analytic geometry


a branch of mathematics in which algebraic procedures are applied to geometry and position is represented analytically by coordinates.

Origin of analytic geometry

First recorded in 1820–30
Also called coordinate geometry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for analytic geometry

analytic geometry

[ ăn′ə-lĭtĭk ]

The use of algebra to solve problems in geometry, whereby geometric figures are represented by algebraic equations and plotted using coordinates.
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