SPHERICAL TRIGONOMETRY. DEFINITIONS. I. THE pole of a circle of the sphere is a point in the superficies of the sphere, from which all straight lines drawn to the circumference of the circle are equal. II. A great circle of the sphere is any whose plane passes through the centre of the sphere, and whose centre therefore is the same with that of the sphere. III. A spherical angle is that which on the superficies of a sphere is contained by two arches of great circles, 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. I. Great circles bisect one another. As they have a common centre, their common section will be a diameter of each which will bisect them. PROP. II. FIG. 1. 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 great 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 DE, DA, DC: By def. 1. DA, DC are equal, and AE, EC are also equal, and DE is common; therefore (8. 1.) the angles DEA, DEC are equal: wherefore the arches DA, DC are equal, and since ADC is a semicircle, therefore each of the arches AD, DC is a quadrant. Q.E.D. PROP. III. FIG. 2. If a great circle be described meeting two great circles AB, AC passing through its pole A in B, C, the angle at the centre of the sphere upon the circumference BC, is the same with the spherical angle BAC; and the arch BC, is called the measure of the spherical angle BAC. Let the planes of the great circles AB, AC intersect one another in the straight line AD, passing through D their common centre; join DB, DC. Since A is the pole of BC, AB and AC are quadrants, (1. def.,) and the angles ADB, ADC are right angles; therefore (6. def. 11.) the angle CDB is the inclination of the planes of the circles AB, AC, and is the same (def. 3.) with the spherical angle BAC. Q. E. D. COR. If through the point A, two quadrants AB, AC, be drawn, the point A will be the pole of the great circle BC, passing through their extremities B, C. Join AC, and draw AE, a straight line to any other point E, in BC; join DE: Since AC, AB are quadrants, the angles ADB, ADC are right angles, and AD is therefore perpendicular to the plane of the great circle that passes through B and C; therefore the angle ĂDE is a right angle, and AD, DC are equal to AD, DE, each to each: therefore AE, AC are equal, and A is the pole of BC, by def. 1. Q. E. D. PROP. IV. FIG. 3. In isosceles spherical triangles, the angles at the base are equal. Let ABC be an isosceles triangle, having the side AC equal to the side CB; the spherical angles BAC, ABC at the base AB, are equal. Let D be the centre of the sphere, and join DA, DB, DC; in DA take any point E, from which draw, in the plane ADC, the straight line EF at right angles to ED, meeting CD in F, and draw, in the plane ADB, EG at right angles to the same ED; therefore the rectilineal angle FEG is (6. def. 11.) the inclination of the planes ADC, ADB, and therefore is the same with the spherical angle BAC: From F draw FH perpendicular to DB, and from H draw, in the plane ADB, the straight line HG at right angles to HD, meeting EG in G, and join GF. Because DE is at right angles to EF and EG, it is perpendicular to the plane FEG, (4. 11,) and therefore the plane FEG is perpendicular to the plane ADB, in which DE is, (18. 11.) In the same manner, the plane FHG is perpendicular to the plane ADB; and therefore GF the common section of the planes FEG, FHG is perpendicular to the plane ADB, (19. 11.); and because the angle FHG is the inclination of the planes BDC, BDA, it is the same with the spherical angle ABC; and the sides AC, CB of the spherical triangle being equal, the angles EDF, HDF, which stand upon them at the centre of the sphere, are equal; and in the triangles EDF, HDF, the side DF is common, and the angles DEF, DHF are right angles, therefore EF, FH are equal; and in the triangles FEG, FHG the side GF is common, and the sides EG, GH will be equal by the 47. 1, and therefore the angle FEG is equal to FHG, (8. 1.); that is, the spherical angle BAC is equal to the spherical angle ABC. Q. E. D. PROP. V. FIG. 3. If, in a spherical triangle ABC, two of the angles BAC, ABC, are equal, the sides BC, AC opposite to them are equal. Read the construction and demonstration of the preceding proposition, unto the words, "and the sides AC, CB," &c. and the rest of the demonstration will be as follows, viz. And the spherical angles BAC, ABC, being equal, the rectilineal angles FEG, FHG, which are the same with them, are equal; and in the triangles FGE, FGH the angles at G are right angles, and the side FG opposite to two of the equal angles is common; therefore (26.1.) EF is equal to FH: And in the right angled triangles DEF, DHF, the side DF is common; wherefore (47. 1.) ED is equal to DH, and the angles EDF, HDF are therefore equal, (4. 1.) and consequently the sides AC, BC of the spherical triangle are equal. Q. E. D. PROP. VI. FIG. 4. Any two sides of a spherical triangle are together greater than the third. Let ABC be a spherical triangle, any two sides AB, BC are greater than the third side AČ. Let D be the centre of the 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 ar greater, by 20. 11, than the third ADC; and therefore any two of the arches AB, AC, BC, which measure these angles, as the two sides AB, BC, of the spherical triangle ABC, must also be greater than the third AC. Q. E. D. PROP. VII. FIG. 4. The three sides of a spherical triangle are together less than the circumference of a great circle. Let ABC be a spherical triangle as before, the three sides AB, BC, AC are together 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. 11.); therefore the arches AB, BC, AC, which are the measures of these angles, are together less than four quadrants, that is, less than the whole circumference. Q. E. D. PROP. VIII. FIG. 5. In a spherical triangle the greater angle is opposite to the greater side; and conversely. Let ABC be a spherical triangle, the greater angle A is opposed to the greater side BC. Let the angle BAD be made equal to the angle B, and then BD, DA will be equal (5. of this,) and therefore AD, DC are equal to BC; but AD, DC are greater than AC, (6. of this); therefore BC is greater than AC, that is, the greater angle A is opposite to the greater side BC. The converse is demonstrated as Prop. 19. 1. El. Q. E. D. PROP. IX. FIG. 6. In any spherical triangle ABC, if the sum of the sides, AB, BC, be greater, equal, or less than a semicircle, the internal angle at the base AC will be greater, equal, or less, than the external or opposite BCD; and therefore the sum of the angles A and ACB will be greater, equal, or less, than two right angles. Let AC, AB produced meet in D. 1. If AB, BC be equal to a semicircle, that is, to AD, then BC will be equal to BD; therefore (4. of this) the angle D, or the angle A will be equal to the angle BCD. 2. If AB, BC together be greater than a semicircle, that is, greater than ABD, then BC will be greater than BD; and therefore (8. of this) the angle D, that is, the angle A, is greater than the angle BCD. 3. In the same manner, it is shown, if AB, BC together be less than a semicircle, that the angle A is less than the angle BCD. And since the angles BCD, BCA are equal to two right angles, if the angle A be greater than BCD, A and ACB together will be greater than two right angles. If A be equal to BCD, A and ACB together will be equal to two right angles; and if A be less than BCD, A and ACB together will be less than two right angles. Q. E. D. PROP. X. FIG. 7. If the angular points, A, B, C of the spherical triangle ABC be the poles of three great circles, these great circles by their intersections will form another triangle FDE, which is called supplemental to the former; that is, the sides FD, DE, EF are the supplements of the measures of the opposite angles C, B, A, of the triangle ABC, and the measures of the angles F, D, E of the triangle FDE, will be the supplements of the sides AC, BC, BA, in the triangle ABC. |