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Unusual 3D Packing Problem

I made up this interesting problem playing with wire sculptures: If I have a $10 \times 10 \times 10$ clear box and inside I can put wireframe unit cubes, what's the maximum number of unit edges (or ...
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Solving for and x,y,z coordinate in a 3D plane

This is hard for me to explain, but basically I am making a game and I want a 3rd person like camera. I have a lot of information about how the camera should be but I can't seem to get the camera to ...
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How to draw contour lines (projections) on axis x or y with octave?

With the builtin function contour(x,y,z) of octave one can draw level curves where z remains constant. My question is how to draw contour lines on axis x or axis ...
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How to draw arrows by rotating lines in 3d space?

I am trying to figure out direction vectors of the arrowheads of an arrow. Basically I'm given a normalized direction vector ...
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How do I multiple these matrices together?

As a personal brain exercise, I've recently been trying to work out the math involved with rotating vertices around an arbitrary axis in 3D space. To do so, I've been relying very heavily on the ...
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Find the normal of a polygon with vertices that are not linearly independent in 3d

For example, take the vectors: $(1,2,3) (4,5,6) (7,8,9) (10,11,12) (13,14,15)$ What would the normal to the polygon be? I'm guessing it would be $(0,0,0)$? For vertices that are linearly ...
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Counting the number of cubes in an isometric view

I had seen questions in a sample aptitude test, where an isometric view of an object made up of cubes was given, with some of the cubes removed. We were supposed to count the number of cubes present ...
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equation of a plane through 2 points and parallel to a line

what is the equation of a plane passing through 2 given points (p 1) and (p 2) and parallel to a given line L 1? i know how to find the equation of a plane passing through a point with position ...
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Determine if a point is within two planes [closed]

I have a point P and two planes defined by three vertex each. How can I determine if P is between the two planes?
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Finding the coordinates of a point on a line that produces the shortest distance to another point in 3 dimensions.

I have a question with two parts and it looks like the following: a) Determine the distance from point $A(-2, 1, 1)$ to the line with the equation $\vec{r} = (3, 0, -1) + t(1, 1, 2)$, $t\in \Bbb R$ ...
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How do I calculate the inverse of these matrices?

In learning how to rotate vertices about an arbitrary axis in 3D space, I came across the following matrices, which I need to calculate the inverse of to properly "undo" any rotation caused by them: ...
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Finding an equation of a plane a certain distance from a given plane

I just wanted to know the methodology of how to solve for the equation of a plane that is some distance from some given plane. Thanks. Any help is appreciated
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Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only isohedral polyhedron that tiles 3-space (other than the cube)?

Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only face-transitive (or isohedral, i.e. all faces are the same) polyhedron that seamlessly tiles 3-dimensional Euclidean space (other than the cube)? I'm looking ...
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rotation matrix to axis angle

from wikipedia the above rotation matrix has a rotation of -74 degrees. What does it mean "around the axis (−1⁄3,2⁄3,2⁄3)"? How can I determine how many degrees is rotated on X axis, Y axis and Z ...
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Make a point orbit another point, given time and a normal.

I am working in 3D space. I am trying to make a solar system model. known variables: center of orbit, C (x,y,z) normal, perpendicular to the orbit, N (x,y,z) radius of orbit, R time, position ...
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Local max/min points, partial derivatives

I'm having a lot of problems with figuring out how to properly do max/min with partial derivatives. To my knowledge, we have: $$D(x, y) = f_{xx}(x, y)f_{yy}(x, y) - (f_{xy}(x, y))^{2}$$ With the ...
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How to find a normal vector from an equation in the form f(x,y)?

