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Series of Mathematics,
USED WITH UNEXAMPLED SUCCESS IN THE BEST SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES OF THE COUNTRY.
BRADBURY'S TRIGONOARDMON SCHOOL AND
KEYS OF SOLUTIONS TO
SCHOOL ARITHMETICS, TO ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA, Geom
ETRY, AND TRIGONOMETRY, for the use of Teachers.
Entere according to Art of Congress, in the year 1372,
BY-WILIZAM F. BEADEURY,
in the Office of the Libraiian of Congress, at Washington.
UNIVERSITY PRESS: WELCH, BIGELOW, & Co.,
A LARGE number of the Theorems usually presented in textbooks of Geometry are unimportant in themselves and in no way connected with the subsequent Propositions. By spending too much time on things of little importance, the pupil is frequently unable to advance to those of the highest practical value. In this work, although no important Theorem has been omitted, not one has been introduced that is not necessary to the demonstration of the last Theorem of the five Books, namely, that in relation to the volume of a sphere. Thus the whole constitutes a single Theorem, without an unnecessary link in the chain of reasoning.
These five Books, including Ratio and Proportion, are presented in eighty-one Propositions, covering only seventy pages. This brevity has been attained by omitting all unconnected propositions, and adopting those definitions and demonstrations that lead by the shortest path to the desired end. At the close of each Book are Practical Questions, serving partly as a review, partly as practical applications of the principles of the Book, and partly as suggestions to the teacher. As those who have not had experience in discovering methods of demonstration have but little real acquaintance with Geometry, there have been added to each Book, for those who have the time and the ability, Theorems for original demonstration. These Exercises, with different methods of proving propositions already demon
strated, include those that are usually inserted, but whose demonstration in this work has been omitted. In some of these Exercises references are given to the necessary propositions; in some suggestions are made; and in a few cases the figure is constructed as the proof will require.
A sixth Book of Problems of Construction is added, which is followed by Problems for the pupil to solve. This Book, or any part of it, if thought best, can be taken immediately after completing Book III.
The Trigonometry is accompanied by the necessary Tables and their explanation, and presents in only fifty-two pages all the essential principles of Plane Trigonometry given by both the Geometrical and Analytical methods, and so arranged that either can be studied independently of the other. In fourteen more pages is given the application of these principles to the measurement of heights and distances and the determination of areas.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS., April, 1872.
W. F. B.