Sidebilder
PDF
ePub

II. The pole of a great circle of a sphere is a point in the superficies

of the sphere, from which all straight lines drawn to the circumference of the circle are equal.

III. A spherical angle is an angle on the superficies of a sphere, contain

ed by the arches of two great circles which intersect one another ; and is the same with the inclination of the planes of these great circles.

IV. A spherical triangle is a figure, upon the superficies of a sphere,

comprehended by three arches of three great circles, each of which is less than a semicircle.

PROP. II.

The arch of a great circle, between the pole and the circumference of

another great circle, is a quadrant.

Let ABC be a great circle, and D its pole ; if DC, an arch of a great circle, pass through D, and meet ABC in C, the arch DC is a quadrant.

Let the circle, of which CD is an arch, meet ABC again in A, and let AC be the common section of the planes of these great circles, which will

pass through E, the centre of the sphere : Join DA, DC. Because AD=DC, (Def. 2.), and equal straight lines, in the same circle, cut off equal

AK

E arches, (28. 3.) the arch AD=the

C arch DC; but ADC is a semicircle, therefore the arches AD, DC

B cach of them quadrants. Q. E. D.

are

Cor. 1. If DE be drawn, the angle AED is a right angle ; and DE being therefore at right angles to every line it meets with in the plane of the circle ABC is at right angles to that plane, (4. 2. Sup). Therefore the straight line drawn from the pole of any great circle to the centre of the sphere is at right angles to the plane of that circle ; and, conversely, a straight line drawn from the centre of the sphere perpendicular to the plane of any great circle, meets the superficies of the sphere in the pole of that circle.

Cor. 2. The circle ABC has two poles, one on each side of its plane, which are the extremities of a diameter of the sphere perpendicular to the plane ABC ; and no other points but these two can be poles of the circle ABC.

PROP. III.

If the pole of a great circle be the same with the intersection of other two

great circles; the arch of the first-mentioned circle intercepted between the other two, is the measure of the spherical angle which the same two circles make with one another.

Let the great circles BA, CA on the superficies of a sphere, of which the centre is D, intersect one another in A, and let BC be ån arch of another great circle, of which the pole is A ; BC is the measure of the spherical angle BAC.

Join AD, DB, DC; since A is the pole of BC, AB, AC are quadrants, (2.), and the angles ADB, ADC are right angles ; therefore (4. def. 2 Sup.), the angle CDB is the inclination of the planes of the circles AB, AC, and is (def. 3.) equal to the spherical angle BAC; but the arch' BC measures the angle BDC, therefore it also measures the spherical angle BAC. *Q. E. D.

B В Cor. If two arches of great circles, AB and AC, which intersect one another in A, be each of them quadrants, A will be the pole of the great circle wbich passes through B and C, the extremities of those arches. For since the arches AB and AC are quadrants, the angles ADB, ADC are right angles, and AD is therefore perpendicular to the plane BDC, that is to the plane of the great circle which passes through B and C. The point A is therefore (Cor. 1. 2.) the pole of the great circle which passes tbrough B and C.

D

PROP. VI.

If the planes of two great circles of a sphere be at right angles to one

another, the circumference of each of the circles passes through the poles of the other; and if the circumference of one great circle pass through the poles of another, the planes of these circles are at right angles.

Let ACBD, AEBF be two great circles, the planes of which are at right angles to one another, the poles of the circle AEBF are in the circumference ACBD, and the poles of the circle ACBD in the circumference AEBF.

From G the centre of the sphere, draw GC in the plane ACBD perpendicular to AB. Then, because. GC in the plane ACBD, at

*When in any reference no mention is made of a Book, or of the Plane Trigonome. * ry, the Spherical Trigonometry is meant.

[ocr errors]

IG

right angles to the plane AEBF, is at right angles to the common section of the two planes, it is (Def. 2. 2. Sup.) also at right angles to the plane AEBF, and therefore (Cor. 1. 2.) C is the pole of the circle AEBF; and if CG be

B В produced to D, D is the other pole of the circle AEBF.

In the same manner, by drawing GE in the plane AEBF, perpendicular to AB, and producing it to F, it has shewn that E.and F are the poles of the circle ACBD. Therefore, the poles of each of these circles are in the circumference of the other.

Again, If C be one of the poles of the circle AEBF, the great circle ACBD which passes through C, is at right angles to the circle AEBF. For, CG being drawn from the pole to the centre of the circle AEBF is at right angles (Cor. 1. 2.) to the plane of that circle ; and therefore, every plane passing through CG (17. 2. Sup.) is at right angles to the plane AEBF; now, the plane ACBD passes through CG. Therefore, &c. Q. E. D.

Cor. 1. If of two great circles, the first passes through the poles of the second, the second also passes through the poles of the first. For, if the first passes through the poles of the second, the plane of the first must be at right angles to the plane of the second, by the second part of this proposition ; and therefore, by the first part of it, the circumference of each passes through the poles of the other.

Cor. 2. All great circles that have a common diameter have their poles in the circumference of a circle, the plane of which is perpendicular to that diameter.

