Textbooks used at USMA

 

The source for this information is the Official Register of the Officers and Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy, a work published at West Point, N.Y. in June of each year beginning in 1818. For the years 1818-1899 this is available in PDF format from the USMA Library catalog (search for Official register of the officers and cadets).

 

The OROC for the years 1818-1840 contains no information about textbooks, but later years do. Below some titles are put in bold face to indicate a change from the previous year.

 

1841  [OROC published June 1841, so this is for the 1840-41 academic year. Similarly below]

 

Third Class:

Daviesís Shades and  Shadows, &c

Daviesís Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesís Surveying

Daviesís Analytical Geometry

Daviesís Calculus

 

Fourth Class:

Davies's Bourdon's Algebra

Davies's Legendre's Geometry and Trigonometry

Davies's Descriptive Geometry

 

1842.    The same as 1841.

         

1843

Third Class:

Daviesís Shades and  Shadows

Daviesís Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesís Surveying

Daviesís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Calculus                [First edition 1842]

 

Fourth Class:

Davies's Bourdon's Algebra

Davies's Legendre's Geometry and Trigonometry

Davies's Descriptive Geometry

 

1844-1847

Third Class:

Daviesís Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesís Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesís Surveying

Daviesís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Calculus

 

Fourth Class:

Davies's Bourdon's Algebra

Davies's Legendre's Geometry and Trigonometry

Davies's Descriptive Geometry

 

1848-1851

Third Class:

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective      [No s after the apostrophe]

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying, and Analytical Geometry       [Just a typographic change? The comma disappears the next year.]]

Churchís Calculus

 

Fourth Class:

Davies' Bourdon's Algebra

Davies' Legendre's Geometry and Trigonometry

Davies' Descriptive Geometry

 

1852-5

Third Class:

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry                                  [First edition 1851]

Churchís Calculus              

 

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

 

1856                         [First year of five year program]

Third Class:

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Calculus              

 

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Calculus  

 

Fifth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

 

1857-9

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Calculus   

 

Fifth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

 

1860-1863

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Differential and Integral Calculus         [Change in OROC not in the textbook]

 

Fifth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

 

1864                                         [Back to 4 year program; the only change is the names of the years.]

Third Class:

Daviesí Descriptive Geometry

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Spherical Projections and Warped Surfaces

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Differential and Integral Calculus   

 

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Churchís  Descriptive Geometry                                             [First edition 1864]

 

1865-1867               

Third Class:

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections.  

Daviesí Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Calculus   

 

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Churchí Descriptive Geometry

 

1866-1873

Third Class:

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections.  

Church's Shades, Shadows & Perspective

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry               

Churchís Calculus   

 

Fourth Class:

Daviesí Bourdonís Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry & Trigonometry

Churchí Descriptive Geometry

 

1874-1878

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra                                              [Bourdon removed]

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry and Trigonometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections

Churchís Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Daviesí Surveying

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Calculus

 

1879

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Church's Plane and Spherical Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying   [Previously used in the second year]

Churchís Analytical Geometry   [Previously used in the second year]

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections

Churchís Calculus

Churchís Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Daviesí Surveying

Chauvenetís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1880-1887

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Church's Plane and Spherical Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying   [Previously used in the second year]

Churchís Analytical Geometry   [Previously used in the second year]

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections

Churchís Calculus

Churchís Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Chauvenetís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1888-1890

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Ludlow's Elements of Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying  

Churchís Analytical Geometry  

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections

Bassí Introduction to the Differential Calculus

Churchís Calculus

Churchís Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Chauvenetís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1891

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Ludlow's Elements of Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying  

Churchís Analytical Geometry  

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections

Bassí Introduction to the Differential Calculus

Churchís Calculus

Churchís Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Johnsonís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1892

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Ludlow's Elements of Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying  

Churchís Analytical Geometry  

Ludlow's Logarithmic Tables.  For reference.

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections

Bassí Introduction to the Differential Calculus

Churchís Calculus

Churchís Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Johnsonís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1893-1895

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Ludlow's Elements of Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying  

Churchís Analytical Geometry  

Ludlow's Logarithmic Tables.  For reference.

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections, Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Bassí Introduction to the Differential Calculus

Churchís Calculus

Johnsonís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1896-1898

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Ludlow's Elements of Trigonometry

Daviesí Surveying  

Churchís Analytical Geometry  

Ludlow's Logarithmic Tables.  For reference.

 

Second Year - Third Class

Churchís Analytical Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections, Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Bassí Differential Calculus

Churchís Integral Calculus

Johnsonís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

1899

First Year - Fourth Class

Daviesí Elements of Algebra

Daviesí Legendreís Geometry

Ludlow's Elements of Trigonometry

C. Smith's Conic Sections

Peck's Determinants

Daviesí Surveying  

Ludlow's Logarithmic Tables.  For reference.

 

Second Year - Third Class

C. Smith's Conic Sections and Solid Geometry

Churchís Descriptive Geometry, with its application to Spherical Projections, Shades, Shadows and Perspective

Bassí Differential Calculus

Churchís Integral Calculus

Johnsonís Treatise on the Method of Least Squares

 

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