If I have an equation $f(x,y)$ which given the $x$ and $y$ coordinate, it gives you the $z$ coordinate. How can I find the normal (directional) vector of the the point $(x,y,f(x,y))$? This would be ...
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Finding the counter-clockwise direction of points in 3d

I have a set of 5 points of a polygon in 3d. I want to order these points in a counter-clockwise direction. How do I do this? In 2d, to check if two points are ordered counter-clockwise or ...
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Incenter of Triangle in 3D

I'm trying to figure out how to find the incenter of a triangle with (x, y, z) coordinates for the verteces. I can find the lengths of the sides and the radius of the incircle from that, so I've ...
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Quarternions from MPU and circumference of circles

First I should mention that my math skills are super basic. I do not understand formulas but I do understand pseudo code, C, C++, and other programming languages. I've been working on a electronics ...
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Volume of the Region bounded by $y = 2x^2 +2z^2$ and the plane $y=8$

I have the find the volume of the region bounded by the paraboloid $y = 2x^2 +2z^2$ and the plane $y=8$. Is the volume (using triple integrals) just ...
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Find the volume between a hyperboloid and a cylinder

I'm trying to find the volume bounded by the graphs of $z = 0$ and $z = h$, outside of the cylinder $x^2 + y^2 = 1$, and inside the hyperboloid $x^2+y^2-z^2 = 1.$ I have tried to use cylindrical ...
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Centre of the sphere

A variable plane passes through a fixed point $(a,b,c)$ and cuts the coordinate axes at $P,Q,R$. Then the coordinates $(x,y,z)$ of the centre of the sphere passing through $P,Q,R$ and the origin ...
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How to solve this integral in 3D?

I am willing to compute the Fourier transformation of the following function: $$ \Phi(r) = (I\Delta - \nabla \nabla )[r\operatorname{erf}(\xi r)] $$ Where, $r = X-X_0$, $\xi$ is a positive constant, ...
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Why is tree traversal the fastest ray-box method?

I'm learning ray tracing (the problem of intersecting a ray, aka a vector, against a 3D box defined by a max and a min point) and I'm wondering: why is a tree traversal (e.g. bounding volume ...
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How to rotate a 3d vector to be parallel to another 3d vector using quaternions?

I have a vector (a,b,c) and another vector (d,e,f). I'm trying to rotate (a,b,c) so its parallel to (d,e,f) using quaternions. I need help understanding how I would do this. I have so far that a ...
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Find vector rotated on 3D plane

I don't have access to a computer so I can't give pictures but I will try to make this easy to visualize. Suppose I have a vector $n$. I will now draw a plane normal to this vector that and have that ...
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clockwise or counter clockwise in 3D

I have two different situation that I need to make distinction between them (shown in the picture). In other words, in (A) points 3 and 4 are in right and left side of line 1-2. However, in case (B) ...
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Find a 3D vector given the angles of the axes and a magnitude

I would like to know how one would find a point from the angles of three axes and a magnitude. I know how to do this in 2D: $(\cosΘ * m, \sin(Θ) * m)$. However, I would like to know how this would be ...
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texture mapping from a camera image to a 3D surface acquired by a kinect

I have the following problem: A kinect camera capture a 3D surface and save it as a .obj files containing all the positions of the vertices (in the kinect coordinate system). If I take a picture ...
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Find the relation between the volumes of a cone and inscribed sphere

I have a question that I've been working upon for a long time but in vain. Can you help me. Determine the relation between the volume of a con circumscribed to a regular tethadron and the volume of a ...
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Shooting a grenade - angle throwing

In my 3D simulation/game I need to shoot a grenade from a grenade launcher. The movement of the grenade is already setup by someone else. all I need is to give him the pitch angle of the grenade ...
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Area of circle formed when sphere is sliced by a plane

First off, when a sphere is cut by a plane, is a circle always formed or does a ellipse get formed in some cases? If a circle is always formed, how do you prove it? Next, how would you find the area ...
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Distance from a point to the walls of a cube in 3D

I have defined six different planes that constitute a cube($6$ plane equations). I place an object within the cube at a point $P_1 \equiv (X_c,Y_c,Z_c)$. There are $6$ cameras on the object pointing ...
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Converting Euler Angle z-y'-x'' sequence to heading

I'm trying to convert a set of Euler Angles to a heading $(0-360)$ degrees. The Euler Angles use the $\ x-y'-x''$ sequence headings, using $\ \psi, \theta, \phi$ as the rotation angles, respectively. ...
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Partition of the 3d space with circles?

