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Since writing the preface of the 1st version of this paintings, the gloomy plight there defined of starting collegiate geometry has brightened significantly. The pendulum turns out certainly to be swinging again and a goodly quantity of good textual fabric is showing.

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With this definition, every ordered triple of real numbers has dual meanings: it can be a vector in space or a point in space. We find ourselves in a situation very similar to the one with vectors and points in the plane. Therefore a convention in notation is necessary to distinguish the two points of view. 2 CONVENTION An ordered triple of real numbers may either represent a point or a vector in space. As a point it will be denoted by a capital letter and the coordinates are enclosed in parentheses: As a vector it will be denoted by the lower case bold-faced type of the same letter and the components are enclosed in brackets: a = [al,a2,a3] .

More precisely, given a vector x and a non-zero vector a we wish to write x into x = ta + b where a 1. b . The problem can be solved by elementary algebra in terms of coordinates. Indeed if x = [z, y] and a = [al, a2] '# 0, then the non-zero vector [a2, -al] would be orthogonal to a and parallel to b. The problem at hand is to find scalars t and u such that Le. x = ta + b with b = u[a2, -ad. ---~ Alternatively we may work with vectors and reformulate the problem as follows. Given x and a "# o. It is required to find a scalar t such that x - ta =b is orthogonal a" Taking dot product with a on both sides, we get (x "a) - tea "a) = (b "a) = 0 " Since (a" a) "# 0, we obtain solution to the problem as t = (x" a)/(a "a) and b =x - ta " Graphically the condition that (x-ta) be orthogonal to a means that the scalar multiple ta is the perpendicular projection of x on a.

Let n be a natural number greater than one. Then n vectors are said to be linearly dependent if anyone of them is a linear combination of the other n - 1 vectors. 10 DEFINITION pendent. 8 any five or more vectors R3 are also linearly dependent. Indeed if a, h, e and d are vectors of R3, then the equation ra + sh + te + ud = 0 can be written in terms of components into + bl s + Cl t + dl u = 0 a2r + b2 s + C2t + d 2 u = 0 a3r + b3 s + C3t + d3 u = 0 al r which is a system of three homogeneous linear equations in the four unknowns T, s, t and u.

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