In this video lecture, Prof. N.J. Wildberger talks about conics via projective geometry.
Conics, such as circles, ellipses, hyperbolas and parabolas, can be defined purely within projective geometry, as realized by the nineteenth century German mathematician Steiner. This is done by using projectivities. There are essentially two dual constructions, one giving a line conic, the other a point conic. We illustrate using The Geometer's Sketchpad, a useful software program for students of geometry.
This video is part of the WildTrig series, which introduces Rational Trigonometry and applies it to many different aspects of geometry.
In this course, Prof. N.J. Wildberger gives 72 video lectures on Rational Trigonometry.
This video series on Rational Trigonometry (RT) and related geometry presents a much needed alternative to the traditional tedious and painful subject of trigonometry, which alienates millions of students each year from mathematics. By dispensing with transcendental notions, circular functions and square roots, this new theory gives simpler, faster and more accurate ways to solve a wide variety of engineering, surveying, physics and geometry problems, essentially only with high school algebra (that's right, calculators or trig tables are not required). RT is also a much more satisfying and logical way to introduce young people to the beauty and elegance of geometry, and teaches them that mathematics should, first and foremost, always make sense. Prepare to depart on a modern adventure, in the spirit of the ancient Greeks! Assoc Prof N J Wildberger is the author of the first book on this subject, 'Divine Proportions: Rational Trigonometry to Universal Geometry'. He is also and innovative and highly regarded teacher in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW.