Lessons in Geometry: Plane geometry

Lessons in Geometry: Plane geometry

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This is a book in the tradition of Euclidean synthetic geometry written by one of the twentieth century's great mathematicians. The original audience was pre-college teachers, but it is useful as well to gifted high school students and college students, in particular, to mathematics majors interested in geometry from a more advanced standpoint. The text starts where Euclid starts, and covers all the basics of plane Euclidean geometry. But this text does much more. It is at once pleasingly classic and surprisingly modern. The problems (more than 450 of them) are well-suited to exploration using the modern tools of dynamic geometry software. For this reason, the present edition includes a CD of dynamic solutions to select problems, created using Texas Instruments' TI-NspireTM Learning Software. The TI-NspireTM documents demonstrate connections among problems and--through the free trial software included on the CD--will allow the reader to explore and interact with Hadamard's Geometry in new ways. The material also includes introductions to several advanced topics. The exposition is spare, giving only the minimal background needed for a student to explore these topics. Much of the value of the book lies in the problems, whose solutions open worlds to the engaged reader. And so this book is in the Socratic tradition, as well as the Euclidean, in that it demands of the reader both engagement and interaction. A forthcoming companion volume that includes solutions, extensions, and classroom activities related to the problems can only begin to open the treasures offered by this work. We are just fortunate that one of the greatest mathematical minds of recent times has made this effort to show to readers some of the opportunities that the intellectual tradition of Euclidean geometry has to offer.In a triangle, the larger side corresponds to the smaller medianl. (Consider the angle made by the third median with the third side.) A triangle with two equal median is isosceles. Exercise 40. Let us assume that a billiard ball which strikes a flatanbsp;...

Title:Lessons in Geometry: Plane geometry
Author: Jacques Hadamard
Publisher:American Mathematical Soc. - 2008

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