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What is a point?

In geometry, what is a point? I have seen Euclid's definition and definitions in some text books. Nowhere have I found a complete notion. And then I made a definition out from everything that I know ...
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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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Tranforming 2D outline into 3D plane

I am writing a program where I would like to allow the user to draw 4 connecting lines, such as: And convert this shape into a 3D plane. Is this possible? Is there an existing algorithm to do so? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to rotate the graph of a function?

Assuming I have the graph of a function $f(x)$ is there function $f_1(f(x))$ that will give me a rotated version of the graph of that function? For example if I plot $\sin(x)$ I will get a sine wave ...
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Nested sequences of balls in a Banach space

This seems to be a fairly easy question but I'm looking for new points of view on it and was wondering if anyone might be able to help (by the way- this question does come from home-work, but I've ...
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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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If point is zero-dimensional, how can it form a finite one dimensional line?

I have extracted the below passage from the wikipedia webpage - Point (geometry): In particular, the geometric points do not have any length, area, volume, or any other dimensional attribute. ...
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The intersection of two parallel lines

My teacher told me that two parallel lines have a point of intersection, it is called Point at infinity. But I I can't understand how it can be true or how was it proved, can someone explain this to ...
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Constructing the midpoint of a segment by compass

When I am working with my child, I am stuck in this geometry problem. "We have two different points $M, N$ in the plane. Using only compass to construct the midpoint $I$ of the segment $MN$." Thank ...
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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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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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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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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 1:...
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Is there a general formula for $\sin( {p \over q} \pi)$?

Virtually everyone knows the basic values of the unit circle, $\sin(\pi) = 0; \ \ \sin({\pi \over 2}) = 1; \ \ \sin({\pi \over 3}) = {\sqrt{3} \over 2} \\$ And other values can be calculated through ...
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Equilateral triangle whose vertices are lattice points?

Is it possible to construct an equilateral triangle with vertices on lattice points? I think the answer is no, but how can I prove this? I started with a triangle with coordinates $(0,0)$ $(a,b)$ ...
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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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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 $\vec{r}(\...
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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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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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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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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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Projecting a nonnegative vector onto the simplex

Given an elementwise nonnegative vector $y$, I'd like to find the projection of $y$ onto the simplex $S: \{ (x_1, \ldots, x_n) ~|~ \sum_{i=1}^n x_i=1, x_i \geq 0 \mbox{ for all } i \}$. Is there a ...
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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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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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V.I. Arnold says Russian students can't solve this problem, but American students can — why?

In a book of word problems by V.I Arnold, the following appears: The hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle (in a standard American examination) is 10 inches, the altitude dropped onto it ...
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How many sides does a circle have?

My son is in 2nd grade. His math teacher gave the class a quiz, and one question was this: If a triangle has 3 sides, and a rectangle has 4 sides, how many sides does a circle have? My first ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between a variety and a manifold?

I hear people use these words relatively interchangeably. I'd believe that any differentiable manifold can also be made into a variety (which data, if I understand correctly, implicitly includes an ...
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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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Explaining Horizontal Shifting and Scaling

I always find myself wanting for a clear explanation (to a college algebra student) for the fact that horizontal transformations of graphs work in the opposite way that one might expect. For example, ...
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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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Finding the circles passing through two points and touching a circle

Given two points and a circle, construct a/the circle through the two points and touching the given circle. I came across this problem in History of Numerical Analysis by H. Goldstein. I spent some ...
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Generate a random direction within a cone

I have a normalized $3D$ vector giving a direction and an angle that forms a cone around it, something like this: I'd like to generate a random, uniformly distributed normalized vector for a ...
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why determinant is volume of parallelepiped in any dimensions

for $n = 2,$ I can visualize that the determinant $n \times n$ matrix is the area of the parallelograms by actually calculate the area by coordinates. But how can one easily realize that it is true ...
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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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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 $\mathbf{...
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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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“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 ...