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The locus of points $z$ which satisfy $|z - k^2c| = k|z - c|$, for $k \neq 1$, is a circle

Use algebra to prove that the locus of points z which satisfy $|z - k^2c| = k|z - c|$, for $k \neq 1$ and $c = a + bi$ any fixed complex number, is a circle centre $O$. Give the radius of the circle ...
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Motivation for constructing $F$ s.t. $\ker(\text{curl}) \subset \text{Im}(\text{grad})$, $\ker(\text{div}) \subset \text{Im}(\text{curl})$

In 'from calculus to cohomology', we consider the space $V$ of smooth functions $U \to R^3$, with $U \subset R^3$ star-shaped (i.e. convex), and for cohomology reasons (showing $H^1(U)=H^2(U)=0$) we ...
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Area of surface parametrized in spherical coordinates

Suppose we have a smooth, bounded, closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ which can be parametrized by giving the distance from the origin as a function $r(\varphi,\theta)$ of spherical angles ...
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3D coordinates of circle center given three point on the circle.

Given the three coordinates $(x_1, y_1, z_1)$, $(x_2, y_2, z_2)$, $(x_3, y_3, z_3)$ defining a circle in 3D space, how to find the coordinates of the center of the circle $(x_0, y_0, z_0)$?
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Solving for unknowns in parametric equation

I have the parametric equation of a circle: $$f(u) = \langle a \cos(u) + b, a \sin(u) + c\rangle,$$ and because the equation has $3$ unknowns $a,b$ and $c$, I have been given $3$ points $p_0, p_1$, ...
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Finding the points of intersection of a circle and a line

In a test (of math in arabic language) we we're asked to find the points of intersection of a circle and a line. Their equation is given. In the test I solved system of equations made of their ...
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Compute the area of a parallelogram defined by a particular construction

I got stuck with this mathematical task. Can someone help me how to solve this problem? I need to find the F(area) value. It is kind of a thinking task Context The problem is extracted from a ...
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Calculate the distance between intersection points of tangents to a parabola

Question Tangent lines $T_1$ and $T_2$ are drawn at two points $P_1$ and $P_2$ on the parabola $y=x^2$ and they intersect at a point $P$. Another tangent line $T$ is drawn at a point between $P_1$ ...
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Standing at the center of a cube and walking halfway to a wall - field of vision

In my python programming class one of the bonus problems is this: Suppose you are located at the exact center of a cube. If you could look all around you in every direction, each wall of the cube ...
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Find the equation of parabola tangent to a line

I know how to find the equation of the line tangent to a parabola through a certain point. But how do I find the equation of the parabola from the point and the tangent line? For example, how do I ...
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Recurrence relation of distances between $n$-dimensional curves

I have a problem involving recurrence and euclidean distances in $n$-dimensional curves. Given the sequence of curves in $\mathbb{R}^n:$ $\{ x_{1}^2+x_{2}^2+\cdots + x_{n}^2 = 1, ...
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Calculating XY coordinates on line

I have been working on this problem for a while now and can’t figure out the solution. Hence my post on this forum. I’m trying to figure out the position of a symbol on a line. These lines are located ...
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intersecting point of two lines

The circle has R radius and and ellipse is intersecting the circle. I need to findout $x_c$ and $y_c$, which is the midpoint of the 2 intersected point of ellipse.Line 3 is the tangent of the ...
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How do I approach this geometrical problem?

For a point $P=(x,y)$ write $f(P)=ax+by$. Let $f(A)=f(B)=10$. $C$ be a point not lying on the line joining $A$ and $B$. $C^{'}$ be the reflection of $C$ w.r.t. this line. If $f(C)=15$, find ...
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find x in coordinates given the angle

This is the problem: if the angle from the line through $(-4,2)$and $(3,-4)$ to the line through $(-4,2) (x,3)$ is arctan 37/29 find the value of $x$? Should i use this formula: $$\tan \theta= ...
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defining a closed curve in cartesian coordinates

I am trying to implement a track in cartesian coordinates, such that X and Y coordinates are accepted and those are linearly interpolated. The problem is, I want to include circular shapes on ...
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Coordinates of a vertex of a triangle?

