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The following articles may be omitted, or deferred till the second reading of the book.

Art. 46, 47, 63 to 66, 75, latter part of 86 beginning at line 10, page 37, 88 to the end of Plane Trigonometry. Spherical Trigonometry, art. 50 to 57, 59 to 97, 103 to 120, 127, Ex. 4, page 119.

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TRIGONOMETRY is a branch of the general science of geometry. It treats of the properties and relations of certain straight lines described in and about a circle, and also teaches to compute the dimensions of the sides and angles of any triangle. It supplies fundamental rules for ascertaining the distances and altitudes of objects both terrestrial and celestial. Without the aid of this science, the form and magnitude of the earth, and the magnitudes, distances, motions, and eclipses of the heavenly bodies would be utterly unknown. In geography, navigation, astronomy, and the military art, its assistance is absolutely necessary. By its unerring rules we are able to determine the latitudes and longitudes of places upon the surface of the earth, and the varying positions and appearances of the heavenly bodies; to survey countries, and to travel by sea or land to any part of the world, that is accessible to the adventurous spirit of curiosity or avarice.

One main object of the publisher is to furnish a treatise of trigonometry, plane and spherical, of a middle size between the concise elementary tracts containing the definitions and a few theorems barely necessary to the solution of the common cases of triangles, and the larger and more comprehensive works, designed for the use of mathematicians, or of students who have time, ability, and inclination to enter deeply into such curious and difficult speculations.

This treatise is the production of different authors of approved merit, whose shares may be nearly assigned as follows. Some articles have been supplied by Legendre, Horsley, and Lacroix, which, as they are not numerous, need not be specified.

Plane trigonometry consists mostly of the lectures of an eminent mathematician, W. Ludlam, A. M., formerly a fellow and tutor of St. John's college, Cambridge. These, with

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