TAXICAB GEOMETRY

by

Susan Sexton

 

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Foundations of Geometry I Project

University of Georgia

Fall 2006

Instructor: Clint McCrory

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Assumptions of Taxicab Geometry

 

Taxicab geometry is very similar to Euclidean coordinate geometry.

However it is meant to act as a better model of urban geography

than Euclidean coordinate geometry.

Nonetheless, taxicab geometry is an idealized model.

So there are some basic assumptions that simplify working with this geometry.

 

      the horizontal and vertical lines of the grid represents streets

 

      points can only be located at grid intersections

 

      numerical coordinates will always be integers

 

      the taxicab distance between two points is the smallest number of grid units that an imaginary taxi must travel to get from one point to the other.

 

 

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