By Francis Borceux

ISBN-10: 3319017365

ISBN-13: 9783319017365

This e-book provides the classical idea of curves within the aircraft and three-d area, and the classical concept of surfaces in three-d house. It can pay specific awareness to the ancient improvement of the idea and the initial techniques that aid modern geometrical notions. It contains a bankruptcy that lists a really vast scope of airplane curves and their houses. The ebook ways the brink of algebraic topology, offering an built-in presentation absolutely obtainable to undergraduate-level students.

At the top of the seventeenth century, Newton and Leibniz constructed differential calculus, hence making to be had the very wide variety of differentiable capabilities, not only these produced from polynomials. in the course of the 18th century, Euler utilized those principles to set up what's nonetheless at the present time the classical conception of such a lot common curves and surfaces, mostly utilized in engineering. input this attention-grabbing international via extraordinary theorems and a large provide of bizarre examples. achieve the doorways of algebraic topology by means of learning simply how an integer (= the Euler-Poincaré features) linked to a floor supplies loads of attention-grabbing details at the form of the outside. And penetrate the interesting global of Riemannian geometry, the geometry that underlies the speculation of relativity.

The publication is of curiosity to all those that educate classical differential geometry as much as particularly a complicated point. The bankruptcy on Riemannian geometry is of serious curiosity to people who need to “intuitively” introduce scholars to the hugely technical nature of this department of arithmetic, specifically whilst getting ready scholars for classes on relativity.

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What about the tangent, at these points, in the sense of the “definition” above? • In the case of the circle, the expected limit does not exist! Indeed, we observe immediately that lim t→0 t<0 f (t) − f (t0 ) = (−1, 0), f (t) − f (t0 ) lim t→0 t>0 f (t) − f (t0 ) = (1, 0). f (t) − f (t0 ) Both results are different, thus the limit does not exist. • In the case of the two half-circles, the same kind of computation shows at once that g(t) − g(t0 ) lim = (1, 0) t→0 g(t) − g(t0 ) and the limit exists.

13 Skew Curves Let us now switch to the case of skew curves, or space curves, that is: curves in the three dimensional space R3 . The systematic study of skew curves was initiated in 1731 by the French mathematician Clairaut. His idea is to present a skew curve as the intersection of two surfaces, just as a line can be presented as the intersection of two planes. A skew curve is thus described by a system of two equations F (x, y, z) = 0 G(x, y, z) = 0. The tangent line to the skew curve at a given point is then obtained as the intersection of the tangent planes to the surfaces F (x, y, z) = 0, G(x, y, z) = 0 at this same point.

We study the curvature at f (t0 ) and there is no loss of generality in choosing a rectangular system of coordinates with origin f (t0 ) and such that f (t0 ) is oriented along the third axis. Thus f (t0 ) = (0, 0, 0), f (t0 ) = 0, 0, f3 (t0 ) . The normal plane at f (t0 ) is thus the plane with equation z = 0. The normal plane at f (t) admits the equation f1 (t) x − f1 (t) + f2 (t) y − f2 (t) + f3 (t) z − f3 (t) = 0. Its intersection with the plane z = 0 is thus the line with equation f1 (t) x − f1 (t) + f2 (t) y − f2 (t) = f3 (t)f3 (t) in the (x, y)-plane.