PROP. V.
In isosceles spherical triangles the angles at the base are equal.
Let ABC be a spherical triangle, having the side AB equal to the
side AC; the spherical angles ABC and ACB are equal.

Let D be the centre of the sphere; A
join DB, DC, DA, and from A on the
straight lines DB, DC, draw the perpen-
diculars AÈ, AF; and from the points
E and F draw in the plane DBC the
straight lines EG, FG perpendicular to
DB and DC, meeting one another in G :
Join AG.

Because DE is at right angles to each of the straight lines AE, EG, it is at

E B right angles to the plane AEG, which D

li

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

G

passes through AE, EG (4. 2. Sup.); and therefore, every plane that passes through DE is at right angles to the plane AEG (17. 2. Sup.) ; wherefore, the plane DBC is at right angles to the plane AEG. For the same reason, the plane DBC is at right angles to the plane AFG, and therefore AG, the common section of the planes AFG, AEG is at right angles (18. 2. Sup.) to the plane DBC, and the angles AGE, AGF are consequently right angles.

But since the arch AB is equal to the arch AC, the angle ADB is equal to the angle ADC. Therefore the triangles ADE, ADF, have the angles EDA, FDA equal, as also the angles AED, AFD, which are right angles ; and they have the side AD common, therefore the other sides are equal, viz. AE to AF, (26. 1.), and DE to DF. Again, because the angles AGE, AGF are right angles, the squares on AG and GE are equal to the square of AE ; and the squares of AG and GF to the square of AF. But the squares of AE and AF are equal, therefore the squares of AG and GE are equal to the squares of AG and GF, and taking away the common square of AG, the remaining squares of GE and GF are equal, and GE is therefore equal to GF. Wherefore, in the triangles AFG, AEG, the side GF is equal to the side GE, and AF has been proved to be equal to AE, and the base AG is common, therefore, the angle AFG is equal to the angle AEG (8. 1.). But the angle AFG is the angle which the plane ADC makes with the plane DBC (4. def. 2. Sup.) because FA and FG, wbich are drawn in these planes, are at right angles to DF, the common section of the planes. The angle AFG (3. def.) is therefore equal to the spherical angle ACB; and, for the same reason, the angle AEG is equal to the spherical angle ABC. But the angles AFG, AĚG are equal." Therefore the spherical angles ACB, ABC are also equal. Q. E. D.

PROP. VI.

If the angles at the base of a spherical triangle be equal, the triangle is

isosceles.

Let ABC be a spherical triangle having the angles ABC, ACB equal to one another ; the sides AC and AB are also equal.

Let D be the centre of the sphere ; join DB, DC, DA, and from A on the straight lines DB, DC, draw the perpendiculars AE, AF ; and from the points E and F, draw in the plane DBC the straight lines EG, FG perpendicular to DB and DC, meeting one another in G ; join AG.

Then, it may be proved, as was done in the last proposition, that AG is at right angles to the plane BCD, and that therefore the 'angles AGF, AGE are

G right angles, and also that the angles AFG, AEG are equal to the angles

E

B which the planes DAC, DAB make

D

with the plane DBC. But because the spherical angles ACB, ABC are equal, the angles which the planes DAC, DAB make with the plane DBC are equal, (3. def.), and therefore the angles AFG, AEG are also equal. The triangles AGE, AGF have therefore two angles of the one equal to two angles of the other, and they have also the side AG common, wherefore they are equal, and the side AF is equal to the side AE.

Again, because the triangles ADF, ADE are right angled at F and E, the squares of DF and FA are equal to the square of DA, that is, to the squares of DE and DA; now, the square of AF is equal to the square of AE, therefore the square of DF is equal to the square

of DE, and the side DF to the side DE. Therefore, in the triangles DAF, DAE, because DF is equal to DE, and DA common, and also AF equal to AE, the angle ADF is equal to the angle ADE ; therefore also the arches AC and AB, which are the measures of the angles ADF and ADE, are equal to one another; and the triangle ABC is isosceles. Q. E. D.

PROP. VII.

Any two sides of a spherical triangle are greater than the third.

Let ABC be a spherical triangle, any two sides AB, BC are greater than the third side AC. Let D be the centre of the

С sphere ; join DA, DB, DC.

The solid angle at D is contained by three plane angles ADB, ADC, BDC ; any two of which, ADB, BDC are greater (20. 2. Sup.)

D than the third ADC, and therefore

B any two of the arches AB, AC, BC, which measure these angles, as AB and BC, must also be greater

Α. than the third AC. Q. E. D.

PROP. VIII.

The three sides of a spherical triangle are less than the circumference of

a great circle.

Let ABC be a spherical triangle as before, the three sides AB, BC, AC are less than the circumference of a great circle.

Let D be the centre of the sphere : The solid angle at D is contained by three plane angles BDA, BDC, ADC, which together are less than four right angles (21. 2. Sup.) therefore the sides AB, BC, AC, which are the measures of these angles, are together less than four quadrants described with the radius AD, that is, than the circumference of a great circle. Q. E. D.

« ForrigeFortsett »