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Graphics, applied to Arithmetic, Mensuration, ana Statics

Nature volume 78, pages 45 (07 May 1908) | Download Citation



THIS work forms a valuable addition to the text-books on an important branch of mathematics, and, coming from a past student of Prof. Henrici, is especially welcome. Within the limits imposed by the author, the subject of graphics is very fully and ably treated. The first chapter, on graphical arithmetic, gives, at perhaps undue length, the geometrical constructions corresponding to the ordinary arithmetical processes, with the employment of scales and squared paper, and is followed by a very useful chapter on the graphical mensuration of plane figures. Vectors are then introduced, with examples of displacement, velocity, and acceleration vectors, and problems on mass centres—altogether a very interesting section. Experimental work is done in connection with concurrent forces in chapter iv., and in verification of the properties of the link polygon and the equilibrium of a general system of coplanar forces in chapter v.

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