Does it exist a partition of the 3d space with circles of positive radium? I know the answer is no for a plane, but I can not transpose my demonstration to the space and I have no clue on how to do ...
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Determining if a point is inside two planes

I have two planes(Plane 1 and Plane 2) the normals ($n_1$ and $n_2$) of which are known to me. How do I determine if a point is inside the two planes? By inside I mean the 3d space between Planes 1 ...
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Finding distance between lines in 3D

Find the distance between the lines $L1$ and $L2$ where $$L1: \frac{x-1}{2}=\frac{y-2}{-3}=\frac{z-3}{4}$$ and $$L2: \frac{x+1}{3}=3-y=\frac{z+5}{5}$$ I need to first show that the lines are skew and ...
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Linear Algebra: finding specific linear combinations which meet the criteria

Consider any three vectors u,v,w in 3-dimensional space s.t joining the three vectors by straight lines forms a triangle. Under what condition on c,d,e will the combination cu + dv + ew fill the ...
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This is regarding 3d parametarization and vectors.

Generally, I have a hard time conceptualizing how to sketch a vector that looks like $(\cos t, \sin t, t)$. How do I approach this? Usually, in an examination, there are really small bounds given so ...
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How to find out if four points are on the same plane, only by using distances?

There is a method called Cayley-Menger determinant in order to find if 3 points are collinear, 4 points are coplanar etc. provided that all the pairwise distances are given. However, in 2-D, there is ...
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Find the linear (vertical) acceleration using a three axis accelerometer.

I genuinely apologise for what may be a poorly worded question. I'm extremely tired but have a ridiculous huge and important project due in on Monday for my degree. Thank you in advance for any help ...
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What is the offset curve of a 2D slice of the 3D offset of a twisted swept figure

I have a simple 2D shape as below helically swept. I then do an offset in 3D from the surface. to get if I take a 2D cross section I then get As you can see the offset curve of the 2D ...
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How to define a binormal equation using 3D coordinates, with given sine wave function?

I am attempting to implement in code the math and functions found here: http://http.developer.nvidia.com/GPUGems/gpugems_ch01.html So this question is contextual to that article, I'm sorry for that, ...
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Scale a Point onto Plane

I'm trying to find the scale factor that scale a point onto plane in 3D Space. I have the following information: Point on a plane: $a = (x_1,y_1,z_1)$ Plane equation: $P\colon Ax + By + Cz +D =0$; ...
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How to Create a Plane Inside A Cube

I have a $e \times e \times e$ cube and I want to create random planes with equation $ax + by + cz + d = 0$ inside this cube. I will put random points on those randomly created planes as well. Here ...
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Equation of a plane through intersection of two and parallel to other

I have got two planes $$x+y+z=1$$ and $$2x+3y-z+4=0$$ . I am required to find a plane by intersection of two and parallel to $x$ axis . I think the plane parallel to $x$ axis so Simply $P1+kP2=0$ ...
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3D triangle computer graphics

We are given a 3D triangle with vertices $(0,0,0), (5,0,10), (0,20,0)$. What is the $z$ value of the point in the triangle with $x=3, y=1$? How do we find the $z$ value?
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Best way to plot a 4 dimensional meshgrid

I have $4$ variables $X$, $Y$, $Z$ and $C$, and I want to plot these on a graph. Usually I would just plot the surface $X$, $Y$, $Z$ and then use color to represent the $4$th dimension, as shown ...
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3D Graphing--finding an equation given a graph

I'm having trouble finding a reasonable equation for this graph: http://i58.tinypic.com/15gtrn7.png The x axis is the horizontal, y-axis is the axis coming out of the screen, the z-axis is vertical. ...