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Twisted nail puzzle framed in terms of algebraic topology?

See here for a description of the puzzle: Twisted Nail Puzzle. My question is, can someone provide a description of the puzzle and its solution in context of the language of algebraic topology?
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Visualising 3rd degree equations

I know that general second degree curve, i.e. $ax^2 + by^2 + 2hxy + 2gx + 2fy + c=0$ gives us the equation of different cross sections of a cone. Similarly, what does a third degree* curve actually ...
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What is reflection across parabola?

Reflection across a line is well familiar, reflection across a circle is the inversion, the point at a distance $d$ from the center is reflected into a point on the same ray through the center, but at ...
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Fastest way to meet, without communication, in a toroidal palace?

I was interested by a similar question asked here, but wanted to pose a slightly different variant that avoids some of the pitfalls and ambiguities in the first question in order to ask something more ...
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Writing circles as $|z-a| = \lambda |z-b|$ for the same $a,b$

My problem is in the context of the complex plane. I want to know if given two disjoint, not concentric circles $C_1,C_2\subset \mathbb{C}$, can you find $a,b\in \mathbb{C}$ such that $$C_1=\{z\in ...
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resizing rectangle within triangle

Imagine I have a parking lot that changes in width and length and in number of levels, and all of the levels need to be visible to a cctv camera at a fixed position, and I would want the camera to see ...
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Maybe Stuck Pedal Triangle with geometry problem

Suppose $P$ is any point within an acute-angled triangle,Let $X,Y,Z$ be the feet of the perpendiculars from $P$ onto the sides $BC,CA,AB$ respectively. and $U,V,W$ be where $AP,BP,CP$ meet the sides ...
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Can ${n \choose 2}$ points be covered by lines determined by $n$ points?

Let $S=\{(a_1,b_1),\ldots,(a_{n \choose 2},b_{n \choose 2})\}$ be ${n \choose 2}$ points on the plane. Does there exist $n$ points, such that the lines determined by the $n$ points cover all the ...
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Three-colored plane

Let $\Pi$ is cartesian plane with the usual topology. $A, B, C$ are pairwise disjoint subsets $\Pi$, $A\cup B\cup C = \Pi$. Each of these sets is dense in $\Pi$: $\overline{A}=\Pi$, and ...
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Polygons with coincident area and perimeter centroids

Let $P$ be a simple, planar polygon. Define $c_a$ as the area centroid of $P$, i.e., the center of gravity of the closed shape $P$. Define $c_p$ as the perimeter centroid of $P$, the center of gravity ...
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From the viewpoint of modern geometry, is there a “best” definition of the term “triangle”?

I can think of at least six different possible definitions of the term "triangle" in Euclidean geometry. a subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ that can be expressed as the convex hull of three or fewer points. ...
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From Icosahedron to Pentagonal hexecontahedron (Floret Tessellation)

Inspired by this post: Floret Tessellation of a Sphere I tried to transform myself an icosahedron into its simplest Floret tessellation. But I am having trouble when applying the 'method' given in the ...
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Any weird 'modular like mathematical space' that behaves like as if it is infinite until a threshold is reached?

(Using the advice from Mathoverflow, I have rephrased and splitted up the question) (Might be a bit layman because I don't have rigorous math term to describe the concept) Generalize it to ...
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Name for a body that can be completely described using its silhouettes

I'm shooting blind over here because I have no background in this field of mathematics. I assume that if you have a body (in $\mathbb{R}^3$), you can call it convex if any segment from one point ...
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How many points you should draw in the square at least?

There is a square, which side length is $2$, To ensure there exists a triangle in the square, with an area less than $0.5$, how many points should you draw in the square at least. the goal is for all ...
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A “Paradoxist Geometry”

This question is about "how badly can we 'break' the laws of geometry and still have something which is deserving of the name geometry?". It is named after something else I saw of the same name which ...
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A light beam enters a closed room. What is the maximal number of reflections?

I have the following problem: a light beam enters a mirror room with integer coordinates in the plane (consider it as a polygon). One of the walls of the room is removed and the light beam enters the ...
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Generating a 3d ribbon from a series of points

I am attempting to generate a 3d ribbon from a set of 3d points. The idea is to generate a realistic ribbon which follows those points. In its current state, one example looks like this: In this ...
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Characterization of Convex Polygons

John Lee's Axiomatic Geometry has an interesting characterization of convex and non-convex vertices for polygons. Let $P$ be a polygon. Consider a ray emanating from a vertex of $P$ which does not ...
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The space of paths

Let $ (M,g) $ be a compact Riemannian manifold, and let the path space $ \Omega $ of $ M $ be the set of equivalence class of smooth maps $ \gamma : [0,1] \rightarrow M $ (equivalent under ...
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Geometrical interpretation of a group action of $SU_2$ on $\mathbb S^3$

Background There're some nomenclatures from Michael Artin's Algebra to explain. 3-Sphere, or $\mathbb S^3$, is the locus of $x_0^2+x_1^2+x_2^2+x_3^2=1$, where $(x_0,x_1,x_2,x_3)\in\mathbb R^4$. ...
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Hexagonal circle packings in the plane

I have been reading the paper Spiral hexagonal circle packings in the plane (Alan F. Beardon, Tomasz Dubejko and Kenneth Stephenson, Geometriae Dedicata Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 39-70), which proves ...
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Biggest ball included in an intersection of balls

I would like to prove that for any family of balls $\{B(c_i,r_i)\}_i \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ such that $\{c_1, \dots, c_n\} \subset \bigcap_i B(c_i,r_i) $ and $\forall i, r_i \geq 1$, there exists a ...
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Invariant of matrix under elementary transformations

$\DeclareMathOperator{\rank}{rank}$ Let $A \in \mathbb R^{n \times n}$, $b \in \mathbb R^n$, $c \in \mathbb R$. Consider the following matrix $$ B = \begin{bmatrix} A & b \\ b^T & c ...
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Second derivative of a metric in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor.

I can't see how to get the following result. Help would be appreciated! This question has to do with the Riemann curvature tensor in inertial coordinates. Such that, if I'm not wrong, (in inertial ...
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Nontrivial trivial integrals

Consider two propositions in geometry: Circumscribe a right circular cylinder about a sphere. The surface area of the cylinder between any two planes orthogonal to the cylinder's axis equals the ...
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Lowest surface-to-volume ratio for an uncovered vessel

It is well known that a sphere has the lowest surface to volume ratio. However, a related question is: What is the shape that gives the lowest surface to volume ratio if you do not include the top in ...
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Definition of Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT

I am studying Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT. In their paper or in the book " Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds", they first define an invariant $\tau(M)$ for a closed orientable 3-manifold $M$ and ...
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Points in the plane at integer distances

Does there exist a set of $n$ points $p_1,p_2,...,p_n$ in the plane, all at mutual integer distances to each other, and an $e>0$, such that the following statement holds: For all $a,b$ with ...
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Can Kollros' Theorem w/ extra turns be seen via inversive geometry?

Kollros' Theorem, with extended turns allowed, says For every ring containing $p$ spheres, there exists a ring of $q$ spheres, each touching each of the $p$ spheres [...] if more than one turn is ...
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Differences and similarities between Euclidean and Minkowski geometry

I am trying to get my head around the differences and similarities between Euclidean and Minkowski plane geometry. AS far as I understand it they are both affine geometries meaning the parallel ...
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Isomorphism of divisors

Consider the cartier divisor group $CDiv_{T_{N}}(X_{\Sigma})$ defined on the fan $X_{\Sigma}$. I am having trouble proving the following assertion that there is a natural isomorphism ...
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Velociraptor escape

This is a mock test problem from xkcd. I think that he should run at the angle bisecting two of the dinosaurs, but then again, one is wounded.
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Are closed simple curves with that property necessarily circles?

