The Geometry of Vectors in the Plane

  • Thomas Banchoff
  • John Wermer
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

Many of the familiar theorems of plane geometry appear in a new light when we rephrase them in the language of vectors. This is particularly true for theorems which are usually expressed in the language of analytic or coordinate geometry, because vector notation enables us to use a single symbol to refer to a pair of numbers which gives the coordinates of a point. Not only does this give us convenient notations for expressing important results, but it also allows us to concentrate on algebraic properties of vectors, and these enable us to apply the techniques used in plane geometry to study problems in space, in higher dimensions, and also in situations from calculus and differential equations which at first have little resemblance to plane geometry. Thus, we begin our study of linear algebra with the study of the geometry of vectors in the plane.

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Banchoff
    • 1
  • John Wermer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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