By Francis Borceux

This is a unified remedy of a number of the algebraic methods to geometric areas. The learn of algebraic curves within the complicated projective aircraft is the normal hyperlink among linear geometry at an undergraduate point and algebraic geometry at a graduate point, and it's also an immense subject in geometric functions, similar to cryptography.

380 years in the past, the paintings of Fermat and Descartes led us to review geometric difficulties utilizing coordinates and equations. this present day, this is often the most well-liked means of dealing with geometrical difficulties. Linear algebra offers a good software for learning all of the first measure (lines, planes) and moment measure (ellipses, hyperboloids) geometric figures, within the affine, the Euclidean, the Hermitian and the projective contexts. yet fresh functions of arithmetic, like cryptography, desire those notions not just in actual or complicated instances, but additionally in additional basic settings, like in areas developed on finite fields. and naturally, why now not additionally flip our recognition to geometric figures of upper levels? in addition to all of the linear points of geometry of their such a lot normal environment, this ebook additionally describes valuable algebraic instruments for learning curves of arbitrary measure and investigates effects as complex because the Bezout theorem, the Cramer paradox, topological crew of a cubic, rational curves etc.

Hence the publication is of curiosity for all those that need to train or learn linear geometry: affine, Euclidean, Hermitian, projective; it's also of serious curiosity to those that do not need to limit themselves to the undergraduate point of geometric figures of measure one or two.

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1, Fermat proved that the equations of degree 2 in the plane correspond exactly to the conics: the sections of a circular cone by a plane. The importance of these curves justifies the devotion of a section to them. However, instead of going back to Fermat’s arguments, we shall use the general theory which will be developed in subsequent chapters of this book. 2 tells us that, given an equation of degree 2 in an arbitrary system of Cartesian coordinates of the plane, there exists a rectangular system of coordinates with respect to which the equation transforms into one of the three forms ax 2 + by 2 = 0, ax 2 + by 2 = 1 ax 2 = y, where a, b ∈ R.

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). The coordinates of F and F thus have the form F = (−k, 0). F = (k, 0), The distances from an arbitrary point P = (x, y) to F and F are thus d(P , F ) = (x − k)2 + y 2 , d P,F = (x + k)2 + y 2 . The equation of the curve characterized by d(P , F ) − d P , F = 2R is thus (x − k)2 + y 2 − (x + k)2 + y 2 = 2R.

6 In a rectangular system of coordinates in the plane, determine all the hyperbolas admitting the focus F = (0, 0) and the vertex V = (1, 1). 7 A hyperbola has one of its foci at ( 2, 0) and its vertex at (2 3, 0). Give its equation in the canonical basis. 8 A parabola admits the point (2, 0) as focus and the line x = −2 as directrix. Give its Cartesian equation. 9 Give the equation of the locus of those points whose distance to the y-axis is twice the distance to the point (3, 0). What is this curve?