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Shallow tent like soap film

A soap film circle in $x-y$ plane with center at origin can be carefully pricked with a blunt soapy pin at center and drawn out a little bit on $z$-axis forming a surface of revolution somewhat like a ...
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Coordinate frames along the bounday of a minimal area (soap-film) surface

I would like to calculate coordinate frames along a closed Bezier (Or Catmull-Rom) spline. One axis should be tangential to the curve, and another axis normal to the minimal-area surface (soap-film ...
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Unicity solution in this differential equation

I'm studying Sherk surface which is the unique minimal surface with parametrization given by $\phi(x,y)=(x,y,f(x)+g(y))$. Using the mean curvature formula, is easy to show that this surface is minimal ...
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Weierstraß parametrization of minimal surface

I am currently learning about how to generate minimal surfaces using complex analysis — namely by calculating the Weierstraß parametrization (here's the article on Wikipedia). Now in my lecture notes ...
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Solving a certain differential equation when assuming a surface of revolution is minimal

The problem is the following: Consider the surface of revolution $$\textbf{q} (t, \mu) = (r(t)\cos(\mu),r(t)\sin(\mu),t)$$ If $\textbf{q}$ is minimal, then $r(t) = a\cosh(t)+b\sinh(t)$ for $a,b$ ...
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History of the Enneper Surface

I was just wondering whether anyone could tell me more about the Enneper surface and its history (why it is important historically in the development of mathematics), or where to go in order to learn ...
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Proof check for critical point definition with mean curvature

I'm currently trying to prove: "Definition: We say that a surface $S \in R^3$ is minimal if it is a critical point for the area functional" Starting with this: "If we consider a family of smooth ...
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Embedded and Non-Parametric Surface definition

What does it mean for a minimal surface to be embedded? For example the Scherk surfaces? How would I define what 'an embedded surface' is? And also what does it mean for a surface to be ...
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How is Euler-Lagrange equation used to find optimal solutions in minimizing a function?

How is the Euler-Lagrange equation: $$L_x(t,q(t),q'(t))-\dfrac{d}{dt}L_v(t,q(t),q'(t))=0$$ used mathematically in finding the optimal solutions of minimising a function? Can someone give me an ...
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There are no compact minimal surfaces

This is one of the exercises of 'Do Carmo' (Section 3.5, 12) How do you prove that there are no compact (i.e., bounded and closed in $\mathbb{R}^3$) minimal surfaces? Thanks!
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compute principal directions of a cylinder

I calculated the parametric equation of a cylinder, $$x(u,v)=a\cos(u)$$ $$y(u,v)=a\sin(u)$$ $$z(u,v)=v$$ I do not know how to calculate principal directions ? I am not sure what it means neither ...
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minimise the total distance to a hyperbolic curve from two fixed points

The point $C$ moves along the hyperbolic curve which is given by $\frac{x^2}{a^2}-\frac{y^2}{b^2}-\frac{z^2}{c^2}=1$. The distances $d_{0}$ and $d_{1}$ in from $A$ to $C$ and $B$ to $C$ ...
The well known local version of the maximum principle for minimal hypersurfaces asserts that if two minimal hypersurfaces $M_1$ and $M_2$ of $R^n$ has a common point $x_0 \in M_1 \cap M_2$ ...