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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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Euler angles and gimbal lock

Can someone show mathematically how gimbal lock happens when doing matrix rotation with Euler angles for yaw, pitch, roll? I'm having a hard time understanding what is going on even after reading ...
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Dot Product Intuition

I'm searching to develop the intuition (rather than memorization) in relating the two forms of a dot product (by an angle theta between the vectors and by the components of the vector ). For ...
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How to prove that a torus has the same volume as a cylinder (with the height equal to the torus' perimeter)

I want to find the volume of a torus with a given thickness and a given radius. Let r be the radius of a circle with its midpoint at $M(0|b)$ ($b \geq r$). Now I want to rotate this circle about the ...
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Converting triangles to isosceles, equilateral or right???

I've been wrecking my brain with this problem and I really hope you can help me. You see I have a triangle that is either an isosceles or equilateral or right and I have to find a way to: 1)Convert it ...
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Convert Equilateral triangle to Isosceles triangle

Let an equilateral triangle have the length of each side an integer $N$. I need to find if it is possible to transform the triangle keeping two sides fixed and alter the third side such that it still ...
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How to find shortest distance between two skew lines in 3D?

If given 2 lines $\alpha$ and $\beta$, that are created by 2 points: A and B 2 plane intersection I want to find shortest distance between them. $$\left\{\begin{array}{c} P_1=x_1X+y_1Y+z_1Z+C=0 ...
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Triangle Formula for alternative Points

With this formula I tried to calculate the third point in a triangle: http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1553606/126977 I know the length between the two point points and the angles at this corners: ...
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How can I find the surface area of a normal chicken egg?

This morning, I had eggs for breakfast, and I was looking at the pieces of broken shells and thought "What is the surface area of this egg?" The problem is that I have no real idea about how to find ...
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Volumes of n-balls: what is so special about n=5?

The volume of an $n$-dimensional ball of radius $1$ is given by the classical formula $$V_n=\frac{\pi^{n/2}}{\Gamma(n/2+1)}.$$ For small values of $n$, we have $$V_1=2\qquad$$ $$V_2\approx 3.14$$ ...
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Prove Existence of a Circle

There are two circles with radius $1$, $c_{A}$ and ${c}_{B}$. They intersect at two points $U$ and $V$. $A$ and $B$ are two regular $n$-gons such that $n > 3$, which are inscribed into $c_{A}$ and ...
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Why does volume go to zero?

The volume of a $d$ dimensional hypersphere of radius $r$ is given by: $$V(r,d)=\frac{(\pi r^2)^{d/2}}{\Gamma\left(\frac{d}{2}+1\right)}$$ What intrigues me about this, is that $V\to 0$ as ...
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How to determine the arc length of ellipse?

I want to determine the arc length of a ellipse. So what data should I know ? And what law should I use ? For example I have this ellipse on picture below: How can I determine the $d$ length of ...
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Equation of a rectangle

I need to graph a rectangle on the Cartesian coordinate system. Is there an equation for a rectangle? I can't find it anywhere.
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A Regular Tetrahedron is a cool Polyhedron.

A regular tetrahedron has this property: For any two of its vertices exists a third vertex, which forms a regular triangle with these 2 vertices.(It doesn't necessarily have to be a face of it). Are ...
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Polynomial approximation of circle or ellipse

Trying again, with a somewhat simpler sounding question, since my previous one (Generalizations of equi-oscillation criterion) got zero response: Let $F:[0,1] \to R^2$ be a parametric polynomial ...
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A circle with infinite radius is a line

I am curious about the following diagram: The image implies a circle of infinite radius is a line. Intuitively, I understand this, but I was wondering whether this problem could be stated and ...
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How to find the center of an ellipse?

I have the following data:- I have two points ($P_1$, $P_2$) that lie somewhere on the ellipse's circumference. I know the angle ($\alpha$) that the major-axis subtends on x-axis. I have both the ...
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Geometric construction of hyperbolic trigonometric functions

If we have a circle we can geometrically construct the trigonometric functions as shown. The functions all derive from sin and cos. If we say that the circle is a conic section and imagine it on the ...
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Why is the inradius of any triangle at most half its circumradius?

Is there any geometrically simple reason why the inradius of a triangle should be at most half its circumradius? I end up wanting the fact for this answer. I know of two proofs of this fact. Proof ...
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How do I convert the distance between two lat/long points into feet/meters?

I've been reading around the net and everything I find is really confusing. I just need a formula that will get me 95% there. I have a tool that outputs the distance between two lat/long points. ...
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Maximum value of $\sin A+\sin B+\sin C$?

What is the maximum value of $\sin A+\sin B+\sin C$ in a triangle $ABC$. My book says its $3\sqrt3/2$ but I have no idea how to prove it. Can anyone help? :)
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Implementation of Monotone Cubic Interpolation

I'm in need to implement Monotone Cubic Interpolation for interpolate a sequence of points. The information I have about the points are x,y and timestamp. I'm much more an IT guy rather than a ...
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Area of the field that the cow can graze.

How do we find the area that the cow can graze? The question goes as follows-- There is a circular barn house surrounded by a huge grazing field. A cow is tied to the rope ($AB$) at the end $A$ as ...
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Equivalence of the two cosine definitions

There are at least two ways to define the cosine function: You can define it with a right triangle in the unit circle and extend the definition to $\mathbb{R}$. (classic definition) The other ...
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Do projections onto convex sets always decrease distances?

