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Is it possible to split a unit cube in such way?

Is it possible to split a three-dimensional unit cube into $42$ tetrahedrons of equal volume with nonoverlapping interiors? The two-dimesional case is discussed in Paul Monsky, American Mathematical ...
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Problem with similarity of triangles and median.

I have the next problem: In the next image, MN // AB, PN = NC, QM = 8, BM = 6 and MC = 9. Calculate PM. First I tried to find similarities in the triangles formed by the parallel sides, ABC and ...
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I am not able to construct a finite model for incidence axioms and axiom of parallels

Disclaimer: I had probably used some kind of "extended" set of incidence axioms, which also includes planes. Even though this is part of my homework, I seriously doubt this is what I was expected to ...
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Proving that $AJ$ bisects $KL$?

Let $ABC$ be an acute triangle, and its incircle touch the sides $AB$ and $AC$ at $K$ and $L$. Let $J$ be the incenter of $\triangle BCD$, where $D$ is a point on $AC$ such that $BD=AB$. Prove that ...
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Rotation over a straight line to maintain orientation [on hold]

I have a line with these points $(10, 2), (6, 8)$. And I have a camera attached to an arm where the center of the arm located at $(-4, -4)$. I need to move the camera over the line while keeping the ...
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Are 'similar' differentials equal? Specifics enclosed.

I'm trying to show that two infinitesimally small changes in an angle are actually equal, i.e. I want to say that $d\phi = d\phi '$, where the change in $\phi '$ is caused by a change in $\phi$. Here ...
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Question regarding vectors within a circle in an $x$- and $y$-plane.

In an $x$ and $y$ coordinate plane, with respect to the points $A, B$, and $C$ on a circle of radius $1$, find the minimum value of $\vec {AB} \cdot \vec {AC}$ So far, taking $O$ as the origin I've ...
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Proof for $\forall x \in [0, \frac{\pi}{2}]\quad \sin(x) \ge \frac{x}{2}$

What is the proof for $\forall x \in [0, \frac{\pi}{2}]\quad \sin(x) \ge \frac{x}{2}$ ? Assuming it is true.
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Blocks in a layer? $X$ layers of blocks in a triangle, which $Y$ being the total number of blocks… (w/o using triangular numbers) [on hold]

I have $32$ layers of blocks in a triangle. However, for the sake of variation, let's call that $X$. I have $1000$ square blocks total. We'll call those $Y$. The first layer of the triangle has $1$ ...
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Figuring out the major axis and minor axis of a 3D ellipse

If a 3d ellipse S={(x,y,z)|(x^2)/(2t) + y^2 less than or equal to one, z=t, 1/2 less than or equal to t less than or equal to 1} The answer book gives the major axis to be 1, but shouldn't the major ...
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Parametrizing regions of complex plane

Let $\Omega=\mathbb{C}\setminus \lbrace t e^{it} \ \vert t \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq0} \rbrace$ I need to write $\Omega= \coprod_{i=0}^{\infty} R_i$ where each $R_i$ is the region bounded by from $t=2k ...
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What separates the dot product from the scalar projection?

Just a little problem with geometric intuition here (or perhaps I just haven't slept in far too long!). I know that the scalar projection of vectors $ \vec{u} $ and $ \vec{v} $ is defined as $ ...
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Defining the equation of an ellipse in the complex plane

Usually the equation for an ellipse in the complex plane is defined as $\lvert z-a\rvert + \lvert z-b\rvert = c$ where $c>\lvert a-b\rvert$. If we start with a real ellipse, can we define it in ...
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Sum of a convex set and a complement of a convex set

In $\mathbb R^n$ equipped with the Euclidean norm, let $B$ be a convex set and $A$ be a subset such that $\mathbb R^n\setminus A$ is a convex set. Is it true that $A+B$ is a complement of a convex ...
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Find equation of ellipse given two tangent lines at given points and a point on ellipse

I'm attempting to generate an ellipse for a stair simulation game of mine, and the inputs are: A point on the ellipse The slope of the tangent line to the ellipse at that point Another point ...
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Gradient of a line using Pythagora's theorem

I've been trying to solve a question but I am having some difficulties. See the below diagram. I also know that the gradient of line c is twice as high as b i.e. c rises twice as fast as b. ...
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does the volume of a ball remain constant under deformation?

