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Is there an equation to describe regular polygons?

For example, the square can be described with the equation $|x| + |y| = 1$. So is there a general equation that can describe a regular polygon (in the 2D Cartesian plane?), given the number of sides ...
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How to check if a point is inside a rectangle?

There is a point $(x,y)$, and a rectangle $a(x_1,y_1),b(x_2,y_2),c(x_3,y_3),d(x_4,y_4)$, how can one check if the point inside the rectangle?
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Get the equation of a circle when given 3 points

Get the equation of a circle through the points $(1,1), (2,4), (5,3) $. I can solve this by simply drawing it, but is there a way of solving it (easily) without having to draw?
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Derivation of the formula for the vertex of a parabola

I'm taking a course on Basic Conic Sections, and one of the ones we are discussing is of a parabola of the form $$y = a x^2 + b x + c$$ My teacher gave me the formula: $$x = -\frac{b}{2a}$$ as the ...
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What is a point?

In geometry, what is a point? I have seen Euclid's definition and definitions in some text books. Nowhere have I found a complete notion. And then I made a definition out from everything that I know ...
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Direct formula for area of a triangle formed by three lines, given their equations in the cartesian plane.

I read this formula in some book but it didn't provide a proof so I thought someone on this website could figure it out. What it says is: If we consider 3 non-concurrent, non parallel lines ...
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How to find shortest distance between two skew lines in 3D?

If given 2 lines $\alpha$ and $\beta$, that are created by 2 points: A and B 2 plane intersection I want to find shortest distance between them. $$\left\{\begin{array}{c} P_1=x_1X+y_1Y+z_1Z+C=0 ...
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Constructing a family of distinct curves with identical area and perimeter

Two recent questions were posed by Arjuba [1] [2] asking for counter-examples regarding whether two different figures could have the same perimeter and area. Responders quickly raised a number of such ...
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Analogue of spherical coordinates in $n$-dimensions

What's the analogue to spherical coordinates in $n$-dimensions? For example, for $n=2$ the analogue are polar coordinates $r,\theta$, which are related to the Cartesian coordinates $x_1,x_2$ by ...
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Finding an equation of circle which passes through three points

How to find the equation of a circle which passes through these points $(5,10), (-5,0),(9,-6)$ using the formula $(x-q)^2 + (y-p)^2 = r^2$. I know i need to use that formula but have no idea how to ...
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When do equations represent the same curve?

Suppose we have two sets of parametric equations $\mathbf c_1(u) = (x_1(u), y_1(u))$ and $\mathbf c_2(v) = (x_2(v), y_2(v))$ representing two 2D planar curves. When I say "2D planar curves" I mean ...
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Equation of angle bisector, given the equations of two lines in 2D

I have two lines in 2D expressed with general equation (or implicit equation): First line: $a_1x+b_1y=c_1 \qquad(1)$ Second line: $a_2x+b_2y=c_2 \qquad(2)$ If the two lines are intersecting I will ...
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Common tangent to two circles

Find the equations of the common tangents to the 2 circles: $$(x - 2)^2 + y^2 = 9$$ and $$(x - 5)^2 + (y - 4)^2 = 4.$$ I've tried to set the equation to be $y = ax+b$, substitute this ...
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What is the difference between vector components and its coordinates?

Some mathematitians told me that vector components and coordinates are different things. They say that vector $F^n$ always has N components but coordinates depend on chosen basis and, therefore, it is ...
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Equal perimeter and area

Find all triangles of which perimeter and area are numerically equal. I have got solution for right angle triangles but not of others
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Finding the intersecting points on two circles

Given 2 circles on a plane, how do you calculate the intersecting points? In this example I can do the calculation using the equilateral triangles that are described by the intersection and centres ...
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Finding equation of an ellipsoid

Consider I have an ellipsoid (let say an egg) lies in a general form in 3D space. Suppose, I have the equations of two projected views of this egg (e.g. one projected view on x-y plane and another one ...
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Prove that the boy cannot escape the teacher

I'm struggling with the following problem from Terence Tao's "Solving Mathematical Problems": Suppose the teacher can run six times as fast as the boy can swim. Now show that the boy cannot ...
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What is the general equation of the ellipse that is not in the origin and rotated by an angle?

I have the equation not in the center, i.e. $$\frac{(x-h)^2}{a^2}+\frac{(y-k)^2}{b^2}=1.$$ But what will be the equation once it is rotated?
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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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The vertices of an equilateral triangle are shrinking towards each other

For an equilateral triangle ABC of side $a$ vertex A is always moving in the direction of vertex B, which is always moving the direction of vertex C, which is always moving in the direction of vertex ...
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The shortest distance between any two distinct points is the line segment joining them.How can I see why this is true?

On a euclidean plane, the shortest distance between any two distinct points is the line segment joining them. How can I see why this is true?
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A good Open Source book on Analytic Geometry?

Hi my course specifically talks about : Cartesian and Polar Coordinates in 3 Dim, second Degree eqns in 3 vars, reduction to canonical forms, straight lines, shortest distance between 2 skew lines, ...
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How do we prove the rotation matrix in two dimensions not by casework?

I was trying to prove: To carry out a rotation using matrices the point $(x, y)$ to be rotated from the angle, $θ$, where $(x′, y′)$ are the co-ordinates of the point after rotation, and the formulae ...
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Navigating though the surface of a hypersphere in a computer game

People in StackOverflow seems not so into this theme, so I thought I could have better luck in here. I had the idea of an spaceship game where the world is confined in the surface of an 4-D ...
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Ellipses given focus and two points

I would like to find all ellipses which contain 2 given points and has one focus at origin (zero). All in 2D plane. There are several possible approaches but I'm not sure which is the best - both ...
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Help understanding cross-product

I am trying to calculate the intersection point (if any) of two line segments for a 2D computer game. I am trying to use this method, but I want to make sure I understand what is going on as I do it. ...
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Why do we believe the equation $ax+by+c=0$ represents a line?

I'm going for quite a weird question here. As we know, the equation in Cartesian coordinates for a line in 2-dimensional Euclidean geometry is of the form $ax+by+c=0$. I'm wondering why do we ...
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implicit equation for “double torus” (genus 2 orientable surface)

The embedded torus in $\mathbb R^3$ can be described by the set of points in $(x,y,z)\in \mathbb R^3$ satisfying $T(x,y,z)=0$, where $T$ is the polynomial ...
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What Does Homogenisation Of An Equation Actually Mean?

For example, if we have a conic; ax2 + 2hxy + by2 + 2gx + 2fy + c = 0 What does homogenising this equation with another line (say ax + by + c = 0 ) actually mean? As in, what are the graphical ...
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Tensor notation (practicing)

I'm praticing tensor notation, and I want to prove this way that given vectors $A,B,C,D$ then $(A \times B) \times (C \times D) = \det(A,C,D)B - \det(B,C,D)A$, where $\det$ means the triple product. ...
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Find the condition on $a$ and $b$ so that the two tangents drawn to the parabola $y^2=4ax$ from a point are normals to the parabola $x^2=4by$

Find the condition on $a$ and $b$ so that the two tangents drawn to the parabola $y^2=4ax$ from a point are normals to the parabola $x^2=4by.$ The required condition is $a^2>8b^2$.I dont know how ...
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Enlarging an ellipses along normal direction

Given an ellipses, enlarge it along normal direction a fixed length say 1cm. Do we get another ellipses? If so, how to prove ?
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What is the coordinate of a point $P$ on the line $2x-y+5=0$ such that $|PA-PB|$ is maximum where $A=(4,-2)$ and $B=(2,-4)$

What is the coordinate of a point $P$ on the line $2x-y+5=0$ such that $|PA-PB|$ is maximum where $A=(4,-2)$ and $B=(2,-4)$. Let the coordinates of the point $P$ be $(x_1,y_1).$ $P$ lies on the ...
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Formula for curve parallel to a parabola

I have a simple parabola in the form $y = a + bx^2$. I would like to find the formula for a curve which is parallel to this curve by distance $c$. By parallel I mean that there is an equal distance ...
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Prove that $\|a\|+\|b\| + \|c\| + \|a+b+c\| \geq \|a+b\| + \|b+c\| + \|c +a\|$ in the plane.

