Faculty Advisor

Servatius, Brigitte


A Treatise on Conic Sections, a geometry textbook by George Salmon first published in 1848, was reprinted by the AMS in 2005. The text is impressive in its coverage, but in need of a complete overhaul to match current textbooks in language and appearance. Conic sections are an important pre-calculus topic, but lack coverage in US education. The current high school geometry curriculum is fully covered by the first two chapters of Salmon, namely the chapter on the point and the chapter on the line. WPI offers no undergraduate geometry education. We updated the first two chapters of Salmon’s treatise by modernizing the text and creating figures using Geometer’s Sketchpad. We recommend further study into changing geometry education and the treatise as well as further updating of the treatise.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences