HONORARY MEMBER OF THE PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, AUTHOR OF THEORY OF BRIDGES, JOINT AUTHOR OF NAUTICAL TABLES, AUTHOR OF THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL MECHANICS, AND AUTHOR OF PLANE TRIGONOMETRY. A A 8·120 LONDON: JOHN WEALE, 59, HIGH HOLBORN. 1849. 100, 3, for ac (+) read ac sin ( + Q). 102, Fig. 2, for C read D; and for D read C. 103, Line 5 from bottom, for ccos ß read ccos y. LIOTHEQUE CANTONAL LAUSANNE UNIVERSITAIRE PREFACE. In the compilation of this work, the most esteemed writers, both English and foreign, have been consulted, but those most used are De Fourcy and Legendre. Napier's Circular Parts have been treated in a manner somewhat different to most modern writers. The terms conjunct and adjunct, used by Kelly and others, are here retained, as they appear to be more conformable to the practical views of Napier himself. There are many other parts connected with Spherics that might be treated of, but which are not adapted to a Rudimentary Treatise like the present; those, however, who wish to see all the higher departments fully developed, must consult the writings of that distinguished mathematician, Professor Davies, of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Hutton's Course, the Ladies' and Gentleman's Diaries, (latterly comprised in one), Leybourne's Repository, the Mechanics' Magazine, and various other periodicals, teem with the productions of his fertile mind, both on this and other kindred subjects. SPHERICS. PRELIMINARY CHAPTER. 1. A SPHERE is a solid determined by a surface of which all the points are equally distant from an interior point, which is called the centre of the sphere. 2. Every section of a sphere made by a plane cutting it is the arc of a circle. Let O be the centre of the sphere, APBA a section made by a plane passing through it, draw F OC to the cutting plane, and produce it both ways to D and E, and draw the radii of the sphere OA, OP. Now, since OCP and OCA are right angles, OA2 — OC2 = AC2, and OP2 Oc2 = B N M E D A PC2, but OA2 = OP2; .. AC2 = PC2 or AC PC; hence the section APBA is a circle. If the cutting plane pass through the centre, the radius of the section is evidently equal to the radius of the sphere, and such a section is called a great circle of the sphere. 3. The poles of any circle are the two extremities of that diameter or axis of the sphere which is perpendicular to the plane of that circle; and therefore either pole of any circle is equidistant from every part of its circumference, and, if it be a great circle, its pole is 90° from the circumference. spherical triangle is the portion of space comprised between three arcs of intersecting great circles. A 4. The angles of a spherical triangle are those on the surface of the sphere contained by the arcs of the great circles which form the sides, and are the same as the inclinations of the planes of those great circles to one another. 5. Any two sides of a spherical triangle are greater than the third side. B |