# Tagged Questions

Questions on the use of algebraic techniques to prove geometric theorems.

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### Is this solution legal?

Let $M(1,-1)$ be a point in a plane. Find its distance from a line given by $x+2y-4=0$. Later on I found a formula: $$d=\frac{\left | Ax_{0}+Bx_{0}+C \right | }{\sqrt{A^2+B^2}}$$ But I did it ...
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### Knight's metric: ellipse and parabola.

Knight's metric is a metric on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ as the minimum number of moves a chess knight would take to travel from $x$ to $y\in\mathbb{Z}^2$. What does a parabola (or an ellipse) became with this ...
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### On the Visual Manifestation of Curves in Nature

All sorts of curves are useful in modelling and describing phenomena we observe. Trig functions, logarithms, exponentials, polynomials, hyperbolas, circles, and so forth are all very useful in this ...
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### Are there eigenvectors, eigenvalues, and characteristic functions for non-linear vector fields?

An eigenvector is a vector in the preimage of the transformation whose direction is not changed when the transformation is applied. It seems like the concept of eigenvectors and eigenvalues would ...
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### Points at Integer Distances in 3-space

With the restriction no three points in a line, no four points on a circle, there is a 7 point configuration of points on the plane such that all pairs of points are at integer distances. [1] For 3-...
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### Great mathematical fusions in math history

Development of the mathematics resembles usually a growing tree - from old branches grow new ones. However sometimes domains of mathematics which were separated for the long time are fused together ...
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### 'Tetrahedral' coordinates in space (generalization of hexagonal coordinates)

The Cartesian coordinates are the most widely used in Euclidean space of any dimension. However, there is another set of coordinate systems which can in some way be considered optimal. Imagine ...
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### “Hard” exercises on Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry

I started lecturing this subject called "Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry" and in the second day of class I was approached by an undergrad student, asking for referenced that would contain "hard" ...
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### Is there an algebraic description of the ring of analytic functions on the real projective line?

Apologies for the long question. Let $X=\mathbf P^1(\mathbf R) \subseteq \mathbf P^1(\mathbf C)$ be the real projective line. Let $\mathcal O_X$ be the sheaf of real-analytic complex-valued functions ...
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### Tangent developable of helix.

Let $T$ be union of tangent lines to helix $C=(\cos x, \sin x,x)$. 1) I want to prove that $T - C$ is a smooth manifold and find equation for $T$. 2) I want to find how many times a line can ...
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### Soft: Why does the existence of a singularity cause problems for deRham cohmology?

I've heard that if a variety has a singularity then the deRham theory has "problems". What exactly are these? Im guessing there is some sort of issue with the defintion of a differential form, but ...
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### Cosine Inequality

Show that given three angles $A,B,C\ge0$ with $A+B+C=2\pi$ and any positive numbers $a,b,c$ we have $$bc\cos A + ca \cos B + ab \cos C \ge -\frac {a^2+b^2+c^2}{2}$$ This problem was given in the ...
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### Find the radius of the circle for given conditions

A circle with center at origin passes through three points $P$, $Q$ and $R$ with the line segment $PQ$ as its diameter along $x$-axis. A line passes through $P$ intersects the chord $QR$ at point $D$. ...
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### Construction new ellipse

Using a pencil the thread was pulled on the ellipse. Then the pencil started to rotate around the ellipse. How to prove that a new geometric figure which the pencil drew is also an ellipse (with the ...
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### How to transform (rotate) this hyperbola?

Given this hyperbola $x_1^2-x_2^2=1$, how do I transform it into $y_1y_2=1$? When I factor the first equation I get $(x_1+x_2)(x_1-x_2)=1$, so I thought $y_1=(x_1+x_2)$ and $y_2=(x_1-x_2)$. ...
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### Find the equations of the lines tangent to the circle $x^2+y^2=r^2$ that pass through the point $(a,0)$?

Find the equations of the lines tangent to the circle $x^2+y^2=r^2$ that pass through the point $(a,0)$. My book explains that the equation of this line is $y=m(x-a)$ and then we make the ...
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### Is the following a conic section

All vectors are in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and only $\mathbf{r} = \left[ x; y; z \right]$ is unknown. My question is does the following system define a conic section in the $x-y$ plane and, if so, how can I ...
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### Faster Alternative than Calculating Euclidian Distance to determine which Coordinate has Max Distance from a fixed coordinate (eg (0,0))

I am developing a program that needs me to determine which coordinate in a $2$-D figure has maximum distance from a fixed coordinate. Let me demonstrate: $3$ points: $(1,3), (2,2), (5,0)$; Fixed ...
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### Finding the transformation matrix of a projective transformation in RP^2

So I want to understand how to find the matrix that represents the projective transformation that sends 4 given points to 4 given images, I know that 4 points are necessary to determine it but I can't ...
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### Analytic-geometrical properties of dodecahedron

Consider the following projection of a dodecahedron: An equilateral triangle can be projected to make points $A, B, C, D, E, F$ intersect with it's edges. What would be the mathematical proof (if ...
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### About parametric equation of a line in $3$-space

$a.$ Given coordinates $(x, y, z )$ with origin $(0,0,0)$, parameterize the line through the points $(4,5,6)$ and $(1,2,3).$ $b.$ Take components of your answer to Part $(a)$ to give three ...
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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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### A variational strategy for finding a family of curves?

In a recent question, I asked for examples of families of distinct smooth curves with fixed area and perimeter (which for this question I will dub as doubly-isometric). That wording allows $C^1$ ...
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### finite morphism (algebraic) vs finite morphism (analytic)

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two algebraic varieties (reduced schemes of finite type) over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $f : X \to Y$ be a morphism of schemes. Let $X^{an}$, $Y^{an}$ and $f^{an}$ the corresponding ...
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### Locus of centre of circle in Lambert theorem

A beautiful theorem, when three tangents to a parabola form a triangle,the focus of the parabola lies on the circumcircle of the triangle. But what is the locus of the centre of the circumcircle of ...
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### Is there a Focal Point/Area/Line of a Parabola for not perpendicular Lines

I'm not sure if this is mathematical enough for this forum, since it's my first post, but please don't be too harsh! So my question is: If the incoming lines of a Parabola come in perpendicular to ...
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### Cauchy-Schwarz on a Euclidian Space

I was thinking about this proof of the cauchy-schwarz inequality, I wanna show that $$|\langle u,v\rangle|\leq|u||v|$$. We know that, $$|\langle u,v\rangle| = ||u||v|\cos{\theta}|$$ where $\theta$ ...
Suppose there is a large sphere of radius $R$. We want to pack it with smaller spheres. The volume of the smaller spheres change depending on where they are situated in the larger sphere. A smaller ...