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How to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors of this matrix

Can you help to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the following matrix? Here is the matrix: $$C = \small \begin{pmatrix} -\sin(\theta_{2} - \theta_{M}) & \sin(\theta_{1} - \theta_{M}) & 0 ...
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Geometric way to view the truncated braid groups?

This is perhaps a vague question, but hopefully there exists literature on the subject. The question is motivated by an answer I gave to this question. I also asked a related question on MO, although ...
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Hidden geometrical gems in Euclid's Elements?

I am teaching a course in Euclidean geometry at the University of South Carolina, and it seemed highly appropriate and interesting to read Euclid himself. (See here for a wonderful, and completely ...
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Big geometry grad schools - for an average applicant

What are some schools that have a lot of geometry going on, but that might accept some middle-of-the-range applicants? Let me add some context... I left grad school (UC Davis) with an MS in 2012 ...
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Computing the volume of a region on the unit $n$-sphere

I would like to compute the surface volume of a region on the unit $n-1$-sphere: $$x_1^2 + \dots + x_i^2 + \dots + x_n^2 = 1,$$ bounded by an ellipsoid $$a_1x_1^2 + \dots + a_ix_i^2 + \dots + ...
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Intuition for a certain tensor product.

Tensor products occur in lots of places and until recently I thought I understood them at least reasonably well. During the past few weeks, however, I've attended several talks where the tensor ...
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Drawing the longest line segment contained in an area

Inside a rectangle, this line segment would be its diagonal. Inside a circle, this line segment would be its diameter. Inside a more "jagged" shape, it would be: However, suppose we consider ...
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Does this graph have a name?

Does graph shown below from the paper Dissection Graphs of Planar Point Sets by P. Erdos, L. Lovasz, A. Simmons, and E.G. Straus have a name? Does it come from a family of related graphs?
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Knight's metric: ellipse and parabola.

Knight's metric is a metric on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ as the minimum number of moves a chess knight would take to travel from $x$ to $y\in\mathbb{Z}^2$. What does a parabola (or an ellipse) became with this ...
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More approximately orthogonal vectors than the dimension of the space

It is impossible to find $n+1$ mutually orthogonal unit vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$. However, a simple geometric argument shows that the central angle between any two legs of a simplex goes as $\theta ...
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Kakeya Needle problem video

I'm intruiged by the Kakeya Needle problem, described here on Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a nice animation of a needle turning through a hypo-cycloid: What I'm searching for is a visualisation of the ...
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What is the shape of the convex $n$-gon which gives the maximum of a function?

Supposing that the length of every edge of the convex $n$-gon $P_1P_2$$\cdots$$P_n$ is 1, what is the shape of the $n$-gon which gives the maximum of the following function $A_n$? ...
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What’s the best way to cut an apple?

Take the apple in one hand, and the knife in the other. In the first cut, the apple is divided in two pieces: a small one that drops into the plate and a big one that is still hold with the hand. This ...
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The rigorization of naive geometry angles and length

There are a number of claims from elementary school that I just remembered I don't actually mathematically know. Let's start with some specific examples and perhaps the rigorization will inspire me ...
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Klein's Erlangen program taken seriously

Felix Klein suggested in his Erlangen program a way to classify geometries based on group theory. According to Wikipedia, we have the following definition: A Klein geometry is a pair (G, H) where ...
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Volume of a sphere by “adding” half-spheres of lower dimension

I'm wondering about different ways to compute the volume of an $n$-sphere. Please see the wikipedia page for one method to compute the volume via hyperspherical coordinates: ...
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How can I tell when two cubic Bézier curves intersect?

I'm working a little program that converges on vector-based approximations of raster images, inspired by Roger Alsing's genetic Mona Lisa. (I started on this after his first blog post two years ago, ...
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I would like to show that all reflections in a finite reflection group $W :=\langle t_1, \ldots , t_n\rangle$ are of the form $wt_iw^{-1}.$

I would like to show that all reflections in a finite reflection group $W := \langle t_1, \ldots , t_n\rangle$ are of the form $wt_iw^{-1}$ for some $i$ and some $w \in W$ Clearly all such elements ...
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Lines in $n$ dimensional space

Suppose we have $n+1$ lines in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $\gamma$ be the smallest angle across all pairs of lines. I am wondering what the upper bound on $\gamma$ is (probably depending on $n$). When ...
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Set geometry and inclusion

I would like to prove that the set of the symmetric positive semi-definite matrices which is defined as $$\Delta_2= \{S\in\mathbb{S}_{m,m} \quad \text{s.t.}\quad ...
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Geometric interpretation of Euler's identity for homogeneous functions

