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Set up and electrotyped. Published September, 1913. Reprinted
Norwood, Mass., U. S. A.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
It is generally conceded that the final aim cf mathematical teaching should be not only the acquisition of practical knowledge, but that training of the student's mind which gives a distinct gain in mental power. In recognition of this principle nearly all college entrance examinations in geometry require some original work, and most text-books devote considerable space to exercises. Comparatively little, however, has been done to introduce the student systematically to original geometrical work. No teacher of physics or chemistry would ask a student to discover a law without so guiding his work as to enable him to reach the desired result; many text-books and teachers expect the pupil to invent geometrical proofs and to solve problems, entirely new to him, without offering any assistance further than a knowledge of the well-established theorems of all text-books. Some writers give a description of the analysis of propositions, which is entirely logical and of great advantage to a person of some mathematical knowledge, but which is usually too abstract to be of any practical value to the beginner. In this book the attempt is made to introduce the student systematically to the solution of geometrical exercises. In the beginning the exercises given in a certain group are of similar kind and related to che preceding proposition; later some general principles are developed which are of fundamental importance for original work, as, for example, the method of proving the equality of lines by means of equal triangles; the method of proving the proportionality of lines by means of similar triangles, etc.; and finally
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
the analyses of theorems and problems are introduced, but in a more concrete form than usual.
The propositions are arranged with the view to obtaining a perfect logical and pedagogical order. An unusually large number of exercises is given, selected with care for the purpose of securing increased mental power.
The general plan and the preparation of the greater part of the book are the work of Dr. Schultze, while that of Dr. Sevenoak has been chiefly editorial.
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
The main purpose of the revision of this book has been to emphasize still further and to elaborate in greater detail the principal aim of the original edition, viz., to introduce the student systematically to original geometric work. To make the teaching of geometry both disciplinary and informational; to give to the student mental training instead of teaching him mere facts; to develop his power instead of making him memorize, these are the fundamental aims of this book.
The means employed for this purpose are similar to those used in the first edition. Still greater emphasis, however, has been placed upon the general methods which may be used for the solution of original exercises. The grading and the selection of exercises have been carefully revised. All originals that appeared unfit or too difficult have been eliminated or replaced by simpler and better ones. Topics of fundamental importance, e.g. the methods of demonstrating the equality of lines, are represented in greater detail and illustrated by a greater number of exercises than in the first edition.
In addition to these fundamental tendencies, a number of minor improvements have been introduced, among which may be mentioned :
Improved presentation of the regular propositions. Many proofs have been simplified, a more pedagogic sequence of the propositions of Book I has been adopted, Books VI and VII have been considerably simplified, and a number of difficult theorems of minor importance have been omitted or placed in the appendix.
Simplification of the so-called “incommensurable case.” As this is a claim that is made by most text-books, it may be received with some degree of skepticism, but a repeated trial of this new method will reveal its simplicity. For the more conservative teacher, however, who dislikes fundamental changes, the time-honored method is given in the appendix.
The introduction of many applied problems. These problems have been selected and arranged so as to increase the interest of the student, without sacrificing in the least the disciplinary value of the subject. Many such problems are given in the appendix.
The arrangement of the propositions and the terminology are in accord with the best modern usage. Thus, statements and reasons have been separated and placed in parallel vertical columns; the term "congruent" and the corresponding symbol are introduced and applied consistently, etc.
Many of the diagrams have been improved. The construction lines are drawn completely for most problems, graphical modes are employed for pointing out important facts, and many diagrams have been otherwise improved.
Thanks are due to Dr. J. Kahn and Mr. W. S. Schlauch for assistance in reading the proof and for helpful suggestions.
August 1, 1913.