# Planarity

**Planarity** or **planicity** denotes the spatial arrangement (ie in three-dimensional space) of points in a plane ; the points are then **flat** (in mathematics: *complanar* ).

Two plane surfaces that are parallel are called **plane-parallel** .

## Explanation of terms plan - planar

In German usage, it says *plan* , never *planar* , as in English, from which it is borrowed in some expressions such as screens, lenses ( Gaussian double lens or planar lens ) or other optical equipment. The term *plan* means “in a surface”, *planar* stands for “flattenable” in graph theory ( planar graph ), and for “in the (low) level (flat landscape)” in the geosciences ( lowland level ).

## Planarity of graphs

A graph is planar if it can be drawn in a plane in such a way that all edges represented by Jordan curves only intersect at the end points / nodes.

- According to Wagner and Fáry's theorem, there is a straight-line embedding for every planar graph.
- The bounding edges of a graph are called borders.
- Two embeddings are equivalent if there is an isomorphic map between the boundaries of their domains.
- The planarity can be determined algorithmically in linear time.
- If you want to color neighboring nodes of a planar graph differently, you can do this with only 4 colors according to the four-color theorem .

## measuring technology

- Planarity describes the surface quality; see
*flatness*in general and*surface roughness*for special accuracy - A surface in construction is flat when it is sufficiently flat; see
*leveling* -
*Straightening*is a production process for shaping a workpiece flat.

## optics

With optical lenses, planarity is a quality feature of the extent to which the cut approximates the ideal curve. The expression *plane surface is* used for the flat surfaces of prisms, lenses or mirrors .

A plane-parallel glass body is called a plane *plate* .

See also: evenness (technology)