By Richard S. Millman, George D. Parker

ISBN-10: 0387974121

ISBN-13: 9780387974125

Geometry: A Metric strategy with Models, imparts a true feeling for Euclidean and non-Euclidean (in specific, hyperbolic) geometry. meant as a rigorous first path, the ebook introduces and develops a number of the axioms slowly, after which, in a departure from different texts, constantly illustrates the key definitions and axioms with or 3 versions, permitting the reader to photo the belief extra essentially. the second one variation has been improved to incorporate a variety of expository routines. also, the authors have designed software program with computational difficulties to accompany the textual content. This software program should be acquired from George Parker.

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How would you explain them to an engineering student? to your parents or spouse? to high school students? Note how your answer changes depending on your audience! 1 Definition and Models of incidence Geometry In this section we shall define the notions of an abstract geometry and an incidence geometry. These are given by listing a set of axioms that must be satisfied. After the definitions are made, we will give a number of examples which will serve as models for these geometries. Two of these models, the Cartesian Plane and the Poincare Plane, will be used throughout the rest of the book.

In this book we will follow the metric approach because the concept of distance is such a natural one. (Modern treatments of the synthetic approach can be found in Borsuk and Szmielew [1960] or Greenberg [1980]. ) Intuitively, "distance" is a function which assigns a number d(P, Q) to each pair of points P, Q. , 28 2 Incidence and Metric Geometry d(P, Q) = d(Q, P)). Furthermore, the only time the distance between two points is zero should be when the points are actually the same. More formally we have the following definition.

Ha E? The next theorem says the answer is yes. This result will not be used in the rest of the book. It is included for the sake of completeness and is optional. 3. If I is a line in a metric geometry and if f t l. a). for all-P e 1. PRooF. Let Po e l be the point with g(PQ) = 0. Let a = f(P0). Since both f and g are rulers for 1, we have for each P e I that Ig(P)I = Ig(P) - g(Po)I = d(P, Pa) = I f(P) - f(PO)I If(P)-al. Thus for each P e 1, g(P) = ±(f(P) - a). (3-1) We claim we can use the same sign for each value of P.

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