MATH 371 Assignments Spring, 2003

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TEXTS: Fundamentals of Geometry by B. Meserve and J. Izzo, A.W. (1969) - ON LINE with  HSU ONCORE
The Elements by Euclid, 3 volumes, edited by T.L. Heath, Dover (1926)
Proof in Geometry by A.I Fetisov, Mir (1978)
Here's Looking at Euclid..., by J.Petit, Kaufmann (1985).
Flatland By E. Abbott, Dover.

Tentative assignments and topics for classes. 1/20/03 Subject to Revisions
Week Monday Wednesday Friday Reading for the week. Problems 
Due on Wednesday 
of the next week
1 1/20 No Class 1/23 1.1 Beginnings 
What is Geometry? 
The Pythagorean Theorem 
1/25Intro to Geometer's Sketchpad/ Wingeom 


M&I:1.1, 1.2 
E:I Def'ns, etc. p153-5; 
Prop. 1-12,22,23,47 
A:.Complete in three weeks
M&I p5:1-8,11 Due: 1/29 
2 1/27 The Pythagorean Theorem  1/29 
1.2 Equidecomposable Polygons
2/31 M&I 1.2, 1.3 
E: I Prop. 16, 27-32, 35-45.
M&I: p10:1,2,5,10,11-13 Due:2/6 
Prove:The line segment connecting the midpoints of  two sides of a triangle is parallel to the third side and is congruent to one half of the third side. 
Lab Exercises 1: Due: 2/31 
Construct a sketch with technology of 
1. Euclid's Proposition 1 in Book I. 
2. Euclid's Proposition 2 in Book I. 
3. One "proof" of the Pythagorean Theorem. 
3 2/4 More on Constructions 
1.1 Def'ns- Objects 
1.2 Constructions 
2/6 1.3 Geometry and numbers 
2/8 1.4 Continuity M&I 1.3,1.4 
E: III Prop. 1-3, 14-18, 20, 21, 10 
F. Sect. 11, 25, 31
M&I: p17:5, 8-11 
p11: 16-19, 24, *27  Due:2/13 
Problem  Set 1 Due:2/13 
Lab Exercises 2: Due by 2/8. 
Do Construction 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 from Meserve and Izzo Section 1.2. 
BONUS:Show how to "add" two arbitrary triangles to create a single parallelogram.
4 2/11 Transformations - Isometries 2/13 Coordinates and Transformations 
2/15 Inversion 
Begin Affine Geometry
M&I:1.5, 1.6, 2.1  
E: V def'ns 1-7;VI: prop 1&2 
F. Sect. 32
M&I:1.6:1-12,17,18 Due 2/20 
Problem Set 2 Due 2/20 
Lab Exercises 3: Due 2/15.  
1. Construct a scalene triangle using Wingeometry. Illustrate how to do i) a translation by a given "vector", ii) a rotation by a given angle measure, and iii) reflections across a given line.. 
2. Create a sketch that shows that the product of two reflections is either a translation or a rotation.
5 2/18 Affine Geometry 2/20 Affine Geometry 2/22 More affine geometry. Orthogonal circles and Inversion. M&I: 2.1, 2.2, 
E:IV Prop. 3-5
M&I: p23: 9,10 (analytic proofs) Due 2/27 
Lab Exercises 4: Due 2/22. 
1. Draw a figure showing the product of three planar reflections as a glide reflection. 
2. Draw a figure illustrating the effects of a central similarity on a triangle using magnification or dilation that is a) positive number >1, b) a positive number <1, and c) a negative number.
6 2/25 More Inversion and Affine Geometry (planar coordinates) 2/27 Breath 3/1Homogeneous Coordinates. M&I: 2.1,2.2 Problem Set 3 (Isos Tri) Due  [4 Points for every distinct correct proof of any of these problems.] 
Lab Exercises 5: Due 3/1. 
Construct the inverse of a point with respect to a circle a) when the point is inside the circle; b) when the point is outside the circle.
7 3/4 Continuation on coordinates. 3/6 Begin Synthetic Geometry [Finite]  3/8 More on Synthetic geometry.  M&I: 3.1,3.2, 3.5  Due   M&I: 3.5: 1,3,4,5,10,11 
Lab Exercise 6: Due 3/8 . See Notes [Abridged] 
1. Draw two intersecting circles O and O' and measure the angle between them. 
2. Given a circle O and two interior points A and B, construct an orthogonal circle O' through A and B. 
3.Use inversion with respect to the circle OP to invert <BAC to <B'A'C'. Discuss briefly the effects of inversion on angles. 
8 3/11 Homogeneous Coordinates with Z2 and Z3 3/13 More on Finite Synthetic Geometry and models. 
3/15Algebraic-projective geometry: Points and lines. M&I:3.6, 3.4,3.7
9 Spring break 3/18 No Class 3/20 No Class 3/22
10 3/25 Begin Synthetic Projective Geometry -Planes 
Triangle Coincidences 
3/27 Projective Geometry -Planes 
3/29Planar Desargues' Theorem; Proof of Desargues' Theorem.  M&I:4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 2.4 Due:  
Problem Set 4 
3.6: 3,7-15 
3.7: 1,4,7,10,13 
Lab Exercise 7: Due .  
Draw sketches for each of the following triangle coincidences: 
1. Medians. 2. Angle Bisectors. 3. Altitudes. 4. Perpendicular Bisectors.
11 4/1Conic Sections. 4/3 More on the axioms of Projective Geometry.  4/5Duality Theorem. M&I:4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 2.4 Lab Exercise 8: Due  
Draw a sketch for Desargue's theorem in the plane. 
Prove P6 for RP(2)
4.2: 2,3, Supp:1 
4.3: 1-6, Supp:1,5,6
12 4/8 More Duality and Desargues. 
4/10 Complete quadrangles Postulate 9. 
Projective transformations. 
4/12 Perspectivities and Projectivities. 
Conics ? 
Pascal's Theorem ?
4.5,4.6(p94-97).4.7, p105-108 (Desargues' Thrm)
Lab Exercise 9: Due  
1. Inversion: Investigate and sketch the result of inversion on lines and circles in the plane with a given circle for inversion. 
When does a line invert to a line? When does a line invert to a circle? When does a circle invert to a line? when does a circle invert to a circle?  Show sketches where each case occurs. [ Remember the inverse of the inverse is the original figure.] 
2. Pascal's configuration: Hexagons inscribed in conics. Points of intersections of opposite sides lie on a single line. 
Construct a figure for Pascal's configuration  with  a) an ellipse , b)a parabola,  and c) an hyperbola. 
Due : 
M&I:4.5:2; 4.6:7,8,9; 4.7:4,7 
Prove P9 for RP(2)
13 4/15More on coordinates and transformations.  4/17 Projectivities. Perspective  4/19Transformations of lines with homogeneous coordinates. 4.10, 5.4, 2.4 
Lab Exercise 10: Due  
1. Construct a sketch showing ABC on a line perspectively related to A'B'C' on a second line with center O. 1'. Draw a dual sketch for the figure in problem 1. 
2. Construct a sketch of  ABC on a line projectively (but not perspectively) related to A'B'C' on a second line. Show two centers and an intermediate line that gives the projectivity. 2'. Draw a dual sketch for the figure in problem 2. 
3.Construct a sketch of  ABC on a line projectively (but not perspectively) related to A'B'C' on the same line. Show two centers and an intermediate line that gives the projectivity. 2'. Draw a dual sketch for the figure in problem 3.
14 4/22 Projectivities in 3 space: More on Projective Line Transformations with Coordinates. 4/24 Begin Harmonic sets  4/26More on Transformations and Harmonic sets. 5.1,5.4 Due : M&I: 4.10:1,3,6,7; 
5.1:5; 5.4:1-8,10;  5.5: 2,3,7
15 4/29 Harmonics: uniqueness and construction of coordinates for a Projective Line, Plane, Space. 
5/1 Matrices for familiar Planar Projective Transformations. 
5/3Conics revisited. Pascal's and Brianchon's Theorems. Equations for conics. 5.1,5.2, 5.3,5.5, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2
16 5/6 The Big picture in Summary. 
Inversion properties?
5/8 Student Presentations 5/10 6.4, 6.6, 6.7

