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In geometry, a **normal** is an object such as a line or vector that is perpendicular to a given object. For example, in the two-dimensional case, the **normal line** to a curve at a given point is the line perpendicular to the tangent line to the curve at the point.

In the three-dimensional case a **surface normal**, or simply **normal**, to a surface at a point *P* is a vector that is perpendicular to the tangent plane to that surface at *P*. The word "normal" is also used as an adjective: a line normal to a plane, the normal component of a force, the **normal vector**, etc. The concept of **normality** generalizes to orthogonality.

The concept has been generalized to differentiable manifolds of arbitrary dimension embedded in a Euclidean space. The **normal vector space** or **normal space** of a manifold at a point *P* is the set of the vectors which are orthogonal to the tangent space at *P*. In the case of differential curves, the curvature vector is a normal vector of special interest.

The **normal** is often used in computer graphics to determine a surface's orientation toward a light source for flat shading, or the orientation of each of the corners (vertices) to mimic a curved surface with Phong shading.

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