Here is the problem: There is a triangle with vertices $A,B,C$ in a cartesian coordinate system, where coordinates of points $A$ and $B$ and the angle $\alpha=\measuredangle ABC$ are given. The ratio ...
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Simplest way to calculate the width of a segment of a convex shape

A convex shape $C$ is cut using a a chord. What is the width of the resulting segment? This is the length of the green thick short line in the figure below: Here is my current solution: Mark the ...
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How big is a tetrahedron?

Let $T$ be a tetrahedron with volume $vol(T)$ and edge lengths $a,b,c,d,e,f$ and let $sum(T) = a^3 + b^3 + ... + f^3$. We wish to compare $vol(T)$ with $sum(T)$. [ IMO (1961 #2 ) handles the case of ...
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Finding the point on an ellipse most distant from a given line

$\mathrm C$onsider an ellipse with the origin as its centre, i.e., of the type $$\frac {x^2} {a^2} + \frac {y^2} {b^2} = 1$$ and a line joining two points on the ellipse. $\mathrm T$he problem is to ...
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Intersection of a cone and a plane.

I need a proof that the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to the cone's axis is a hyperbola.
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How do you 'rotate' a polynomial?

I have a polynomial equation: $$y=(-5 \times 10^{-6} \times x^3)+(0.0004 \times x^2)+(0.0582 \times x)-0.4397$$ Is it possible to "rotate" this polynomial curve (maintaining the shape) around the ...
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Find the images of (1,0) under reflection in L?

Consider the line $$L = \{(x,y): x - 2y = 2\}$$ Find the images of $(1,0)$ under reflection in $L$? Thanks in advance.
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Indefinite integral with sector of ellipse

An ellipse is given by the following equation: $$ 152 x^2 - 300 x y + 150 y^2 - 42 x + 40 y + 3 = 0 $$ After solving for the midpoint we have: $$ 152 (x-1/2)^2 - 300 (x-1/2) (y-11/30) + 150 ...
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doubt with direction angles

Is it possible for a 3D vector to be drawn with the direction angles of $\alpha=45^\circ$ and $\beta=45^\circ$ ? if yes what is measure of $\gamma^\circ$? I calculated $\cos^2(45^\circ ...
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Algebraic step on a trig expressiom in linear algebra

$$W = ||V||(\cos(\varphi)\cdot \cos(\theta) - \sin(\varphi)\cdot\sin(\theta), \cos(\varphi)\cdot\sin(\theta) + \sin(\varphi)\cdot\cos(\theta))$$ $$= (v_1 \cos(\theta) - v_2 \sin(\theta), v_1 ...
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Find max distance from $(0,0)$ to line defined on ellipse.

I have got a following problem : $E = \{ \frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} =1 \}$ $N$ - line (normal) perpendicular to E at $(x_0,y_0)$ Find max $dist(N,(0,0))$ So I am starting with attempt to ...
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Questions about elipse

Given the center of an elipse and three of its points, is this elipse completely determined? What is the easiest way to show that five points of an elipse are enough to determine the elipse?
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Find intersection points of a line with a circle, and the equation of another circle passing through those points [closed]

If the line $x=2y$ meets the circle $x^2+y^2-8x+6y-15=0$ at points $P,Q$, find the co-ordinates of $P$ and $Q$ and the equation of the circle passing through $P,Q$ and at the point $(1,1)$. Could I ...
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How to find a point at a certain distance to other points on the same line

Assuming the points A(x1,y1) and B(x2,y2) and distances between AB (d1) and AC (d2) are known. How can I find the point C(xp,yp)? Actually it has a trivial solution, writing the distance equation 2 ...
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Find a Cartesian Equation for the Plane Satisfying Those Properties

Find the Cartesian equation of the plan parallel to j and passes through the intersection of the planes described by the equations x + 2y + 3z = 4, and 2x + y + z = 2. I was able to get the ...
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What is the analog of the scalar triple product in two dimensions?

