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JUR -5 1915
June 12, 1929
COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY
EDWARD RUTLEDGE ROBBINS.
ROBBINS'S NEW PLANE GEOMETRY.
W. P. I
FOR THOSE WHOSE PRIVILEGE
IT MAY BE TO ACQUIRE A KNOWLEDGE OF
THIS VOLUME HAS BEEN WRITTEN
AND TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS WHO LEARN THE ANCIENT SCIENCE
This New Plane Geometry is not only the outgrowth of the author's long experience in teaching geometry, but has profited further by suggestions from teachers who have used Robbins's “Plane Geometry” and by many of the recommendations of the “National Committee of Fifteen." While many new and valuable features have been added in the reconstruction, yet all the characteristics that met with widespread favor in the old book have been retained.
Among the features of the book that make it sound and teachable may be mentioned the following:
1. The book has been written for the pupil. The objects sought in the study of Geometry are (1) to train the mind to accept only those statements as truth for which convincing reasons can be provided, and (2) to cultivate a foresight that will appreciate both the purpose in making a statement and the process of reasoning by which the ultimate truth is established. Thus, the study of this formal science should develop in the pupil the ability to pursue argument coherently, and to establish geometric truths in logical order. To meet the requirements of the various degrees of intellectual capacity and maturity in every class, the reason for every statement is not printed in full but is indicated by a reference. The pupil who knows the reason need not consult the paragraph cited; while the pupil who does not know it may learn it by the reference. It is obvious that the greater progress an individual makes in assimilating the subject and in entering into its spirit, the less need there will be for the printed reference.
2. Every effort has been made to stimulate the mental activity of the pupil. To compel a young student, however, to supply his