College Geometry A Unified Development (Hardcover)
|Author: David C. Kay|
This text presents a unified treatment of the three classical geometries: Euclidean, hyperbolic, and spherical (elliptic). This unique approach of combining all three geometries simultaneously using twelve concise axioms has never appeared in book form before at this level. The text introduces each axiom, including its reasons for use and implications, and then explains it in detail. In addition to numerous figures, examples, and exercises, the book includes Geometera (TM)s Sketchpad to help students build and investigate math models, objects, figures, and graphs. The author provides programs for students to use on a supporting website. A solutions manual is available for qualifying instructors.
From the Publisher:
Designed for mathematics majors and other students who intend to teach mathematics at the secondary school level, College Geometry: A Unified Development unifies the three classical geometries within an axiomatic framework. The author develops the axioms to include Euclidean, elliptic, and hyperbolic geometry, showing how geometry has real and far-reaching implications. He approaches every topic as a fresh, new concept and carefully defines and explains geometric principles.
The book begins with elementary ideas about points, lines, and distance, gradually introducing more advanced concepts such as congruent triangles and geometric inequalities. At the core of the text, the author simultaneously develops the classical formulas for spherical and hyperbolic geometry within the axiomatic framework. He explains how the trigonometry of the right triangle, including the Pythagorean theorem, is developed for classical non-Euclidean geometries. Previously accessible only to advanced or graduate students, this material is presented at an elementary level. The book also explores other important concepts of modern geometry, including affine transformations and circular inversion.
Through clear explanations and numerous examples and problems, this text shows step-by-step how fundamental geometric ideas are connected to advanced geometry. It represents the first step toward future study of Riemannian geometry, Einstein?s relativity, and theories of cosmology.