Suppose $(M, d)$ is some $\ell_p$ metric space (not necessarily Euclidean), and $C \subseteq M$ is a closed convex set. Consider the projection function $f_C:M\rightarrow C$ defined such that: ...
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Evaluating $\int_a^b \frac12 r^2\ \mathrm d\theta$ to find the area of an ellipse

I'm finding the area of an ellipse given by $\frac{x^2}{a^2}+\frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$. I know the answer should be $\pi ab$ (e.g. by Green's theorem). Since we can parameterize the ellipse as ...
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Find the area of largest rectangle that can be inscribed in an ellipse

The actual problem reads: Find the area of the largest rectangle that can be inscribed in the ellipse $$\frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1.$$ I got as far as coming up with the equation ...
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Check Points are line, triangle, circle or rectangle

How to determine geometric properties of four distinct points in a plane (x1,y1), (x2,y2), (x3,y3), (x4,y4) represented in the 2-D Cartesian coordinate system, whether these four points are on a ...
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Integral solutions of hyperboloid $x^2+y^2-z^2=1$

Are there integral solutions to the equation $x^2+y^2-z^2=1$?
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How to find the third coordinate of a right triangle given 2 coordinates and lengths of each side

p2 |\ |b\ | \ A| \C | \ |c___a\ p1 B p3 If given point p1 & p2, side A & B how would you find point p3? I know given this information you ...
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Flag manifold to Complex Projective line

I am trying to get some intuition about the simplest flag manifold $ U(2)/T^2 $ which is apparently given by $ CP^1\cong S^2 $ . I have understood the stereographic projection of $ S^2 $ onto the ...
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Calculate Point Coordinates

As you can see, In the image a rectangle gets translated to another position in the coordinates System. The origin Coordinates are A1(8,2) B1(9,3) from the length ...
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For what $n$ does a hyperbolic regular $n$-gon exist around a circle?

Does there exist a relationship in terms of $r$ and $n$ to represent how large $n$ must be if $r$ of the circle is given in the hyperbolic plane? (The edges of the regular $n$-gon are tangent to the ...
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What's the intuition behind Pythagoras' theorem?

Today we learned about Pythagoras' theorem. Sadly, I can't understand the logic behind it. $A^{2} + B^{2} = C^{2}$ $C^{2} = (5 \text{ cm})^2 + (7 \text{ cm})^2$ $C^{2} = 25 \text{ cm}^2 + 49 ...
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Volume of Region in 5D Space

I need to find the volume of the region defined by $$\begin{align*} a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2&\leq1,\\ a^2+b^2+c^2+e^2&\leq1,\\ a^2+b^2+d^2+e^2&\leq1,\\ a^2+c^2+d^2+e^2&\leq1 &\text{ ...
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Books on classical geometry

I'm curious to whether you guys have any tips on book concerning classical euclidean geometry. I'd like somewhat of an advanced treatment, around the same level as Coxeter's "Geometry revisited". I'd ...
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Is there more than one way to divide the “L”-shaped tromino into four congruent, connected pieces?

Recently my sister-in-law, who is training to become a high school mathematics teacher, asked me the following question: Consider the following polygon constructed by adjoining three squares of ...
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Why is the volume of a cone one third of the volume of a cylinder?

The volume of a cone with height $h$ and radius $r$ is $\frac{1}{3} \pi r^2 h$, which is exactly one third the volume of the smallest cylinder that it fits inside. This can be proved easily by ...
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Why is the Möbius strip not orientable?

I am trying to understand the notion of an orientable manifold. Let M be a smooth n-manifold. We say that M is orientable if and only if there exists an atlas $A = \{(U_{\alpha}, \phi_{\alpha})\}$ ...
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How to find perpendicular vector to another vector?

How do I find a vector perpendicular to a vector like this: $$3\mathbf{i}+4\mathbf{j}-2\mathbf{k}?$$ Could anyone explain this to me, please? I have a solution to this when I have ...
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Covering ten dots on a table with ten equal-sized coins: explanation of proof

Note: This question has been posted on StackOverflow. I have moved it here because: I am curious about the answer The OP has not shown any interest in moving it himself In the Communications of ...
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Product of cosines: $ \prod_{r=1}^{7} \cos \frac{r\pi}{15} $

Evaluate $$ \prod_{r=1}^{7} \cos {\dfrac{r\pi}{15}} $$ I tried trigonometric identities of product of cosines, i.e, $$\cos\text{A}\cdot\cos\text{B} = \dfrac{1}{2}[ \cos(A+B)+\cos(A-B)] ...
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What does the dot product of two vectors represent?

I know how to calculate the dot product of two vectors alright. However, it is not clear to me what, exactly, does the dot product represent. The product of two numbers, $2$ and $3$, we say that it ...
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Parametrizing implicit algebraic curves

Back in the day, I was absolutely enthralled by the study of plane curves and their properties (I have Lockwood and Zwikker to thank). I learned early on that for the purposes of generating plots on a ...
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Do circles divide the plane into more regions than lines?

In this post it is mentioned that $n$ straight lines can divide the plane into a maximum number of $(n^{2}+n+2)/2$ different regions. What happens if we use circles instead of lines? That is, what ...
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Is it possible to solve any Euclidean geometry problem using a computer?

By "problem", I mean a high-school type geometry problem. If no, is there other set of axioms that allows that? If yes, are there any software that does that? I did a search, but was not able to ...
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Probability that the convex hull of random points contains sphere's center

What is the probability that the convex hull of n+2 random points on n-dimensional sphere contains sphere's center?
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Why does the focus of a rolling parabola trace a catenary?

I keep hearing that when one rolls a parabola on a straight line, the focus traces a catenary. I kept trying to find a proof on the Internet, but no dice. How does one prove this to be true?
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Check if a point is within an ellipse

I have an ellipse centered at $(h,k)$, with semi-major axis $r_x$, semi-minor axis $r_y$, both aligned with the Cartesian plane. How do I determine if a point $(x,y)$ is within the area bounded by ...