Modern Geometry with Applications

  • George A. Jennings

Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-189

About this book

Introduction

This book is an introduction to the theory and applications of "modern geometry" ~ roughly speaking, geometry that was developed after Euclid. It covers three major areas of non-Euclidean geometry and their applica­ tions: spherical geometry (used in navigation and astronomy), projective geometry (used in art), and spacetime geometry (used in the Special The­ ory of Relativity). In addition it treats some of the more useful topics from Euclidean geometry, focusing on the use of Euclidean motions, and includes a chapter on conics and the orbits of planets. My aim in writing this book was to balance theory with applications. It seems to me that students of geometry, especially prospective mathe­ matics teachers, need to be aware of how geometry is used as well as how it is derived. Every topic in the book is motivated by an application and many additional applications are given in the exercises. This emphasis on applications is responsible for a somewhat nontraditional choice of top­ ics: I left out hyperbolic geometry, a traditional topic with practically no applications that are intelligible to undergraduates, and replaced it with the spacetime geometry of Special Relativity, a thoroughly non-Euclidean geometry with striking implications for our own physical universe. The book contains enough material for a one semester course in geometry at the sophomore-to-senior level, as well as many exercises, mostly of a non­ routine nature (the instructor may want to supplement them with routine exercises of his/her own).

Keywords

Area Congruence Excel addition algebraic curve equation field functions geometry mathematics navigation projective geometry reflection theorem transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • George A. Jennings
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsCalifornia State University Dominguez HillsCarsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-0855-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-94222-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-0855-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-5939
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6675
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