Euclidean Geometry: A First Course by Mark Solomonovich
English | 2010 | ISBN: 1440153485 | 405 pages | PDF | 4 MB
This textbook is a self-contained presentation of Euclidean Geometry, a subject that has been a core part of school curriculum for centuries. The discussion is rigorous, axiom-based, written in a traditional manner, true to the Euclidean spirit.
Transformations in the Euclidean plane are included as part of the axiomatics and as a tool for solving construction problems. The textbook can be used for teaching a high school or an introductory level college course. It can be especially recommended for schools with enriched mathematical programs and for homeschoolers looking for a rigorous traditional discussion of geometry. The text is supplied with over 1200 questions and problems, ranging from simple to challenging. The solutions sections of the book contain about 200 answers and hints to solutions and over 100 detailed solutions involving proofs and constructions.
More solutions and some supplements for teachers are available in the Instructor's Manual, which is issued as a separate book. Book Reviews: ‘In terms of presentation, this text is more rigorous than any existing high school textbook that I know of. It is based on a system of axioms that describe incidence, postulate a notion of congruence of line segments, and assume the existence of enough rigid motions ("free mobility")... My gut reaction to the book is, wouldn't it be wonderful if American high school students could be exposed to this serious mathematical treatment of elementary geometry, instead of all the junk that is presented to them in existing textbooks.
This book makes no concession to the TV-generation of students who want (or is it the publishers who want it for them?) pretty pictures, side bars, puzzles, games, historical references, cartoons, and all those colored images that clutter the pages of a typical modern textbook, while the mathematical content is diluted more and more with each successive edition.' Professor Robin Hartshorne, University of California at Berkeley. ‘The textbook "Euclidean Geometry" by Mark Solomonovich fills a big gap in the plethora of mathematical textbooks - it provides an exposition of classical geometry with emphasis on logic and rigorous proofs... I would be delighted to see this textbook used in Canadian schools in the framework of an improved geometry curriculum. Until this day comes, I highly recommend "Euclidean Geometry" by Mark Solomonovich to be used in Mathematics Enrichment Programs across Canada and the USA.' Professor Yuly Billig, Carlton University.