# Tagged Questions

The (3d) tag is for things related to 3-dimensions. For geometry of 3-dimensional solids, please use instead (solid-geometry). For geometry that is not on a plane, but otherwise agnostic of dimensions, perhaps (euclidean-geometry) or (analytic-geometry) should also be considered.

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### Calculate Rotation Matrix to align Vector A to Vector B in 3d?

I have one triangle in 3d space that I am tracking in a simulation. Between time steps I have the the previous normal of the triangle and the current normal of the triangle along with both the current ...
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### will 3 lights illuminate convex solid

Can 3 lights be placed on the outside of any convex N dimensional solid so that all points on its surface are illuminated?
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### Recommended (free) software to plot points in 3d

I am looking for (preferably free) software to: 1) plot 3d points read from a file. A scatter plot would be fine. 2) Optionally color the points by a property - also read from the file It would be ...
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### Parametric Equation of a Circle in 3D Space?

So, my dilemma here is... I have an axis. This axis is given to me in the format of the slope of the axis in the x,y and z axes. I need to come up with a parametric equation of a circle. This circle ...
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### Making a convex polyhedron with two sheets of paper

Suppose that we have two sheets of paper $S,T$ and that each of $S,T$ is in the shape of a convex quadrilateral. Also, suppose that the length of the perimeter of $S$ equals that of $T$. (Note that $S$...
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### how to calculate area of 3D triangle?

I have coordinates of 3d triangle and I need to calculate its area. I know how to do it in 2D, but don't know how to calculate area in 3d. I have developed data as follows. ...
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### Floret Tessellation of a Sphere

I'm a programmer looking to create a 3D model of a Floret Tessellation of a sphere, like the one in this picture Class III 8,11 floret planar net (source) If anyone could point me in the right ...
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### Tricky 3d geometry problem

We have a cube with edge length $L$, now rotate it around its major diagonal (a complete turn, that is to say, the angle is 360 degrees), which object are we gonna get? Astoundingly the answer is D. ...
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### Every three of $n$ points is the vertices of an isosceles triangle. What is the max of $n$?

Suppose that we have $n\ (\ge 3)$ points in the three dimensional space and that every three of the $n$ points is the vertices of an isosceles triangle. Here, suppose that the vertices of an isosceles ...
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### Overlap volume of three spheres

Given three spheres and their coordinates with equal radii that are known to have a triple overlap (a volume contained within all three spheres), is there a known closed form for the calculation of ...
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### Mathematical description of a corncob

I'm trying to figure out how I can make a paper model of the corncob water tower in Rochester, Minnesota for my N-scale train layout. The best I can find is this: http://www.korthalsaltes.com/model....
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### Ellipsoid but not quite

I have an ellipsoid centered at the origin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipsoid Assume $a,b,c$ are expressed in $mm$. Say I want to cover it with a uniform coat/layer which is $d$ mm thick ...
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### Does this interesting property characterize a sphere?

Consider 2-d surfaces in 3-d (at the suggestion of a comment, let's say closed connected 2-dim smooth manifolds, embedded in dimension 3) with finite area. A sphere has the interesting property that ...
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### Visualizing a Calabi Yau

I would like to understand how I can visualize the quintic threefold $$z_1^5 + z_2^5 + z_3^5 + z_4^5 +z_5^5 - 5\psi z_1z_2z_3z_4z_5 = 0$$ For a similar problem, Hanson proposes the following: ...
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### Can the Surface Area of a Sphere be found without using Integration?

When we were in school they told us that the Surface Area of a sphere = $4\pi r^2$ Now, when I try to derive it using only high school level mathematics, I am unable to do so. Please help.
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### Show that every rotation in $\mathbb{R^3}$ can be written as the product of two rotations of order 2.

Show that every rotation in $\mathbb{R^3}$ can be written as the product of two rotations of order 2. Here's my attempt at a solution: We know that any rotation in $\mathbb{R^3}$ can be ...
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### Coloring a sphere with minimum colors (with constraints)

This is a problem we've been considering in our undergraduate math club, and I thought it would be nice to get further thoughts on the subject. I will start with a two dimensional case and then ...
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### 3D Rotation Matrix Uniqueness

Given a 3D rotation matrix R in a basis B. Can we consider R as being unique in B? Is there any other 3d rotation matrix R' representing the same 3D rotation in B? How could I prove that? Note: I do ...
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### Averaging quaternions

Given multiple quaternions representing orientations, and I want to average them. Each one has a different weight, and they all sum up to one. How can I get the average of them? Simple multiplication ...
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### slope of a line in 3D coordinate system

Suppose I have $2$ points in a 3D coordinate space. Say $p_1=(5,5,5)$, $p_2=(1,2,3)$. How do I find the slope of the line joining $p_1$ and $p_2$? After getting the slope (which I assume will be an ...
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### Formula to project a vector onto a plane

I have a reference plane formed by 3 points in $\mathbb{R}^3$ – $A, B$ and $C$. I have a 4th point, $D$. I would like to project the vector $\vec{BD}$ onto the reference plane as well as project ...
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### What's the “easiest” closed 3-manifold with a nonabelian fundamental group?

I'm looking for some easy compact, oriented 3-manifolds without boundary that have a nonabelian fundamental group. It needn't be perfect. "Easy" means that it has an easy Heegard diagram, say, one ...
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### Is a 3D Mandelbrot-esque fractal analogue possible?

I understand that (unlike complex numbers) there's no consistent 3 dimensional number system (even 4D loses some nice properties). Regardless, I'm wondering if there might be a 'trick' to create a 3D ...
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### Rigid-body matching algorithm and clustering algorithm with groups of lines in 3D

I've been struggling with this problem for weeks, and couldn't find an appropriate algorithm to solve it. Could you guys please give me some advices or suggestions in addressing this question. Or if ...
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### Is there a generalization of the Lagrange polynomial to 3D?

What is a way to construct a smooth polynomial surface ($\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$) with Lagrange-polynomial properties in every partial derivative? I want to try this for image ...
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### Cross section is a regular hexagon.Is it a cube?

One of the cross sections in a rectangular box is a regular hexagon.Prove that the box is a cube I tried to prove that certain lengths were equal by showing that certain triangles are congruent but ...
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### How to divide a $3$ D-sphere into “equivalent” parts?

My goal is to put $n$ points on a sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$ to divide it in $n$ parts, so that their disposition would be as "equivalent" as possible. I don't exactly know what "equivalent" ...
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### Analytic caustics for 3D objects

Is it possible to efficiently calculate caustics for a given 3D object, like a torus, or a cube? To be more precise: let's assume that we have a 3d torus, resting on a 2d plane and a single light ...
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### What is the formula for a 3D line?

Just like we have the formula $y=mx+b$ for $\mathbb{R}^{2}$, what would be a formula for $\mathbb{R}^{3}$? Thanks.
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### Find if three points in 3-dimensional space are collinear

Find if the points joining $A=(6,7,1), B=(2,-3,1)$ and $C=(4,-5,0)$ are collinear. How to determine collinearity in three dimensions? In two dimensions, one can compare the slopes of segments $AB$ ...
Early on in Hempel's book 3-Manifolds, he discusses two-sided submanifolds: if $N$ is a manifold of dimension $n$, and $M$ is a submanifold of dimension $(n-1)$, then $M$ is two-sided if there is an ...