Is there a standard name and/or a notation for the analog of the scalar triple product in two dimensions? Namely, i am interested in the following operation: given two elements $\vec u$ and $\vec v$ ...
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Triangle, Circle Problem

What is the area $\triangle DEF$ ? I solved it using analityc geometry. I want to see if there is way to solve it using plane geometry. I did it: $x^2+y^2=400$ $(x+10)^2+y^2=100$ I found the ...
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Plane and symmetrical lines

I need to solve this problem (sorry for bad english) I have plane $\pi$ and line $p_1$ intersecting $\pi$ in point $P$. Then I find line $p_2$ symmetrical to line $p_1$ where $\pi$ is plane of ...
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Locus of intersection between $y= 8\lambda/(\lambda ^2 + 4)$ and $y =2 \lambda x/(4-\lambda^2)$

I have the equations $$y=\frac{4\lambda}{\frac{1}{2}\lambda^2+2}\quad \text{and}\quad y=\frac{\lambda x}{-\frac{1}{2}\lambda ^2 + 2}$$ each representing a line. I'm asked to find the locus of the ...
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How to interpret the equation of a line in 3D through two points, when there are $0$s in the denominator? [closed]

If $A=(0,0,0)$ and $B=(1,0,0)$ are two points of a line in three dimensions, I think its equation should be $$\frac{x-0}{1}=\frac{y-0}{0}=\frac{z-0}{0}\tag1$$ according to the formula ...
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How to show existence of an orthogonal map?

I want to show that the following holds: Let $x,y\in \mathbb{R}^n\setminus\{0\}$ be given and such that $\|x\|=\|y\|$. There is an orthogonal map $T$ such that $Ty=x$ (a rotation). How could one ...
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Circle radius as variable

I am confused. How is $y^2 + x^2 =3x$ a circle? Can someone please help me try to understand why the above a circle, or is it just a typo?
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Find the equation of the plane that contains:

Find an equation for the plane containing the lines $$x = 5y = \frac{z + 1}{4}$$ and $$\begin{cases} x = t \\ y = 2t\\ z = 6t − 1 \end{cases}.$$ I know that finding two points will allow me to find ...
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Finding a line through 4 other lines!

This one's probably easy, but I'm dreadfully stuck and can't seem to figure out a decent method. I have the following lines: $$a: \vec{x}(\lambda)= \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 4 \\ -2 \\ -2 ...
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Showing that normal line passes through a point.

I need to show that a line passes through a point. How should I go about doing this? The question is: Let $L$ be the normal line at $(1,1,1)$ to the level surface of $f(x,y,z) = x^2 - z$ that ...
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What is the Equation for a straight line in a 3D space? And how to find other parelell lines to it?

We know $y=mx+c$ is the equation for a straight line in a 2D graph. And the parallel line that goes through $(x_1,y_1)$ is $y=mx+(-mx_1+y_1)$. But how do we display the straight line in a 3D graph ...
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Show that if an ellipse and a hyperbola have the same foci, then at each point of intersection their tangent lines are perpendicular.

I have to show that: If an ellipse and a hyperbola have the same foci, then at each point of intersection, their tangent lines are perpendicular. So I know that if I prove it for one of the ...
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Is every smooth $\mathbb{R}$-variety isomorphic to an affine variety?

I sadly don't know anything about formal GAGA yet, but I am at least trying to follow my intuition as often as possible. In differential geometry we know that we can embedd every smooth ...
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Smallest circle enclosing three disjoint circles

Consider three disjoint circles not necessarily of same radii. How do you draw the smallest circle enclosing all these three circles? Where is its centre, and what is its radius?
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Finding coordinates of ground-zero with seismic sensors

At the unknown t0 time an explosion occurred at an unknown point X,Y on the 2D plane. We ...
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Equidistant points on a circle

I would like to obtain/generate points on a circle in Cartesian coordinates such that the distance between two consecutive points will be always equal. For example, plotting a circle with radius 100 ...
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how to find angle between two added up vectors in cartesian space

I would like to find the angle between two vectors (theta) -> v1 From i to i+1 v1=(xi1-xi , yi1-y1) and v2 from i+1 to i+2 v2=(xi2-xi1, yi2-yi1), which are shown as in the figure (but v1 and v2 can be ...
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How to find coordinates of reflected point?

How can I find the coordinates of a point reflected over a line that may not necessarily be any of the axis? Example Question: If P is a reflection (image) of point (3, -3) in the line $2y = ...
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help needed in understanding general conics proof

The origin is a centre of a general conic of second degree iff the coefficients of linear terms vanish. $ (\Rightarrow)$ part: Let $$ Q(x,y)\equiv ax^{2}+2h xy+ by^{2} + 2gx+2fy+c=0$$ books ...