**Question**. The above picture only show an affine part of the respective projective spaces. What happens if some of the points lie at infinity?

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$\begin{bmatrix}

1 \\ 0 \\ 0

\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}

0 \\ 0 \\ 1

\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}

0 \\ 1 \\ 1

\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}

-1 \\ 1 \\ 1

\end{bmatrix}$ are not in general position in $P(\mathbb{R}^3) = \mathbb{R}^2 \cup P(\mathbb{R}^2)$. Furthermore $

\begin{bmatrix}

1 \\ 0

\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}

-1 \\ 0

\end{bmatrix} \left(= \begin{bmatrix}

1 \\ 0

\end{bmatrix}\right), \begin{bmatrix}

0 \\ 1

\end{bmatrix}$ are not in general position in $P(\mathbb{R}^2) = \mathbb{R} \cup P(\mathbb{R})$.

Question.Let $U = \text{span}\left(\begin{pmatrix}1 \\ 0 \\ 0

\end{pmatrix}, \begin{pmatrix}

0 \\ 0 \\ 1

\end{pmatrix}\right)$. Then $P(U)$ is a line. Is there a way to draw this line? Post your pictures 😀

Nice figures and good follow-up question! Last weeks tutorial should help 😉

Well, I think I have to rephrase my question (cos it doesnt express what it was intended to do)…

When I imagine a line, I think of it as affine combinations of two points, which leads to my…

Question.Take some arbitrary point and a point at infinity. Is there a line in the projective space s.t. both points lie on it? Can I visualize this line?Talking about “points at infinity” implies using a particular model of a projective space.

In the hemisphere model, you may see the points at the boundary as points at infinity. Clearly, there is a line through such a point on the boundary and a second point in the interior of the hemisphere.

In the affine model, you may understand the points at infinity as directions. To require that a line passes through a certain point at infinity means prescribing a direction for the line. Again, a finite point and a direction determine a unique line.

Question: What happens if you choose both points at infinity?