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156. To find the volume of a parallelepiped in terms of its edges and their inclinations to one another.

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Let the edges be OA=a, OB=b, OC =c; let the inclinations be BOC = a, COA = B, AOB=y. Draw CE perpendicular to the plane AOB meeting it at E. Describe a sphere with O as a centre, meeting 04, OB, OC, OE at a, b, c, e respectively.

The volume of the parallelepiped is equal to the product of its base and altitude = ab sin y. CE = abc sin y sin cOe.

The spherical triangle cae is right-angled at e; thus

sin coe=sin coa sin cae= sin ß sin cab, and from the spherical triangle cab

1 (1 - cos* a - cos® B - cos y + 2 cos a cos ß cos y) sin cab

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sin ß sin y therefore the volume of the parallelepiped

=abc 7 (1 - cos* a - cos* ß – coso y + 2 cos a cos ß cos y).

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157. To find the diagonal of a parallelepiped in terms of the three edges which it meets and their inclinations to one another.

Let the edges be 0A = a, OB=b, OC=c; let the inclinations be BOC = Q, COA = B, AB=y. Let OD be the diag a

required, and let OE be the diagonal of the face OAB. Then

ODP = OE? + ED? + 20E. ED cos COE

= a + 28 + 2ab cos y + + 2O E cos COE.

Describe a sphere with O as centre meeting 04, OB, OC, OE at a, b, c, e respectively; then (see Example 14, Chap. iv.)

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cos a sin a0e + cos ß sin b0e

sin y therefore

2c0E OD2 = + 7% + + 2ab cos

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(cos a sin a0e + cos ß sin b0e),

sin y and OE sin ale = b sin y,

OE sin b0e = a siny; therefore OD' = a* + b + c* + 2ab cos y + 2bc cos a + 2ca cos ß.

158. To find the volume of a tetrahedron.

A tetrahedron is one-sixth of a parallelepiped which has the same altitude and its base double that of the tetrahedron; thus if the edges and their inclinations are given we can take one-sixth of the expression for the volume in Art. 156. The volume of a tetrahedron may also be expressed in terms of its six edges ; for in the figure of Art. 156 let BC =a', C'A=6', AB =c'; then 62 + c* - a's C + a'-3'

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cos ß=
2bc
2ca

2ab and if these values are substituted for cosa, cos B, and cos γ

in the expression obtained in Art. 156, the volume of the tetrahedron will be expressed in terms of its six edges.

The following result will be obtained, in which V denotes the volume of the tetrahedron,

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144 V=- a' ' '
+a%a" (" + c'' – a') + 6*6** (c' + a'? 6) + c*c'? (a"+6– c?)
- a" (a 6) (a® - c*) – 6'* (6o c") (6* – a®) – c" (c– a®) (C – ).
Thus for a regular tetrahedron we have 144 V? = 2ao.

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159. If the vertex of a tetrahedron be supposed to be situated at any point in the plane of its base, the volume vanishes; hence if we equate to zero the expression on the right-hand side of the equation just given, we obtain a relation which must hold among the six straight lines which join four points taken arbitrarily in a plane.

Or we may adopt Carnot's method, in which this relation is established independently, and the expression for the volume of a tetrahedron is deduced from it; this we shall now shew, and we shall add some other investigations which are also given by Carnot.

It will be convenient to alter the notation hitherto used, by interchanging the accented and unaccented letters.

160. To find the relation holding among the six straight lines which join four points taken arbitrarily in a plane.

Let A, B, C, D be the four points. Let AB = C, BC = a, CA=b; also let DA =a', DB=, DC = c'.

If D falls within the triangle ABC, the sum of the angles ADB, BDC, CDA is equal to four right angles ; so that

cos ADB = cos(BDC + CDA). Hence by ordinary transformations we deduce 1 = coso ADB + cosa BDC + cos CDA - 2 cos ADB cos BDC cos CDA.

If D falls without the triangle ABC, one of the three angles at D is equal to the sum of the other two, and the result just given still holds.

+ ]'? - C Now cos ADB =

and the other cosines may be

2a'b' expressed in a similar manner; substitute these values in the

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above result, and we obtain the required relation, which after reduction may be exhibited thus,

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161. To express the volume of a tetrahedron in terms of its six edges.

Let a, b, c be the lengths of the sides of a triangle ABC forming one face of the tetrahedron, which we may call its base; let a', b', c' be the lengths of the straight lines which join A, B, C respectively to the vertex of the tetrahedron. Let p be the length

P of the perpendicular from the vertex on the base; then the lengths of the straight lines drawn from the foot of the perpendicular to A, B, C respectively are „(a? po), 7(b"po), J(c). Hence the relation given in Art. 160 will hold if we put (a" po) instead of a', w (8'2 po) instead of b', and (c" po) instead of c'. We shall thus obtain (2a*b* + 26* c* + 2c* a' - a* 64 –- c*)=- a*b*c* +a'a* (62 + c – a®) + 6'26* (c + ai – b) + c*c* (a* + 6* *) - a* (a6°) (a"c') 62 (6" – c'?) (6* a) c (c" - a") (c"— 6'2).

The coefficient of p in this equation is sixteen times the square of the area of the triangle ABC ; so that the left-hand member is 144 V?, where V denotes the volume of the tetrahe. dron. Hence the required expression is obtained.

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162. To find the relation holding among the six arcs of great circles which join four points taken arbitrarily on the surface of a sphere.

Let A, B, C, D be the four points. Let AB= y, BC = 2, CA=B; let DA = a', DB=B, DC='.

As in Art. 160 we have

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1= cos ADB + cos’BDC + cos2 CDA - 2 cos ADB cos BDC cos CDA.

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Now COS

ADB:
cosy-cos a' cos ß'

and the other cosines

sin a' sin ß' may be expressed in a similar manner; substitute these values in the above result, and we obtain the required relation, which after reduction may be exhibited thus,

1 = cos a + cose B+ cos'y + cos' a' + cos' B' + cos y
coso a cos a'- cosß cos' B' - cos y cos y

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– 2 (cos a cos ß cos y + cos a cos ß' cosa'
+cos ß cos a' cos y' + cos y cos a' cos B')
+ 2 (cos a cos ß cos a' cos ß' + cos ß cos y cos B' cos y
+ cos y cos a cos y' cos a').

163. To find the radius of the sphere circumscribing a tetrahedron.

Denote the edges of the tetrahedron as in Art. 161. Let the sphere be supposed to be circumscribed about the tetrahedron, and draw on the sphere the six arcs of great circles joining the angular points of the tetrahedron. Then the relation given in Art. 162 holds among the cosines of these six arcs.

Let r denote the radius of the sphere. Then

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and the other cosines may be expressed in a similar manner. Substitute these values in the result of Art. 162, and we obtain, after reduction, with the aid of Art. 161, 4 x 144 V 378 =

2a'b'a'b' +26*c+b'C' + 2c'a'c'a' - a*a' - 5'8'4 - c*c'.

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The right-hand member may also be put into factors, as we see by recollecting the mode in which the expression for the area of a triangle is put into factors. Let aa' + bb' + cc' = 20; then

36 Vpp = 0 (0 - aa') (o bb') (o - cc').

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