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### Intuitive affirmation on convex sets

Let $D_1, D_2$ two open, bounded and convex domain in $R^n$. Suppose that $D_2 \supset \overline{D_1}$, and the boundaries of these sets are of class $C^1$. Fix $x \in \partial D_1$ and suppose that ...
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### Computing the tangential and cross components of one quantity using gnomonic projection

I have a spin-2 field given called shape distortion of galaxies as $$\gamma=\gamma_1+i\gamma_2=|\gamma|e^{-2i\phi}$$ where $\phi$ is the orientation angle. If this quantity has been measured on ...
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### Is a Möbius Strip in > 4 dimensions impossible?

I seem to remember reading, on a plaque in the math building at Penn State, that Möbius Strips are only possible in 3 and 4 dimensions. In higher dimensional spaces, a Möbius strip will use the extra ...
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### What is geometry, algebra, or topology?

I have trouble grasping the notion of geometry, algebra, and topology. An example is when someone might say, "I study the geometry of jet spaces" or "I study the lie algebras". What does it mean for a ...
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### Why does the coefficients of the expansion of (2x+1)^n produce the elements of the hypercube?

Why does the coefficients of the expansion of $(2x+1)^n$ produce the elements of the hypercube? For elements I mean the number of vertices, edges, square faces, cubes, hypercubes, etc that the next ...
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### Radial Division of a Figure into Equal Parts

Given an $n$-gon, $P$, for which numbers $k$ must there exist a point $x$ so that there are $k$ equally spaced rays emanating from $x$ which divide $P$ into $k$ equal area parts? For $k=2$ we can ...
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### About the interior ball condition of a convex set with C^1 boundary

Let $\Omega$ an open bounded and convex domain in $R^n$. Suppose that the boundary of this set is $C^1$. Then $\Omega$ satisfies the interior ball condition for all boundary points? Intuitively ...
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### A Homeomorphism that is not unique even upto Isotopy

I'm currently reading the following paper by Richard Skora, entitled Cantor sets in $S^3$ with simply connected complements found here, and on page 2, just before Theorem 1, it says "the homeomorphism ...
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### Packing infinitely many ellipses into a circle

Given a circle $C$, and an infinite set $S$ of mutually disjoint ellipses which are inside and tangent to $C$, prove that there must exist a disk $D$ which lies inside $C$ but outside every ellipse. ...
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### Why doesn't a metric give an isomorphism $TX \cong T^*X$?

Any smooth manifold $X$ admits a Riemannian metric $g$, and we have a map $$TX \to T^*X, \qquad (x, v) \mapsto (x, g(v,-))$$ which is smooth if $g$ is. Why isn't this an isomorphism of vector ...
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### Cw complex $\Sigma_g$

Consider the oriented connected compact surface $\Sigma_g$ of genus $g$ with its standard CW structure. How do I write down the attaching map for the single $2$-cell and how can it be proven that it ...
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### How to distinguish walking on a sphere or on a torus?

Imagine that you're a flatlander walking in your world. How could you distinguish if the world is a sphere or a torus ? I can't see the difference from this point of view. If you are interested, this ...
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### Rolfsen exercise, chord theorem

Here's a problem from Rolfsen's Knots and Links that has me scratching my head: Show that there is always a counterexample to the "chord theorem" if $n$ is not an integer. [Hint: In attempting to ...
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### Find close points by grouping points in n-dimensional space

I know I already asked a similar question over here: Finding the closest point in a set to another point in n-dimensional space: efficiently But now my question is different. I have many points ...
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### Finding the closest point in a set to another point in n-dimensional space: efficiently

I'm a programmer and am working on writing an efficient algorithm that, given a point P in n-dimensional space, can find the closest point from a set of points. For ...
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### Definition singular manifold

I'm looking for the definition of a singular manifold. I haven't found it yet. For instance, in $\mathbb{R}^4$, with $f(x,y,z,t)=xy-zt$, $f^{-1}(0)$ is a singular submanifold. I only found a few ...
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### Covering of Riemann sphere

The question consists of several parts: What is the simply connected ramified covering of the Riemann sphere with ramification indexes {2. 3. 5} over three points of RS in every preimage of these ...
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### Finite family of subtori in the torus $(S^{1})^{n}$

Working on a problem on matroids, I've already ask a question about some subtori. Here's the link to a previous problem: Topological subspace in $(S^{1})^{n}$ Anyway, here's another problem related ...
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### Is there a smooth map from the square to the deltoid?

Is there a $C^\infty$ map between a unit square in $\mathbb R^2$ and a deltoid like this one The deltoid is obtained by varying the angles $\theta_1$, $\theta_2$ in the equations \begin{align} x_2 ...
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