analytic geometry


: the study of geometric properties by means of algebraic operations upon symbols defined in terms of a coordinate system

called also coordinate geometry

Examples of analytic geometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an appendix to his major 1637 treatise, Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences, Descartes introduced a version of analytic geometry, in which algebra is used to solve geometric problems. Peter Schumer, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 High school mathematics adds up Once Johnson completed the standard mathematics curriculum at West Virginia State College, Claytor created advanced classes just for her, including a course on analytic geometry. Della Dumbaugh, The Conversation, 26 Feb. 2020 Several disciplines comprised the 18 new courses with the biggest subject being mathematics, as six classes were added, including honors calculus, analytic geometry and honors statistics. Andrew J. Campa,, 21 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Analytic geometry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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