Prove that $\|a\| + \|b\| + \|c\| + \|a+b+c\| \geq \|a+b\| + \|b+c\| + \|c +a\|$ in the plane. Gentle hints only, please! I know that attempting to decompose R.H.S. into $$\alpha a + \beta b + ...
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Why are two definitions of ellipses equivalent?

In classical geometry an ellipse is usually defined as the locus of points in the plane such that the distances from each point to the two foci have a given sum. When we speak of an ellipse ...
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Convert this equation into the standard form of an ellipse

$$\frac{\left(\frac{xa^2}{a^2y^2+\ x^2}-p\right)^2}{a^2}+\left(\frac{ya^2}{a^2y^2+\ x^2}-q\right)^2=k^2$$ Could someone please convert this into standard form of equation ...
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Calculating the area of an irregular polygon

Given the length of the sides of an irregular polygon (no coordinates provided) how do you compute the area of the maximum area of the polygon? Thanks in advance
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How does this equality on vertices in the complex plane imply they are vertices of an equilateral triangle?

I've read that if the complex numbers $a_1$, $a_2$ and $a_3$ are the vertices of a triangle in the complex plane such that $$ a_1^2+a_2^2+a_3^2=a_1a_2+a_2a_3+a_1a_3 $$ then the vertices are actually ...
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How to find the distance between a point and line joining two points on a sphere?

How do I calculate the distance between the line joining the two points on a spherical surface and another point on same surface? I have illustrated my problem in the image below. In the above ...
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Focal length of an ellipse and related results

There are 2 questions(part of same question but I divided it into two): Q1. Prove that the length of the focal chord of the ellipse $\frac {x^2}{a^2}+\frac {y^2}{b^2}=1$ which is inclined to the ...
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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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Proving two lines trisects a line

A question from my vector calculus assignment. Geometry, anything visual, is by far my weakest area. I've been literally staring at this question for hours in frustrations and I give up (and I do mean ...
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Prove that the value of $(abc)-(ab+bc+ca)+3(a+b+c)$ is $0$

If the points $\big(\frac{a^3}{a-1}, \frac{a^2-3}{a-1}),(\frac{b^3}{b-1}, \frac{b^2-3}{b-1}) ,\big(\frac{c^3}{c-1}, \frac{c^2-3}{c-1}\big)$ are collinear for three distinct values of $a,b,c$ and ...
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When do the linear combinations of three vectors fill out the triangle?

Let $P$, $Q$, and $R$ be any three (non-collinear) points in the 3D space. Let $O$ denote the origin. Let $\mathbf{u}$, $\mathbf{v}$, and $\mathbf{w}$ denote the vectors $\vec{OP}$, $\vec{OQ}$, and ...
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A simple(?) Analytical Geometry Question (Ellipse) my teacher can't solve

Here's the story: I am a high school student who absolutely loves math. So I took a university level mathematics course that is renowned throughout our school for being extremely rigorous and tough. ...
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How to calculate the area closed by a parabola and a line without calculus?

In order to simplify the problem, suppose we have a parabola $y=ax^2+bx+c$, here $a\neq0$, and a line $y=kx+d$, here $k\neq0$. We can assume that they will intersect at two different points. Thus, the ...
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Why can any affine transformaton be constructed from a sequence of rotations, translations, and scalings?

A book on CG says: ... we can construct any affine transformation from a sequence of rotations, translations, and scalings. But I don't know how to prove it. Even in a particular case, I found ...
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What geometric object is given by this equation?

What geometric object is given by this equation? $x^2+y^2+z^2+2xy+2xz+2yz-x-y-z-6=0$ Maple says it's a hyperboloid of one sheet, but is there a way to show it without going the long way by using the ...