Geometry and Trigonometry

Solid Geometry

What is solid geometry?

Solid geometry is the study of objects in three-dimensional Euclidean space. It deals with solids, as opposed to plane geometry, which deals with two dimensions. This part of geometry is concerned with entities such as polyhedra, spheres, cones, cylinders, and so on. (For more about Euclidean space and dimensions, see elsewhere in this chapter.)

In geometry, solids are defined as closed three-dimensional figures, or any limited portion of space bounded by surfaces. They differ in subtle ways from what we perceive as solids: We see solids in terms of what surrounds us—three-dimensional figures with their surfaces the actual objects we perceive. Geometric solids are actually the union of the surface and regions of space; in a way, this adds another dimension to two-dimensional space.


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