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Homework Help: Poincare model help

  1. Nov 9, 2008 #1
    Incidence Postualte I-1 holes for the Poincare Model: Every two points of E lie on exactly one L-Line.
    Prove: Given any two points P and Q inside the unit circle C, there exists a unique L-line l containing them. (this will require the use of analytic geometry.)


    L-lines:arcs of circles perpendicular to the unit circle in S and the diameter of S.

    How would i solve this? I know that i need to prove and P,Q are not equal to the orgin and that either one is at the orgin, but how?

    Thanks for the help!!
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  3. Nov 9, 2008 #2


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    You don't prove that neither P nor Q is at the origin- there is no reason for that to be true. However, a "hyperbolic line" in the Poincare circle model is either
    1) A Euclidean line through the center of the bounding circle (here the origin) or
    2) A circle orthogonal to the bounding circle.

    IF is P or Q is the origin, then it is easy: the Euclidean line from P to Q is a hyperbolic line. You should also be able to prove, with Analytic geometry, that a circle passing through the origin cannot be orthogonal to the unit circle.

    If neither P nor Q are at the origin, then you need to show that there is exactly one circle through both P and Q that is orthogonal to the unit circle. How you would do that, I can't say because I don't know what concepts you know that you can use. I myself would use the fact that the inverse points to P and Q must also be on that circle. Do you know what an "inverse point" in this sense is?
  4. Nov 9, 2008 #3
    Do you mean like P' and Q' are inverse points?
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    I have no idea because I have no idea what YOU mean by P' and Q'.
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