This is a more interesting follow-up to the question Are closed simple curves with this property necessarily circles? Let $\gamma:[0,1]\to \mathbb R^2 $ be a closed simple $C^1$ convex curve and ...
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Constructing Pythagorean Polygons

I ran into this idea of "Pythagorean Polygons" on a problem from Project Euler, and I thought of an interesting question. A "Pythagorean Polygon" is defined as a polygon that is cyclic and has its ...
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Is a convex salient cone necessarily contained in an open half-space?

A cone $C$ in $\Bbb R^n$ is said to be salient if it does not contain any pair of opposite nonzero vectors; that is, if and only if $C \cap (-C) \subset \{0\}$. Obviously, a cone $C$ such that that ...
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Assume that for any pair of vertices $P_i$ and $P_j$ , there exists a vertex $P_k$ of the polygon such that $∠P_i P_k P_j = \pi/3.$

Let $P_1 P_2 \dots P_n$ be a convex polygon in the plane. Assume that for any pair of vertices $P_i$ and $P_j$ , there exists a vertex $P_k$ of the polygon such that $∠P_i P_k P_j = \pi/3.$ Show ...
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Intersection of 2 high dimensional balls

I am working in $\mathbb{R}^n$. I have a large ball radius $2 \delta \sqrt{n}$. Centered on the boundary of this ball, I have a smaller ball radius $\delta$. What is the probability that a ...
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Parameterizing equilateral polygons

I'm not exactly sure how to describe what I want, so if I butcher terms, please forgive me :) I want to "parameterize" the space of simple irregular equilateral polygons with n sides, or at least a ...
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Generic cubic in $\mathbb{P}_{\mathbb C}^3$

I read that "two generic cubics are not projectively equivalents in $\mathbb P_{\mathbb C}^3$". I want to know if I understand well the statement. Does "generic cubics" means that all the cubics ...
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What is the name for planar curve that intersect with every line at most $2k$ time

More exactly I want to know is there research in planar (closed) curve (there maybe nodes as singularities) s.t. every line in general position would intersect it at no more than $2k$ times. $k=1$ is ...
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Centroids of a polygon

Obviously, for any polygon we can define at least 3 different centroids: C1: mass center of the lamina; C2: mass center of vertices with equal masses; C3: mass center of the perimeter. For the ...
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What's an algebraic curve's polar line for?

I can take an algebraic curve, and I can draw its first polar. By this, I mean that I can take an arbitrary point not on the algebraic curve, and then I can identify all the points on that algebraic ...
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Sequence of non-collinear integer points.

This is a question from a British Olympiad, I've completed the first 3 but this one had me rather stumped. Given two points $P$ and $Q$ with integer coordinates, we say that $P$ sees $Q$ if the ...
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Centroids and Harmonic Means

A triangle $ABC$ with centroid $G$ is such that a line $l$ passing through $G$ intersects $AB$, $BC$, and $AC$ at $H, I, J$, respectively. Show that out of the 3 distances $d(G, I), d(G, H), d(G, J)$, ...
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Circles Of Descartes

Insired by this question, where the objective is to calculate the shaded area in the above diagram, I noticed that the inscribed circle has the following relation to the circles it rests on ...
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Area covered by one disk more than by two disks

Given are three unit disks on the plane. Let $A$ be the area of the plane covered by exactly $1$ disk. Let $B$ be the area of the plane covered by exactly $2$ disks. Prove that $A\geq B$. ...
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How far away is that cloud?

A few weeks ago I was on an airplane and to pass the time started thinking about this problem. Using the following information, I wanted to know how far away a cloud I could see was. Under some ...
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How to integrate scalar field over quarter torus? Infinite series does not converge.

This seems to be physics question, but the problem just concerns math. Preface If one wants to calculate the permeance $P$ of a rectangular bar: it is an easy task: $$P = \frac{\mu a b}{L} ...
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Is there a golden pyramid?

Is there a golden pyramid? Or pyramides? Would they have some interesting properties (related to let's say packing, etc.)? Golden rectangle is said to be the most aestheticaly pleasing among ...