# Tagged Questions

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

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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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### Prove the theorem on analytic geometry in the picture.

I discovered this elegant theorem in my facebook feed. Does anyone have any idea how to prove? Formulations of this theorem can be found in the answers and the comments. You are welcome to join in ...
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### False proof: $\pi = 4$, but why?

Note: Over the course of this summer, I have taken both Geometry and Precalculus, and I am very excited to be taking Calculus 1 next year (Sophomore for me). In this question, I will use things that I ...
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### What is this beauty curve?

Consider the following shape which is produced by dividing the line between $0$ and $1$ on $x$ and $y$ axes into $n=16$ parts. Question 1: What is the curve $f$ when $n\rightarrow \infty$? ...
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### Why are we justified in using the real numbers to do geometry?

Context: I'm taking a course in geometry (we see affine, projective, inversive, etc, geometries) in which our basic structure is a vector space, usually $\mathbb{R}^2$. It is very convenient, and also ...
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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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Today, I encountered a rather fascinating problem in a waiting room: Notice how the light is being cast on the wall? There is a curve that defines the boundary between light and shadow. In my ...
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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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### Intuition why the volume and surface area of the unit sphere eventually decrease

The volume formula for a unit sphere, $$\frac{\pi^{n/2}}{\Gamma{(1 + n/2)}},$$ and the surface area formula, $$\frac{2\pi^{n/2}}{\Gamma{(n/2)}},$$ both attain maximum values for finite $n$. We can ...
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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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### Can you prove why consecutive diagonal intersection points show decreasing fractions inside a rectangle?

When I was in third grade, I was playing with rectangles and diagonal lines, and discovered something very interesting with fractions. I've shown several math teachers and professors over the years, ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### How can the centers of these 5 related circles be specified as a formula?

This is my first time posting in this forum, so please forgive me if my question is too involved or if I've posted it in the wrong area. I hope someone finds it interesting enough to try their hand at ...
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### How to know if a point is inside a circle?

Having a circle with the centre $(x_c, y_c)$ with the radius $r$ how to know whether a point $(x_p, y_p)$ is inside the circle?
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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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### The intersections of 2 circles

Lets consider the following (random) question: Find the intersections of the circles $c_1: x^2+y^2=25$ and $c_2: (x-2)^2 + (y-3)^2=9$ In order to solve this we can do $c_2-c_1$, which leaves us with ...
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### Prove that $|PF_{1}|+|PF_{2}|$ is Constant in an Elipse

Given an elipse with two focus $F_{1}$ an $F_{2}$, and $A$ is an arbitrary point at the elipse. Stright line $AF_{1}$ has another intersection point $B$ with the elipse, and $AF_{2}$ has another ...
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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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### Mathematical properties of two dimensional projection of three dimensional rotated object

Please be gentle as I do not have any degree in maths. By using a compass/straighedge method to construct Metatron's cube, a regular dodecahedron can be inferred from intersecting points. I'm looking ...
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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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### How to think of $\vec{u}-\vec{v}$

Assume I have two vectors, $\vec{u}$ and $\vec{v}$. I know that I can think of their sum via Triangle or Parallelogram Law, but I'm having trouble knowing which way the vector would point depending on ...
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### Can asymptotes be curved?

When I was first introduced to the idea of an asymptote, I was taught about horizontal asymptotes (of form $y=a$) and vertical ones ( of form $x=b$). I was then shown oblique asymptotes-- slanted ...
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### How to find the distance between two planes?

The following show you the whole question. Find the distance d bewteen two planes \begin{eqnarray} \\C1:x+y+2z=4 \space \space~~~ \text{and}~~~ \space \space C2:3x+3y+6z=18.\\ \end{eqnarray} ...
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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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### 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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### A curve that intersects every plane in finitely but arbitrarily many points

Does there exist a piecewise smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$ such that every plane intersects the curve at finitely many points and the number of intersection points can be arbitrary large? If the ...
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### Intuition for a certain tensor product.

Tensor products occur in lots of places and until recently I thought I understood them at least reasonably well. During the past few weeks, however, I've attended several talks where the tensor ...
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### Equation of plane passing containing the intersection of other two planes, with a fixed distance to the origin.

Hello all this is my first math question, I hope this is the right place to post. Anyway, this is basic stuff but I'm a bit confused here, here's the problem's legend: "Find the equation of the plane ...
### Is there a name for the curve $t \mapsto (t,t^2,t^3)$?
Is there a name for the curve given by the parametrization $\{(t,t^2,t^3); t\in\mathbb R\}$? Here is a plot from WA. An another plot for $t$ from $0$ to $1$. This curve is an example of a ...