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It will be perceived that the rules in general are not systematically detached from the demonstrations; this, the student whose object is real knowledge, will not consider as a defect. in method, because it may frequently prove the means of enforcing the study of principles. A more commodious arrangement might therefore have been adopted for those who wish to acquire the practice of arithmetic only. That examples however, may not be wanting, we have added a great variety in the different rules, beginning with Vulgar Fractions. See from p. 125 to p. 159.
Euclid's Elements of Geometry, in the most concise form, generally make a separate work, and are therefore too extensive to be admitted at length in a volume of this kind. But we have endeavoured to give all the theorems necessary for the two most useful practical branches, Trigonometry and Mensuration the latter however, is supposed to include such figures only as depend on right-lines and the circle. And with a view to facilitate the transition from theory to practice, when ratios or proportions are concerned, we have sometimes abridged the demonstrations by referring to analogous operations in the arithmetic. This may be deemed ungeometrical: but it ought to be remembered, that many who study Euclid do not wholly comprehend the doctrine of proportion as it is laid down in the fifth Book, without tracing the methods of demonstration by means of an arithmetical, or algebraic process.
Under Surveying the reader is not to expect the methods of plotting and measuring estates; but only such trigonometrical problems as are generally applicable to surveying. This part however, with the articles on Heights and Distances, are principally intended as introductory to the construction of military maps and plans. And to complete, or rather to render the Trigonometry independent, a table of logarithms sufficiently extensive for common practice is subjoined.
The subjects which compose this volume have so frequently been handled at full length in separate publications, that new principles cannot be expected in a work which may be considered as an abridgement, or compilation. What originality it is therefore entitled to, must principally consist in the arrangement. Most of the examples however, in the application of Trigonometry were selected from actual operations during the summer months in the field. And the practical questions and problems in the other parts of the volume, which are adapted to military concerns, have been furnished from the author's manuscript papers that from time to time were drawn up for the use and instruction of the Officers in the Senior Department of the College.
This edition is much more correct than the former: and several improvements and additions will be found in both the Arithmetic and Geometry.
CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
Reduction of Vulgar Fractions .....
To find the least Common Multiple of two or more Numbers
Subtraction of Vulgar Fractions
Multiplication of Vulgar Fractions
Addition and Subtraction of Decimals
Of the equality of Parallelograms and Triangles
PROBLEMS with the Methods of tracing the Figures on the Ground.. 236
Of measuring angles with the Protractor, Line of Chords, and Sector 241
Problem in Castrametation
Methods of determining distances by means of similar Triangles traced
Of computing the Sines, Cosines, &c.
Of the Table of Logarithmic Sines and Tangents
Of the Logarithmic or Gunter's Scale on the Sector
Resolution of the Cases in Trigonometry
Method of determining the Error in angles of elevation or de-
pression when taken with a Theodolite
Problem relative to the march of Cavalry en echellon
Of right-lined plane Figures ...
Ratio of the diameter to the circumference
Additional Examples in Practical Geometry, Trigonometry, and
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