I'm a psychology student and was reading Piaget, he says that the volume of a sphere (ball of clay) remains constant if we deform the sphere into a roll for example, If you take the limit case of the ...
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Prove that if $l$ is a line in the classical euclidean plane, then there is a point $p$ that lies on $l$

Suppose that $\mathbb{P}$ is a Classical Euclidean Plane (satisfies all five of Euclid's postulates). Can you prove that if $L$ is a line in $\mathbb{P}$, then there is at least one point $p$ in ...
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show that two angles in a circumcircle are equal

We have the following circumcircle to ARP where PR = PQ are tangents to the smaller circle I need to show that the angle a = the angle b, which is equivalent to show that RP = AP', or show that the ...
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Euclidean Geometry challenge.

Can someone help me on this one? I have found that $\frac{1}{(x+1)^2}+1=\frac{1}{x^2}$, but I can't solve the fourth degree equation that comes with it. There must be a easier way!
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Explanation for relationship between hypotenuse segments and leg lengths?

|` | ` x | ` | ` c a | z /` | / ` y |_/ ` |/|_____` b I'm new to this SE, but I have an SO account, so hello! Can ...
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How to understand sinus?

In $\Delta PQR$ we have $\angle PQR=60^\circ$, $QR=4$ and $PR=a$. For which values of $a$ are there 0, 1 and 2 triangles matching the description? I think I'm supposed to use the law of sines, ...
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Construction of a triangle given some special points ($O,H,I$)

I'm a newbie in this site. I tried to search if this question was already answered but I'm not sure on how to do it. The problem is: given three distincts points $O,H,I$ namely the circumcenter, the ...
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Finding a plane where a vector lies (and generating its normal)

I have a vector in homogeneous coordinates $l = (a,b,1)$ and want to calculate a plane from it (for later doing intersections in 3D coordinates and calculate collision coordinates) with regards to the ...
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I don't understand this from my lecture note. What is described by $x=X(\xi)$? Why $\xi(t)$ is a curve since $\xi \in R^{m-1}$?

I don't understand this from my lecture note. What is described by $x=X(\xi)$? Why $\xi(t)$ is a curve since $\xi \in R^{m-1}$?
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Geometric proof concerning circles

From a point P outside a circle draw two tangents to the circle touching at points $A$ and $B$. draw a secant line intersecting the circle at points $C$ and $D$. choose point $Q$ on chord $CD$ such ...
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Triangle in parabola

I have a problem. In my triangle one vertex is in the vertex of the parabola and two others are in parabola. This is a isosceles triangle and I know one angle in this triangle : 120 grades. The ...
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Difference in (the concept of the distance between a line and a point) between Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometry

What is the difference in (the concept of the distance between a line and a point on a graph) between Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometry. Is this concept the same in all kinds of geometry??
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Can ellipse equation be transformed through one of its foci?

Can we transform ellipse equation to represent an ellipse transformed by tilting it through its focus such that its center point moves in circular manner and one of its focus stays at constant ...
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Weil divisors fail over singular varieties

Let be $k$ an algebraically closed field. We know that if $X$ is an irreducibile, normal variety, one can associate to every rational function $(f)\in k(X)^*$ a Weil principal divisor $$(f)=\sum_{Y} ...
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Crossed Ladders Problem

Two ladders, one 10 meters long and the other 8 meters [long], have been placed in a trench as indicated in the opposite figure. Their point of intersection, M, is 3 meters from the base of the ...
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Rational representation of conics

Currently I'm beginning my study of rational curves (Rational Bezier and NURBS) all books that I've read tell me that is "well known" that conics can't be represented by Bezier or even a B-Spline. ...
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How can I use Menelaus' theorem here (Simson line)?

