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Methods for Euclidean Geometry
By Owen Byer, Felix Lazebnik, and Deirdre L. Smeltzer
Catalog Code: MEG
480 pp., Hardbound, 2010
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Series: Classroom Resource Materials
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Euclidean plane geometry is one of the oldest and most beautiful of subjects in mathematics, and Methods for Euclidean Geometry explores the application of a broad range of mathematical techniques to the solution of Euclidean problems.
The book presents numerous problems of varying difficulty and diverse methods for solving them. More than a third of the book is devoted to problem statements, hints, and complete solutions. Some exercises are repeated in several chapters so that students can understand that there are various ways to solve them.
The book offers a unique and refreshing approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, which can serve to enhance students' understanding of mathematics as a whole.
Table of Contents
1. Early History
2. Axioms: from Euclid to Today
3. Lines and Polygons
5. Length and Area
10. Complex numbers
12. Affine Transformations
14. Coordinate Method with Software
Hints to Chapter Problems.
Solutions to Chapter Problems.
Loci (p. 107):
Having completed a survey of lines, polygons, circles, and angles, we come to another collection of well-known figures in the plane: ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas. In what situations do these figures appear? What is our motivation for studying them?
One way in which these figures arise quite naturally is when we try to find answers to questions of the type, "What is the set of all points (loci) of a plane that satisfy a given property?" Another is when we wish to understand the trajectory of a moving point. Yet a third situation occurs when we seek to describe the intersection of two surfaces in space.