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How to express $[u,v,w]$ in function of $\phi,\theta$ and the norms of the vectors?

$u,v$ are linear independent and $w$ is a non-zero vector. Let $Angle(u,v)=\phi$ and $Angle(u \times v,w)=\theta$. Express $[u,v,w]$ in function of $\phi,\theta$ and the norms of the vectors. ...
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vertices of a hyperbola the silliest question ever

I'm given that the center of the hyperbola is $(2,1)$ and $a=3$ and asked to find the vertices. Since vertices are on the same line with the axis of symmetry I thought the coordinates should be $(2,1 ...
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The lines $x+2y+3=0$ , $x+2y-7=0$ and $2x-y+4=0$ are sides of a square. Equation of the remaining side is?

I found out the area between parallel lines as $ \frac{10}{\sqrt{5}} $ and then I used $ \frac{|\lambda - 4|}{\sqrt{5}} = \frac{10}{\sqrt{5}} $ to get the values as $-6$ and $14$ . I am getting the ...
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What's the relation between 2 points from 2 different planes?

I'm trying to find the relation between my "text" objects, and my "world" objects. This may be related to development, but I thought this question was better fit for this exchange. I have two ...
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Find the equations of the tangent and normal to the ellipse [on hold]

Find the equations of the tangent and normal to the ellipse $16x^2 + 25y^2 = 400$ at $t = \frac{1}{\sqrt 3}$
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Creative way to find this area

Let's say We have a circle with center at $(0,0)$ with radius $r$ and we have the line $y=a$ where $0 \leq a \leq r$. the question is what is the area that between the circle and the line $y=a$(the ...
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Given the incentre of $\Delta ABC$ and the equations of the angle bisectors what is the locus of the centroid of the triangle $ABC$?

I got this problem on a test yesterday Consider $\Delta ABC$ with incenter $I(1,0)$. Equations of the straight lines $AI$, $BI$, and $CI$ are $x=1$, $y+1=x$ and $x+3y=1$ respectively and $\cot \left( ...
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On the solutions of a system of inequalities avoiding Helly's theorem

Let $a_1,b_1,\cdots,a_4,b_4\in\mathbb{R},r_1,\cdots,r_4\in(0,+\infty)$. Show that, if $\not\exists (x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2$ such that $$ \begin{cases} (x-a_1)^2+(y-b_1)^2\le r_1\\ ...
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Compute Speed of an object when moving on a circular arc? [on hold]

Consider the following figure: An iPhon is moving on a circular arc from point A to point B. The radius of the orbit is f. Consider the case that a men stands and holding his arm horizontal to the ...
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Finding the equation of the new plane after the original has been rotated by an angle

Find the equation of the plane obtained after rotating the plane $x+y+z=1$ by $90^{\circ}$ about its line of intersection with the plane $x-2y+3z=0$. Since I had to choose one of the four given ...
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Something Isn't Right With My Parking

A few days ago in my Calculus BC class we were given a page of 6 challenging end of the year problems. That was a refreshing change from the drudgery we usually do (WebAssign). One of them went like ...
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How to find center of a conic section from the equation?

If we are given a curve in the form $$ax^2+2bxy+cy^2+2dx+2ey+f=0$$ and the following determinant $$\delta=\begin{vmatrix}a&b\\b&c\end{vmatrix}=ac-b^2$$ is non-zero, then this is either a curve ...
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Find centre of circle with equation of tangent given

(4,1) is a point on one end of the diameter of a circle and the tangent through the other end of the diameter has equation 3 x- y=1. Determine the coordinates of the center of circle. What got me ...
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On the definition of sphere in analytic geometry…

Last year, when I was teaching mathematics (analytic geometry) for one of my clever freands, I arrived to the definition of sphere. I said Fix $r>0$, An sphere is the set of all triples ...
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The Efficiency of Random Parking Problem

A few days ago in my Calculus BC class we were given a page of 6 challenging end of the year problems. That was a refreshing change from the drudgery we usually do (WebAssign). One of them went like ...
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Find the slope of a line $L$ that tangent to the graph of $y = x^3$ and passes through the point $(0,2000)$.

