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Make a point orbit another point, given time and a normal.

I am working in 3D space. I am trying to make a solar system model. known variables: center of orbit, C (x,y,z) normal, perpendicular to the orbit, N (x,y,z) radius of orbit, R time, position ...
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Incenter of Triangle in 3D

I'm trying to figure out how to find the incenter of a triangle with (x, y, z) coordinates for the verteces. I can find the lengths of the sides and the radius of the incircle from that, so I've ...
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Area of circle formed when sphere is sliced by a plane

First off, when a sphere is cut by a plane, is a circle always formed or does a ellipse get formed in some cases? If a circle is always formed, how do you prove it? Next, how would you find the area ...
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Calculating center line of curved pipe

I want to have have a disk move vertically through a curved pipe. The pipe shape and size will be constant, the overall position and rotation in a 3d space will be random. Is it possible to calculate ...
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Finding the coordinates of the top and bottom circles of a moving and rotating cylinder in 3D

I have a cylinder that is moving and rotating in a 3D space. I need to calculate the coordinates of the center of the cylinder's top and bottom circles. Here's the information I have : I have at the ...
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Determine if a point is contained in the circle in 3d space

I have a problem where I need to determine if a point is contained in the area of a circle in 3d space. For my circle, I have the radius (R), the position of the center (C) and a normal vector to the ...
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Find equation of the circular cross section of a unit sphere

I have a unit sphere in Cartesian coordinates: $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 1$ or in spherical coordinates: $x = \rho \sin(\phi) \cos(\theta)\\ y = \rho \sin(\phi) \sin(\theta)\\ z = \rho \cos(\phi)$ I ...
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3D Circle/ground intersection

This one stumps me: A circle in 3D space given by its center = $(0.15, 0.5, 1.0)$, its radius $=64$ and an orientation vector that points away from the circle's plane $(0.251, -0.796, 0.551)$ How ...
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Is the value of $\pi$ in 2d the same in 3d? [closed]

I am starting with my question with the note "Assume no math skills". Given that, all down votes are welcomed. (At the expense of better understanding of course!) Given my first question: What is ...
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Turn any shape to circle

I'm looking at trying to calculate and re position 3d vectors to align in a new position to form a circle. I've achieved this already however only when all points are evenly distributed in the same ...
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Calculate vector position

I'm trying to calculate & move vertices to their average "radius" and form a circle from these new positions. Example: I have 8 vertices selected, I have a little script in Maya that will iterate ...
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3D intersection point between circle and triangle

Given a 3D triangle with vertices $(v0, v1, v2)$ and a 3D circle of radius $r$, centered at $c$, and lying in the plane perpendicular to $axis$, how can I test for intersection points between them? ...
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3-D equation of a circle

I came across a sum but could not solve it as i dont know the 3d equations of a circle : The sum is If $A(3,-2,2)$ and $B(2,9,5)$ are the end points of a diameter of a circle,then the third pt that ...
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Parametric Equation of a Circle in 3D Space?

So, my dilemma here is... I have an axis. This axis is given to me in the format of the slope of the axis in the x,y and z axes. I need to come up with a parametric equation of a circle. This circle ...
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Coloring a sphere with minimum colors (with constraints)

This is a problem we've been considering in our undergraduate math club, and I thought it would be nice to get further thoughts on the subject. I will start with a two dimensional case and then ...
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Formula for gallons in a trough

I have a trough which is a circular container. How do I determine how many gallons of water it takes to fill up the trough? I was thinking that we measure the height and the width but I think it's a ...