Geometric transformation

A geometric transformation is any bijection of a set having some geometric structure to itself or another such set. Specifically, "A geometric transformation is a function whose domain and range are sets of points. Most often the domain and range of a geometric transformation are both R2 or both R3. Often geometric transformations are required to be 1-1 functions, so that they have inverses." [1] The study of geometry may be approached via the study of these transformations.[2]

Geometric transformations can be classified by the dimension of their operand sets (thus distinguishing between planar transformations and those of space, for example). They can also be classified according to the properties they preserve:

Each of these classes contains the previous one.[4]

  • Diffeomorphisms (bidifferentiable transformations) are the transformations that are affine in the first order; they contain the preceding ones as special cases, and can be further refined.[5]
  • Conformal transformations, preserving angles, are, in the first order, similarities.
  • equiareal transformations, preserve areas in the planar case or volumes in the three dimensional case.[6] and are, in the first order, affine transformations of determinant 1.
  • Homeomorphisms (bicontinuous transformations), preserve the neighborhoods of points.

Transformations of the same type form groups that may be sub-groups of other transformation groups.

See also


  1. Zalman Usiskin, Anthony L. Peressini, Elena MarchisottoMathematics for High School Teachers: An Advanced Perspective, page 84.
  2. Venema, Gerard A. (2006), Foundations of Geometry, Pearson Prentice Hall, p. 285, ISBN 9780131437005
  3. Geometric transformation, p. 131, at Google Books
  4. Leland Wilkinson, D. Wills, D. Rope, A. Norton, R. Dubbs – Geometric transformation, p. 182, at Google Books
  5. stevecheng (2013-03-13). "first fundamental form" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  6. Geometric transformation, p. 191, at Google Books Bruce E. Meserve – Fundamental Concepts of Geometry, page 191.]

Further reading

  • Adler, Irving (2012) [1966], A New Look at Geometry, Dover, ISBN 978-0-486-49851-5
  • Dienes, Z. P.; Golding, E. W. (1967) . Geometry Through Transformations (3 vols.): Geometry of Distortion, Geometry of Congruence, and Groups and Coordinates. New York: Herder and Herder.
  • David GansTransformations and geometries.
  • Hilbert, David; Cohn-Vossen, Stephan (1952). Geometry and the Imagination (2nd ed.). Chelsea. ISBN 0-8284-1087-9.
  • John McCleary – Geometry from a Differentiable Viewpoint.
  • Modenov, P. S.; Parkhomenko, A. S. (1965) . Geometric Transformations (2 vols.): Euclidean and Affine Transformations, and Projective Transformations. New York: Academic Press.
  • A. N. Pressley – Elementary Differential Geometry.
  • Yaglom, I. M. (1962, 1968, 1973, 2009) . Geometric Transformations (4 vols.). Random House (I, II & III), MAA (I, II, III & IV).
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