Find the slope of a line $L$ that tangent to the graph of $y = x^3$ and passes through the point $(0,2000)$. Well, I am new to this concept, to me, slope means $\dfrac{dy}{dx}$, but I get ...
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Largest of the smallest angles of incidence from arbitrary point to tetrahedron vertex/centroid line

Picture a regular tetrahedron where each vertex has a line through the centroid and a plane normal to it. I need to show that the range of the smallest angles of incidence from an arbitrary point to ...
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Let $y=x^2+ax+b$ cuts the coordinate axes at three distinct points. Show that the circle passing through these 3 points also passes through $(0,1)$.

Let $y=x^2+ax+b$ be a parabola that cuts the coordinate axes at three distinct points. Show that the circle passing through these three points also passes through $(0,1)$. Since, the graph of the ...
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Conjugate Hyperbolas.

What would be a good approach to tackle this problem. In a previous assignment I managed to show Pq=Pr. How do I show that this tangent intersects the conjugate hyperbola. Should I start by ...
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Analytic geometry, distances

Find the equation of the geometric place: Whose distance to the point $(4,0)$ equals half the distance to the straight line $x=19$ Im using the formula for distance between points $P(4,0), Q(19,0)$ ...
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Finding horizontal tangents to a function.

Find the points at which the line tangent to the following function is horizontal $$q(x)=(x+3)^4(2x-1)^7$$ Every time I've gotten to the point of finding $x$ the numbers are all irrationally too ...
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Reference request: history of analytic geometry

I am searching a book in the domain of the history of math, that describes the historical origins of analytic geometry, starting from Descartes (?), and that describes also its development (e.g. the ...
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analytic geometry question involving perpendicular vectors

Determine the parametrics equations of the straight line that passes by $A(-1,4,5)$ and is perpendicular to $r:P=(-2,1,1)+t(1,-1,1)$. Someone can solve this? I'm trying for more than a hour and I'm ...
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Intersection of a curve with a complex line

Given: $$ \left\{\begin{matrix}t =\frac{1}{n}\sqrt{n^{4}-z^{2} } & \\ z=im & \end{matrix}\right.$$ with $n<m$, positive integers (and $i$ the imaginary unit), if one wanted to ...
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Definition of angle between non-differentiable curves

(Background: I am trying to understand the definition of angle-preserving function..I posted a question earlier but I still have doubts) My question is:how is the angle between two curves defined if ...
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Using axis coordination to represent rotation matrix instead of angles

Euler angles give us clear matrix for conversion of a vector from car reference $Fr^C$ to earth reference $Fr^E$. If $\vec V$ is a vector in different frames it is represented differently: $$\vec ...
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Analytic geometry and definite integrals problem…

So, here's the problem: We have a parabola $y^2=2px$ and a line which is perpendicular to parabola and forms the angle $\frac{3\pi}{4}$ with x axis. I have to find the area between the parabola and ...
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Given five points and a line find the points of the line that lie in the conic through the five points [closed]

So I'm given 5 points in general position and a line, I already know the method using Pascal's theorem to find points in the conic but I dont know how to find specifically the ones that lie on a given ...
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Easiest way to verify that $4x^2+y^2=1$ is an ellipse?

Normally I would just divide both sides by the number $4$ because it's not good in there, but I can't do it for $$4x^2+y^2=1$$ I must have $$\frac{x^2}{a^2}+\frac{y^2}{b^2}=1$$ So what's the ...
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Characterize a rotation matrix

Given a matrix $A\in M_{2 \times 2}(\mathbb R)$ or $M_{3\times 3}(\mathbb R)$ how to determine if it is a rotation matrix? Is there any theorem that characterize a rotation matrix just by looking at ...
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Is there a problem in assuming that a point is the same thing of a vector?

