Geometric Transformations IV: Circular Transformations by I. M. Yaglom, Abe Shenitzer

By I. M. Yaglom, Abe Shenitzer

The general airplane geometry of highschool figures composed of strains and circles takes on a brand new existence while considered because the examine of homes which are preserved via distinct teams of adjustments. now not is there a unmarried, common geometry: diversified units of differences of the aircraft correspond to fascinating, disparate geometries.

This booklet is the concluding half IV of Geometric Transformations, however it could be studied independently of elements I, II, and III, which seemed during this sequence as Volumes eight, 21, and 24. half I treats the geometry of inflexible motions of the airplane (isometries); half II treats the geometry of shape-preserving alterations of the airplane (similarities); half III treats the geometry of alterations of the aircraft that map traces to strains (affine and projective variations) and introduces the Klein version of non-Euclidean geometry.

The current half IV develops the geometry of changes of the airplane that map circles to circles (conformal or anallagmatic geometry). The proposal of inversion, or mirrored image in a circle, is the main software hired. purposes comprise ruler-and-compass buildings and the Poincaré version of hyperbolic geometry.

The user-friendly, direct presentation assumes just some heritage in high-school geometry and trigonometry. various workouts lead the reader to a mastery of the equipment and ideas. the second one half the publication includes exact ideas of all of the problems.

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2 It is easy to see that if two points A and A0 are symmetric with respect to a circle S , then any circle passing through A and A0 is perpendicular to S (this is an analogue of the fact that the center of a circle passing through two points A and A0 symmetric with respect to a line l is on that line). 3 Basically, this new definition of a reflection in a circle is quite close to the definition of a reflection in a line adopted in Section 1, Ch. II of NML 8. 4 This definition explains why inversion is sometimes referred to as a transformation by reciprocal radii.

62 in NML 24) from the theorem on three centers of similarity (p. 29, NML 21). We will now prove a theorem which will be frequently used when solving subsequent problems in this book. Theorem 2. Any two circles, or a line and a circle, can be transformed by an inversion into two (intersecting or parallel) lines or two concentric circles. Proof. A circle S can always be inverted into a line by using any of its points as a center of inversion (see p. 11). If we invert a line using any of its points as the center of inversion, then the line goes over to itself.

R C d / D r 2 ; R2 D d 2 C r 2 : Hence if M is the center of the circle † that intersects the diameters of circles S1 and S2 with centers O1 and O2 and radii r1 and r2 (Figure 54b), then d12 C r12 D d22 C r22 ; d22 d12 D r12 r22 I here d1 D MO1 and d2 D MO2 . It follows that if r1 r2 , then d1 Ä d2 . Also, transforming the second of the displayed equalities, we obtain the equality 2O1 O2 TQ D r12 r22 ; where Q is the foot of the perpendicular from M to O1 O2 and T is the midpoint of the segment O1 O2 (see pp.

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