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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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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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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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How can a piece of A4 paper be folded in exactly three equal parts?

This is something that always annoys me when putting an A4 letter in a oblong envelope: one has to estimate where to put the creases when folding the letter. I normally start from the bottom and on ...
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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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A circle rolls along a parabola

I'm thinking about a circle rolling along a parabola. Would this be a parametric representation? $(t + A\sin (Bt) , Ct^2 + A\cos (Bt) )$ A gives us the radius of the circle, B changes the frequency ...
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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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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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Geometric explanation of $\sqrt 2 + \sqrt 3 \approx \pi$

Just curious, is there a geometry picture explanation to show that $\sqrt 2 + \sqrt 3 $ is close to $ \pi $?
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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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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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Geometry Book Recommendation?

Can someone recommend a good basic book on Geometry? Let me be more specific on what I am looking for. I'd like a book that starts with Euclid's definitions and postulates and goes on from there to ...
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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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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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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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Sheaves and complex analysis

A complex analysis professor once told me that "sheaves are all over the place" in complex analysis. Of course one can define the sheaf of holomorphic functions: if $U\subset \mathbf{C}$ (or ...
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Coloring the faces of a hypercube

I will restate the 3-D version of the problem. In how many ways can you color a regular cube with 2 colors up to a rotational isometry. The answer is of course a special case of Burnsides Lemma which ...
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Decomposing an Affine transformation

An affine transformation is composed of rotations, translations, scaling and shearing. In 2D, such a transformation can be represented using an augmented matrix by $$ \begin{bmatrix} \vec{y} \\ 1 ...
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Calculating Distance of a Point from an Ellipse Border

I'm thinking about using oriented ellipses to represent curves (dents/bumps etc.) in my physics engine, and have a few questions about working with them: What methods are there to finding the ...
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Is there a free subgroup of rank 3 in $SO_3$?

There are known free subgroups of rank 2 in the set of rotations about the origin in $\mathbb{R}^3$, $SO_3$. For instance, the rotations by angle $\arccos \frac {1}{3}$ about the $z$- and $x$-axis ...
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Visual Ways to Remember Cross products of Unit vectors? Cross-product in $\mathbb F^3$?

Objective to find visual and accessible ways to remember this formula fast $$(x,y,z)\times(u,v,w)=(yw-zv,zu-xw,xv-yu)$$ I have used Sarrus' rule but it is slow, more here. Since it is slow, I have ...
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Height of a tetrahedron

How do I calculate: The height of a regular tetrahedron, side length 1. Just to be completely clear, by height I mean if you placed the shape on a table, how high up would the highest point be from ...
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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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Determine angle x using only elementary geometry

Using only elementary geometry, determine angle x. You may not use trigonometry, such as sines and cosines, the law of sines, the law of cosines, etc.
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“World's Hardest Easy Geometry Problem”

This question is a "corollary" (if you will) to the World's Hardest Easy Geometry Problem (external website). Formally, this is called Langley's Problem. The objective of that problem was to solve for ...
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Determing the distance from a line segment to a point in 3-space

Imagine I have a line segment defined by endpoints $p_1$ and $p_2$, and some 3-space coordinate $q$. Is there a robust (in the sense of never giving divide-by-zero errors) way to quickly determine ...
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How to tile a sphere with points at an even density?

I'm writing a bit of code to plot twitter usage across the globe. To do this, I'm searching for users within n km of a certain longitude/latitude (a circular area), at many different lat/lon ...
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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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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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How do I measure distance on a globe?

I have a $3$-D sphere of radius $R$, centered at the origin. $(x_1,y_1,z_1)$ and $(x_2,y_2,z_2)$ are two points on the sphere. The Euclidean distance is easy to calculate, but what if I were to ...
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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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Trapezoid Root Mean Square

I'm trying to prove that length of the line $AB$, parallel to both bases of a trapezoid, that cuts a trapezoid into two trapezoids of equal area is the Root Mean Square of the bases. In other words, ...
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A line which bisects two sides of a triangle is parallel to the third.

The answers to this question imply that a line which bisects two sides of a triangle must be parallel to the third side. Why is this true? There must be a simple proof. More generally: Let D and E be ...
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Equal perimeter and area

Find all triangles of which perimeter and area are numerically equal. I have got solution for right angle triangles but not of others
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Orthonormal vectors in Polar coordinates, show $\hat{e}_R=\frac{(x,y,z)}{r}$

Definitions Unit vector has length 1. Orthonormal vectors are orthogonal and unit vectors. RobJohn's suggestions for the basis in polar coordinates, here, satisfy the criteria but how can ...
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Find the equation of the line form

Find the equation of the line that goes through the points $(2, 9)$ and $(8, 6)$. Write the equation in standard form.
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What is so special about triangles?!

Take any random triangle. If we draw internal-angle-bisectors of all its angles, they intersect at the same point. If we draw the perpendicular bisectors of each side (although they aren't ...
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Angle between lines joining tetrahedron center to vertices

What are the angles formed at the center of a tetrahedron if you draw lines to the vertices? I'm trying to make these: I need to know what angles to bend the metal.
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filling an occluded plane with the smallest number of rectangles

I've got a specific problem which I'll try to describe as clearly as possible. I have a defined rectangular region on a cartesian plane, and within that region there are other given rectangular ...
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Finding equation of an ellipsoid

Consider I have an ellipsoid (let say an egg) lies in a general form in 3D space. Suppose, I have the equations of two projected views of this egg (e.g. one projected view on x-y plane and another one ...
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Vector path length of a hypotenuse

Consider the red path from A that zigzags to B, which takes $n$ even steps of length $w$. The path length of the route $P_n$ will be equal to: $ P_n = P_x + P_y = \frac{n}{2}\times w + ...
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Optimal distribution of points over the surface of a sphere

How can one generate a distribution of N points over the surface of a sphere so that the all N voronoi cells have the same area? Which is the best algorithm for this?
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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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Finding an equation of circle which passes through three points

How to find the equation of a circle which passes through these points $(5,10), (-5,0),(9,-6)$ using the formula $(x-q)^2 + (y-p)^2 = r^2$. I know i need to use that formula but have no idea how to ...
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How to calculate the area of a polygon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How quickly we forget - basic trig. Calculate the area of a polygon For a program I want to calculate the area of a given polygon. It may have every form, the sides even ...
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Need Help in Coordinate Geometry (Straight Lines) [closed]

A line $L$  is drawn from the point $P\equiv(4,3)$  to meet the parallel lines $L_1: 3x + 4y + 15 =0$  and $L_2 = 3x + 4y + 5 =0$ at points $A$  and $B$ respectively. From $A$, a line perpendicular ...
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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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What's a proof that the angles of a triangle add up to 180°?

Back in grade school, I had a solution involving "folding the triangle" into a rectangle half the area, and seeing that all the angles met at a point. However, now that I'm in university, I'm not ...
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Why does this ratio of sums of square roots equal $1+\sqrt2+\sqrt{4+2\sqrt2}=\cot\frac\pi{16}$ for any natural number $n$?

Why is the following function $f(n)$ constant for any natural number $n$? $$f(n)=\frac{\sum_{k=1}^{n^2+2n}\sqrt{\sqrt{2n+2}+{\sqrt{n+1+\sqrt ...