I've read Apostol's Calculus, in the section on analytic geometry. He says that he's going to use 'vector' and 'point' interchangeably. But in Beardon's Algebra and Geometry, he argues that there is ...
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Coordinate Geometry - Area of a Quadrilateral

What is the area in square units, of a quadrilateral whose vertices are $(5,3), (6,-4), (-3,-2), (-4,7)$ ? I have tried creating the triangles, but didn't know how to find the diagonal. I wanted to ...
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snugly fitted spheres in a cube

A larger sphere A, having a radius $R$ is snugly fitted in a cube (i.e. sphere A touches all six faces of the cube). Further, a small sphere B is snugly fitted in the corner of cube (i.e. sphere B ...
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Analytic Geometry - vectors and points

Can somebody help me? In the picture, $\|AM\|=2\|MB\|$ and $\|AN\|=\frac{1}{3}\|CN\|$. Write $X$ in function of $A, AB, AC$.
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Hyperplanes divide space

Problem. What is maximal number of connected components on which $n$ hyperplanes divides $\mathbb{R}^m$ if they all have 1 common point. In fact this problem was firstly stated in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and ...
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Surface area of a section of the unit sphere

Let $v$ be a vector on the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $S(\epsilon)$ be the set of vectors $s$ on the same sphere such that $$ |s \cdot v| \leq \epsilon.$$ What is the surface area of ...
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High School Geometry problem with a triangle and trapezoid in a larger triangle.

In school, I have an assignment to write a problem for geometry students. I have written the following problem. Draw triangle ABC. Let the height have magnitude h. Draw a line segment, DE, which is ...
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Determine the value of y so that two line segments are parallel

Determine the value of $y$ so that the line segment with endpoints $P(3, y)$ and $Q(-3, -1)$ is parallel to the line segment with endpoints $R(-4, 9)$ and $S(5,6)$. I began by finding the slope ...
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Trigonometrical functions and complex numbers

(This question will at first appear too broad. However, the overall philosophy will be explained below in a way that asks specific questions, which I hope will be conducive to this being a reasonable ...
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Rational parametrization of circle in Wikipedia

In http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle but also in the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia I find this formulation ( sorry, I exchange x and y as I am accustomed to it in this way ) : "An ...
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doubt in proving Ratio.

Find the equation of the tangent of the curve $x^4+y^4=a^4$ at $(h,k)$. And prove that the point of contact of divides the line segment joint the intercepts of the tangent in the ratio $h^3:k^3$. ...
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How to calculate the solid angle of a spherical rectangle from astronomical angles

Say I have 2 astronomical angle pairs defining a confined region on the visible hemisphere: (minAzimuth, minElevation) & (maxAzimuth, maxElevation) How can we calculate the solid angle of the ...
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The sum of the abscissae of the intersections of a cubic and a line

I remember being told in passing in a talk once the following theorem: Let $y=x^3$, and let $x_1,x_2,x_3$ be the abscissae ($x$ co-ordinates) of three distinct points on this cubic. Then ...
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Intersection of 3 positively sloped planes

Suppose I have three planes, each of which is 'positively sloped' in the sense that the first plane intersects the x-axis at a positive value, and the y and z-axes at a negative value. Similarly, the ...
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Barycentric Coordinates of Orthocenter question

this page describes the barycentric coordinates of the orthocenter as $(\tan A : \tan B : \tan C)$. How would you prove this using the areal definition of barycentric coordinates? Thank you. EDIT: ...
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Affine transformation that sends a conic to itself but does not preserve the focci or the axes [closed]

So I'm trying to find an affine transformation that sends a conic to itself but does not preserve the foci or the axes. I don't know if this can be done. I'm pretty sure that if it is possible then I ...
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Vector Calculus Question- Planes and Curves

Will you please help me in the following? Let $\pi$ be a plane perpendicular to the curve: $$ \gamma(t) = (5\cos t, 5\sin t,-2t) $$ at the point $(x(t_0), y(t_0 ) ,z(t_0)) $ . We also know the ...
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Locus of complex numbers.

Question Let $P(x,y)$ be the point on an Argand diagram representing the complex number $u=x+iy$ and satisfying the equation \begin{align*} \vert u \vert=k\vert u+a\vert, \end{align*} where $k$ is ...
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Books on vector analytic geometry

I'm looking for books about analytic geometry which covers affine change of coordinates,equivalence of conics by affine and projective change of coordinates, etc. using vectors. I would like a book in ...
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On the associative property of a binary operation of the fundamental group.

I was reading about the proof of associativity property of the operation on the fundamental group here. The book gives the following diagram then it says the reader should supply the elementary ...