.

Note: If the figure is a curve or surface, the vertices are the points of maximum curvature.

 

 

See also

Vertex of a parabola, vertices of an ellipse, vertices of a hyperbola

 


  this page updated 27-aug-12
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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