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To examine the properties of vector spaces, matrices and groups. However, at this stage we will draw our illustrative and test examples from earlier sections of this chapter and other topics in elementary algebra and number theory. 1 have already shown the way in which an inductive proof is carried through. They also indicated the main limitation of the method, namely that only an initially supposed result can be proved. Thus the method of induction is of no use for deducing a previously unknown result; a putative equation or result has to be arrived at by some other means, usually by noticing patterns or by trial and error using simple values of the variables involved.

38) the coefficients of x2 and y 2 are equal and that of xy is zero; this property is not changed by any reorientation or scaling and so acts to identify a general conic as a circle. Definitions of the conic sections in terms of geometrical properties are also available; for example, a parabola can be defined as the locus of a point that is always at the same distance from a given straight line (the directrix) as it is from a given point (the focus). When these properties are expressed in Cartesian coordinates the above equations are obtained.

3 Double- and half-angle identities Double-angle and half-angle identities are needed so often in practical calculations that they should be committed to memory by any physical scientist. 19). 30) = 1 − 2 sin2 θ, 2 tan θ . 31) tan 2θ = 1 − tan2 θ A further set of identities enables sinusoidal functions of θ to be expressed in terms of polynomial functions of a variable t = tan(θ/2). They are not used in their primary role until the next chapter, but we give a derivation of them here for reference.

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