Given 4 points on a circle A, B, C, and P. Draw the orthogonal projections of P onto triangle ABC and call them $P_1, P_2,P_3$. Show that $P_1, P_2,P_3$ are collinear. After drawing this out, I ...
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Proving that $2$-D parabolic coordinates are orthogonal

How can we prove that the parabolic coordinate system in two dimensions is orthogonal? I tried using the dot product, but don't know where to start or what basis vectors can be used in two dimensions. ...
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How would I use vectors for this geometry problem?

Consider a quadrilateral ABCD. K, L, M, N are the midpoints of the segments AB, BC, CD, DA respectively. O is the intersection point of LN, KM. Let P and Q be the middle points of the diagonals AC ...
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Trisecting the sides of a triangle.

Consider the hexagon formed by the six points which trisect the sides of a triangle(two on each side). Is is true that when we connect opposite points in this hexagon, the lines intersect at a single ...
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Distance between four points

I have four points as shown in this figure: I want to calculate one vector for all these points. So, what would be the correct way: 1) I take the vector between $A-B, B-C, C-D$ and add them $(A-B ...
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Is there a name for this special, “most parallel” ultraparallel line in hyperbolic geometry?

Suppose you're in the hyperbolic plane, and you have a line L and a point P not through L. There are an infinite number of lines parallel to L that go through P. However, there's one line M which is ...
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Is it possible to find the area of a shape from its perimeter?

Is it possible to find the area of a free form shape knowing the perimeter? An example would be a clover leaf shape. If the perimeter is 96 how would I know what the area would be?
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a valuable question about differential geometry, the curve$\beta(s)=\alpha(s)-rn(s)$

Let $\alpha(s)$,s$\in [0,l]$ be a closed convex plane curve positively oriented. The curve $$\beta(s)=\alpha(s)-rn(s)$$,where r is a positive constant and n is the normal vector, is called a parallel ...
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27 Lines on a Cubic

In Ravi Vakil's notes, there is a proof (in section 27, of course) of the famous result that every nonsingular cubic hypersurface in $\mathbb{P}^3_k$ over an algebraically closed field $k$ has exactly ...
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Intercept planet following an elliptical path (i.e. interplanetary space travel)

So, just as in this question (Intercept path to object following an elliptical path) I have a simple game where I want spaceships to intercept planets, which follow elliptical paths (in my case ...
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The lines with equations $y = 5x − 6$ and $10x + cy = 8$ are perpendicular, find c [on hold]

The lines with equations $y = 5x − 6$ and $10x + cy = 8$ are perpendicular. Find the value of c. Well, I am not sure even where to start
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How can I find the common axis of 2 cones in space that have the same base radius but different heights?

How do I find the 3D vector describing the axis of 2 overlapping cones, like this: If I have only the following information: Coordinates of the common tip Coordinates of a point on the yellow ...
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Showing there is a cartesian coordinate system on EG.

I'm pretty sure I should just show there is a bijection between the points in EG and elements of R^2. How do I do this? note: EG=Euclidean Geometry
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Questions on curvilinear asymptotes

I just saw curvilinear asymptote which sort of fascinated me. A little bit of thinking raised two questions for which I couldn't get the the answer by googling. Is there a general method to find a ...
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Line between points in projective space?

I am trying to find the line through the points $(0 : 1 : 0)$ and $(1 : 1 : 1)$ in $\mathbb P^2$ and $(0 :1 : 0: 1)$ and $(1: 1: 1: 0)$ in $\mathbb P^3.$ Would the first line be the set of points ...
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Formula to calculate angle on a fan or semicircle

How do I calculate the angle shown in the picture given the height, width, and the arc deduction of $2$? I had applied the Right Triangles formula to calculate the hypotenuse: $h^2 = a^2 + ...
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find a point such that the distance between this point and a plane is equal to the distance between another point and a line [on hold]

I have: $r:(2,1,0)+\lambda(0,4,-3) \qquad \pi:4y-3z-4=0 \qquad A=(2,4,4)$. I have to find a point $C$ such that $d(C,\pi)=d(A,r)$ where $d$ is the distance
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Can Magnification/Scaling (transformation) be prepresented by a vector?

Vectors represent three bits of information: Magnitude, Line of Action, and Direction. A Translation (transformation) can be represented by a vector: object is moved By so much (magnitude) Along a ...