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June 27, 2017
Preserving angle and orientation, new programs
Notes in Mathematics
A Cheenta Newsletter
I hope you are doing well.
First, let me congratulate all students from India and abroad who did exceptionally well in contests like I.S.I. and C.M.I. Entrance, Math Olympiads, and other science olympiads. Among our students, Aniruddha, Sambudda, and Mary deserve a special mention.
Today I wish to discuss a small and simple idea: preserving angle and orientation. This notion, apart from being an interesting mathematical topic, is also an exceptionally useful tool for physicists and chemists.
Preserving Angle and Orientation
Imagine a map from F: (that is mapping x-y plane to x-y plane). There are a couple of ways of visualizing this. You may think about points moving on the same plane. Alternatively, you may also think of three-dimensional space, where input (x, y) is mapped to (z, w) with w suppressed.
No matter how you visualize it, some information will be lost in the picture, as ideally to imagine such a map we will need four dimensions.
Now think about two curves intersecting in the domain plane.
We wish to know what happens to these two curves after the x-y plane (domain plane) is acted upon by the function F.
One interesting question is this: what happens to the angle between the two curves? (How to measure the angle between two curves? Draw tangents at the point of intersection, if possible, and then measure the angle between them. Of course, this necessitates the curves to be smooth).
What if we want the angle to be preserved even after the map F acts on the x-y plane. That is no matter how the two curves are crumpled after the transformation, the angle at which they intersect each other is preserved under the map F.
Also what if we wish to 'preserve' orientation (that is the order of the tangent lines at the point of intersection).
Turns out F has to be very very special in order to preserve both the angle and orientation. One way to study these type of functions is to understand how complex numbers work. Turns out these special functions are precisely those which are complex differentiable at every point in the domain (in more formal terms, at least locally analytic. Caution: the notions of complex differentiability at every point is a bit more stringent than locally analyticity).
This beautiful idea will be tackled partially in the complex analysis course conducted at Cheenta College Program. Even high school and middle school students may enjoy the beauty of this topic.
Cheenta has recently launched a few new programs. We remain focused at our core principle: outstanding problem-oriented courses for brilliant students. Visit https://www.cheenta.com/academy/ for more information.
The Thousand Flower program for class 1 through 6 students is a futuristic program that makes students ready for rigorous Olympiad programs later. We emphasize on creativity and imagination instead of memorizing and parroting.
Physics and Informatics Olympiad are new additions to our Olympiad Programs. The key idea is to develop problem-solving skills so that brilliant students may reach far beyond regular school curriculum