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Mark any finite number of points on a plane. It should meet this axiom.


Original way of stating it: If a line (infinite) is drawn passing through exactly n (n>0) points, any line drawn parallel to it will pass through exactly n or 0 points.

New way of stating it: If any 2 parallel lines are selected, either one (or both) of them passes through zero points, or they pass through the same number ($n$) of points.

Don't my original and new way of stating the axiom mean the same thing?


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  • $\begingroup$ Infinitely many points are OK? $\endgroup$ – xnor Apr 25 '15 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ This appears to be a plain old math problem. Consider whether text-book style problems are appropriate meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/2783/… $\endgroup$ – Bob Apr 25 '15 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ this is any square $n$X$n$ plan permeated by $k$<$n²$ perpendicular lines to each other and to plan axes , where all the points taking part of these lines are removed from this plan . $\endgroup$ – Abr001am Apr 25 '15 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how to classify this problem. It looks like an elementary geometry problem (not even a problem, maybe); if so, should be moved to another SE or deleted. If it is a lateral-thinking puzzle, then the tags are wrong, also I can't see anything outside the box here. I'm very confused. $\endgroup$ – leoll2 Apr 25 '15 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ in my view , it is too easy for a puzzle , only if i did interept it properly $\endgroup$ – Abr001am Apr 25 '15 at 15:50

If I understand correctly, below is a simple set of points satisfying the condition. Points in the set are red. Parallel lines are of the same color.

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  • $\begingroup$ Also any set of $n > 1$ collinear points would work.. $\endgroup$ – Ben Frankel Apr 25 '15 at 16:22

In geometry, parallel lines are lines in a plane which do not meet. (source here)

The parallel line will always pass through exactly $0$ points of the other line, else they wouldn't be parallel!
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What if the two lines coincide? They both pass through the $n$ points, but they're called coincident and not parallel


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