A function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is called homogeneous of degree $d \geq 0$ if $$f(\lambda x_1, \ldots, \lambda x_n ) = \lambda^d f(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$$ Differentiating both sides ...
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Solution set of inequalities in $\mathbb{R}^6$

Let $\theta\in (0,1)$ fixed. We define $A_1$ be the set of all $(a_1,a_2,a_3,a_4,a_5,a_6)\in (0,1)^6$ such that the following conditions hold: \begin{equation} (1) \quad a_2\le a_1, a_4\le a_3, a_6 ...
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Family of geometric shapes closed under division

The family of rectangles has the following nice properties: Every rectangle $R$ can be divided to two disjoint parts, $R_1 \cup R_2 = R$, such that both $R_1$ and $R_2$ are rectangles (i.e. belong ...
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What's the average distance between two discs in the plane?

Consider two discs in the plane of radius $r$ and $s$, with centers separated by a distance $l$. If we choose a point uniformly at random from each disc, what is the expected distance between the two ...
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The number of circles that will fit inside the area of larger circle?

Let's say circle $\omega_1$ has a diameter $X$. Let $X>Y$; $Y\in \mathbf{R}^{+}$. How many circles with diameter $Y$ will fit inside $\omega_1$? Is there a formula for this?
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Rotations of a tetrahedron

Let $P$ be a tetrahedron inside an sphere such that all of its vertices are on the surface of the sphere. Suppose that three quarters of sphere's surface is colored black. Show that there is a ...
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Slices of a hypercube

Take the unit $d$-cube with vertices $\{0,1\}^d$, and restrict to the vertices that lie between (or within one of) a pair of parallel hyperplanes. These vertices form a graph whose edges are the edges ...
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Biggest Little Polyhedron

The Biggest Little Polygon problem asks for the polygon with greatest area where the largest diameter is 1. Let's add a dimension and find the largest volumes. What is the biggest little polyhedron ...
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Paper cylinder inside out

My question is related with paper folding: Given a cylinder of paper it is possible to turn it inside out using folding along lines. This is a Martin Gardner recreational puzzle. Secondly, ...
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Combinatorial vs. geometric symmetries of graphs and their drawings

Associated with a graph $G$ and its automorphism group $\text{Aut}(G)$ (reflecting its combinatorial symmetries) are drawings in the plane with - eventually - one or more (geometric) symmetry groups. ...
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Do balls optimize the boundary area for a fixed volume?

I recently saw this question, asking if the circle is the planar figure which has the least perimeter given the area. As far as I know, this is a classical problem, and the answer is affirmative. I am ...
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Good textbooks on Non-Euclidean Geometry?

I'm currently taking a class called Foundations of Geometry. We started with the stereographic projection and carried onward through fractional linear transformations, and now we are working with the ...
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Intuitive meaning of immersion and submersion

What is immersion and submersion at the intuitive level.what can be visually done in each case?
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How small parallelograms are we guaranteed to get, when we select the two sides from different plane lattices?

This a shortened version (motivation from telecommunications stripped away) of a question I asked in MO in late May (no answers). I am mostly checking, if somebody has seen this or a related question ...
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Analytic caustics for 3D objects

Is it possible to efficiently calculate caustics for a given 3D object, like a torus, or a cube? To be more precise: let's assume that we have a 3d torus, resting on a 2d plane and a single light ...
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Geometrical question just for fun

Was puzzling with the following (home made) puzzle: Given the square $ABCD$ with $A = (1,1)$, $B = (1,-1)$, $C = (-1,-1)$ and $D = (-1,1)$ And given point $E = (0,2)$ What is the smallest (by ...
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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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Shortest closed loop containing all extreme points of a convex set

Suppose $S\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is compact and convex. Suppose $\Gamma:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ is a continuous map with $\Gamma(0)=\Gamma(1)$. Suppose $\Gamma$ passes through all extreme points of $S$. ...
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Obtaining a deeper understanding of lower level Mathematics

I am a college student, at a community college and I am in the process of obtaining an associates degree in general science with a specialization in mathematics in hope of transferring to a university ...
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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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bisectors of an angle in a triangle intersect at a single point - proof verification

Let´s consider a general triangle ABC. Let´s draw two angle bisectors from vertices A and B. It is obvious that these two angle bisectors intersect at a single point X. Since X lies on the angle ...
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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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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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The same bit of trivial algebra in two different places?

The Villarceau circles are things whose existence is surprising. To find radii of Villarceau circles, I stupidly went through a bit of trigonometry and got a much simpler result than I expected, and ...
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Gauss-Lucas Theorem (roots of derivatives)

Gauss-Lucas Theorem states: "Let f be a polynomial and $f'$ the derivative of $f$. Then the theorem states that the $n-1$ roots of $f'$ all lie within the convex hull of the $n$ roots ...
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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 ...