Problem Set 1

DEFINITIONS: A figure C is called convex if for any two points in the figure, the line segment determined by those two points is also contained in the figure.
That is, if A is a point of C and B is a point of C then the line segment AB is a subset of C.

If F and G are figures then F int G  is { X : X in F and X  in G }.
F int G is called the intersection of F and G.
If A is a family of figures (possibly infinite), then  int A = { X : for every figure F in the family A, X  is in F }.
int A is called the intersection of the family A.

1. Prove: If F and G are convex figures , then F int G is a convex figure.

2. Give a counterexample for the converse of problem 1.

3. Prove: If A is a family of convex figures, then int A is a convex figure.

4. Prove: The line segment RS is convex. [ Refer to M & I pg.2.] 

Problem Set 2

1. Suppose n is a natural number. Given P0 and P1 , prove by induction that you can construct with straight edge and compass (SEC) a point P sqrt(n)   which will correspond to the number  sqrt(n) on a Euclidean line.

2. Suppose we are given P0, P1, and P a where P a corresponds to the real number a>0. Give a construction with SEC of a point Psqrt(a) which will correspond to the number  sqrt(a) on a Euclidean line.

3. Given points P0, P1, Px, and Py on a Euclidean line corresponding to the real numbers x>0 and y>0, give constructions with SEC for the following points.

a) P x + y b) P x - y c) P x *y d) P 1/x
4. Construct with SEC on a Euclidean line:  sqrt( sqrt(5)/sqrt(3)  + sqrt(6) ).

5. Suppose that d(A,B) = d(A',B') and that l is the perpendicular bisector of the line segment  AA'. Let B'' be the reflection of B across l, i.e., B''= Tl(B). Prove that if  B' is not equal to B''  then A' lies on the perpendicular bisector of the line segment. 

Problem Set 3

1.  Prove: Two of the medians of an isosceles triangle are congruent.

2.  Prove: If two of the medians of a triangle are congruent then the triangle is isosceles.

3.  Prove: The angle bisectors of congruent angles of an isosceles triangle are congruent.

4.  Prove:  If two of the angle bisectors of a triangle are congruent then the triangle is isosceles. 

Problem Set  4

1. Use an affine line with P0 , P1 , and Pinf given. Show a construction for P1/2 and P2/3.

2. Use an affine line with P0 , P1 , and Pinf   given. Suppose x > 1.
Show a construction for  Px2 and Px3 when Px is known.

3. D is a circle with center N tangent to a line l at the point O and C is a circle that passes through the N and is tangent to l at O as well.
Suppose P is on l and PN intersect C = {Q}; Q' is on C so that Q'Q is parallel to ON; and {P'} = NQ'  intersect l.

Prove: a) P and Q are inverses with respect to the circle D.
b) P' and Q' are inverses with respect to the circle D.
c) P and P' are inverses with respect to the circle with center at O and radius ON.

4. Suppose C is a circle with center O and D is a circle with O  an element of D.
Let I be the inversion transformation with respect to C.

Prove: There is a line l, where I(P) is an element of  l for all P  that are elements of  D -{O}.