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There are many technical and renowned debts, either in Russian and in different languages, of the non-Euclidean geometry of Lobachevsky and Bolyai, some of that are indexed within the Bibliography. This geometry, also referred to as hyperbolic geometry, is a part of the necessary material of many arithmetic departments in universities and academics' colleges-a reflec tion of the view that familiarity with the weather of hyperbolic geometry is an invaluable a part of the history of destiny highschool lecturers. a lot awareness is paid to hyperbolic geometry by means of institution arithmetic golf equipment. a few mathematicians and educators focused on reform of the highschool curriculum think that the necessary a part of the curriculum should still comprise parts of hyperbolic geometry, and that the not obligatory a part of the curriculum should still comprise a subject matter relating to hyperbolic geometry. I The vast curiosity in hyperbolic geometry isn't a surprise. This curiosity has little to do with mathematical and clinical functions of hyperbolic geometry, because the purposes (for example, within the conception of automorphic features) are quite really good, and usually are encountered via only a few of the numerous scholars who carefully research (and then current to examiners) the definition of parallels in hyperbolic geometry and the distinctive beneficial properties of configurations of strains within the hyperbolic aircraft. The important cause of the curiosity in hyperbolic geometry is the real truth of "non-uniqueness" of geometry; of the life of many geometric systems.

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Distance between points and angle between lines 35 Figure 26 the shear (la), it follows that A'P _ OP'v+AP _ OP I AP AP - AP -v + . , M'Q=OQ-v+MQ. Thus the shear takes every point M on I to a point M' on I'. Briefly, the shear takes the line I onto the line I'. Let II be a line parallel to I and not passing through 0 (Fig. 26). Let d be the common (Euclidean) length of the vertical segments AA I , BB I , CC I, ... ). Hence the segments AAI = BBI = ... = d are mapped onto the segments A'Ai,B'B;, ...

12") 31 2. What is mechanics? Thus, for example, in Euclidean geometry there are no special directions, in three-dimensional Galilean geometry with the motions (12') the z-axis is special in the sense that its direction is unchanged by the motions (12'), and in three-dimensional semi-Galilean geometry with the motions (12") the z-axis and the Oyz plane are special. The geometry with the motions (12") is the closest three-dimensional analogue of Galilean geometry. Decompose the motions (12") into "elementary" motions [in a manner suggested by the decomposition of the motions (12) into the elementary motions (15a-c)].

Distance and Angle; Triangles and Quadrilaterals o Figure 35 If the lines I and 1\ are parallel, then by formula (8) the angle 811 between them is zero. In that case, we can define the distance dll betwee~ the (parallel) lines I and 1\ as the (special) length of the directed I segment MMI between I and II belonging to a special line (the special line is arbitrary; cf. Fig. 35). This definition makes sense because the motions (1) map special lines onto special lines. If the equations ofthe lines I and II are y=kx+s andy=kx+s l , then clearly Idill =s\ -s·1 (9) This formula is also far simpler than the corresponding formula (4) in Euclidean geometry.