By Francis Borceux

It is a unified remedy of a number of the algebraic methods to geometric areas. The research of algebraic curves within the complicated projective airplane is the normal hyperlink among linear geometry at an undergraduate point and algebraic geometry at a graduate point, and it's also an enormous subject in geometric purposes, similar to cryptography.

380 years in the past, the paintings of Fermat and Descartes led us to review geometric difficulties utilizing coordinates and equations. at the present time, this can be the preferred manner of dealing with geometrical difficulties. Linear algebra offers a good software for learning the entire first measure (lines, planes) and moment measure (ellipses, hyperboloids) geometric figures, within the affine, the Euclidean, the Hermitian and the projective contexts. yet fresh purposes of arithmetic, like cryptography, want those notions not just in actual or complicated instances, but in addition in additional normal settings, like in areas built on finite fields. and naturally, why no longer additionally flip our realization to geometric figures of upper levels? in addition to the entire linear facets of geometry of their so much common environment, this e-book additionally describes necessary algebraic instruments for learning curves of arbitrary measure and investigates effects as complicated because the Bezout theorem, the Cramer paradox, topological staff of a cubic, rational curves etc.

Hence the e-book is of curiosity for all those that need to educate or research linear geometry: affine, Euclidean, Hermitian, projective; it's also of serious curiosity to people who do not need to limit themselves to the undergraduate point of geometric figures of measure one or .

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Plane geometry is the study of the plane and the use of Cartesian coordinates allows us to put the set of points of the plane in bijective correspondence with the set of all pairs of real numbers. So—roughly speaking—plane geometry reduces to the study of the geometry of R2 . But R2 is a real vector space, thus the full strength of linear algebra can be used to study plane geometry. This constitutes the basic principle of what is called today linear geometry. While all of this is true, in R2 there is a privileged point, namely, the origin O = (0, 0) and there are also two privileged axes, namely, the x and y axes.

Proof Of course this time, we must choose F ̸= F ′ : otherwise d(P , F ) = d(P , F ′ ) and the difference is 0, for every point of the plane. So we choose F ̸= F ′ at a distance 2k and we write again |d(P , F )−d(P , F ′ )| = 2R. This time, for the problem to make sense, the “triangular inequality” requires that 2k > 2R. Let us work in the rectangular system of coordinates whose first axis is the line through F and F ′ , while the second axis is the mediatrix of the segment F F ′ (see Fig. 25).

A circle with center (c, 0) has the equation (x − c)2 + y 2 = k; putting x = 1, y = 1 in this equation we find the value of k such that the circle passes through (1, 1), yielding (x − c)2 + y 2 = (1 − c)2 + 1. 9 The Tangent to a Curve 25 Fig. 20 Extracting y 2 from this equation and introducing this value into the equation of the given curve yields 3x 2 + (1 − c)2 + 1 − (x − c)2 = 4 that is x 2 + cx − (c + 1) = 0. The points of intersection of the curve and the circle thus have a first coordinate which is a root of this equation of the second degree in x.

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