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Although not a history book, there are separate chapters shedding light on the approaches to the subject in the ancient, medieval, and modern times. There are also chapters on spherical geometry, polyhedra, stereographic projection and the art of navigation.
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Be the first to ask a question about Spherical Trigonometry. Lists with This Book. The solution methods listed here are not the only possible choices: many others are possible. In general it is better to choose methods that avoid taking an inverse sine because of the possible ambiguity between an angle and its supplement.
Solving a spherical triangle problem
There is a full discussion in Todhunter. The article Solution of triangles Solving spherical triangles presents variants on these methods with a slightly different notation. There is a full discussion of the solution of oblique triangles in Todhunter  : Chap.
See also the discussion in Ross. Another approach is to split the triangle into two right-angled triangles. Construct the great circle from A that is normal to the side BC at the point D. The angle A and side a follow by addition. Problems and solutions may have to be examined carefully, particularly when writing code to solve an arbitrary triangle.
Consider an N -sided spherical polygon and let A n denote the n -th interior angle.
The area of such a polygon is given by Todhunter,  Art. The quantity E is called the spherical excess of the triangle. This theorem is named after its author, Albert Girard. On a sphere of radius R both of the above area expressions are multiplied by R 2. The definition of the excess is independent of the radius of the sphere. Since the area of a triangle cannot be negative the spherical excess is always positive. In practical applications it is often small: for example the triangles of geodetic survey typically have a spherical excess much less than 1' of arc.
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Rapp  Clarke,  Legendre's theorem on spherical triangles. On the Earth the excess of an equilateral triangle with sides There are many formulae for the excess. For example, Todhunter,  Art. Because some triangles are badly characterized by their edges e.
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An example for a spherical quadrangle bounded by a segment of a great circle, two meridians, and the equator is. This result is obtained from one of Napier's analogies. Angle deficit is defined similarly for hyperbolic geometry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Spherical Geometry and Trigonometry
For triangles in the Euclidean plane with circular-arc sides, see Reuleaux triangle. Main article: Spherical law of cosines. Main article: Spherical law of sines. See also: Solid angle. Spherical Trigonometry 5th ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Available online at Archive. Text-Book on Spherical Astronomy 6th edition. Cambridge University Press. The fourth edition is online at archive. Chapter 1 is on spherical trigonometry with numerical examples. Retrieved 8 April Connaissance des Tems