Question on minimal surfaces, or surfaces that have zero mean curvature.

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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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Total Curvature of 4 pi

What does it mean for a surface to have a total curvature of $4\pi $? I have seen that both the catenoid and Enneper surface are the only minimal surfaces that have this total curvature, but I don't ...
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How to find the infintesimal generator and conserved current of the symmetries of the minimal surface problem

For the Lagrangian $L(x,y,z,z_x,z_y)=\sqrt{1+z^2_x+z^2_y}$ how do you find infinitesimal generator and conserved current of the six symmetries (3 translations and 3 rotations)? I was using Noether's ...
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zero mean curvature and a variational problem

given the lagrangian $$ J(u)= \int_{V} \sqrt{1+|gra(u)|^{2})} $$ with the constraint $ \int_{V}udx =1 $ why is the volumen constraint there ? for teh case of R^{3} i know this must satisfy the ...
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Parameterization of the Schwarz P surface

Is there a closed form parameterization of the Schwarz P minimal surface?
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Maths undergrad dissertation - minimal surfaces

I'm a third year maths undergrad writing a dissertation on minimal surfaces, and their application in space. Would anyone be willing to read through it (so far) and give me any feedback? positive or ...
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why the K3 surfaces are minimal surfaces

I need to prove that all K3 surfaces are minimal surfaces, so that every birational map between K3 surfaces is an isomorphism. I've started to read beauville's book on complex algebraic surfaces: ...
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Quadric surface as a $\mathbb{F}_n$ surface

The minimal models for rational projective smooth surfaces are $\mathbb{P}^2$ or the surfaces $\mathbb{F}_n$ for $n\neq 1$, where ...
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Castelnuovo's rationality criterion following Beauville

Following Beauville's book "Complex algebraic Surfaces", in order to prove Castelnuovo's rationality criterion i need to prove one lemma and one proposition. There is one point of proof of lemma V.8 ...
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What is the function describing the minimal surface of this object?

What function describes the minimal surface of this object? The object consists of four circular arcs glued together. One arc is parallell to another arc, and a third arc is parallell to a fourth ...
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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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Help with Plateau's Laws

Can someone please explain mathematically what is meant by the term 'smooth' in Plateau's First Law: "Soap films are made of entire smooth surfaces" Thank you in advance!
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Find out the design of a cylinder

A cylindrical can is made from tin.If it can be contain $1000 m^3$ liquid inside it then what is the parameter of design if we are oblige use the minimum amount of tin. My teacher give me this and say ...
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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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Suppose $S$ is a minimal surface, show that the gaussian curvative is negative on all interior points

I am trying to improve my proving skills, started learning by myself, can anybody help me with this? thanks you
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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 $C$ ...
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Christoffel symbols in Differential geometry iff proof

I need help in proving that $H = 0$ for a surface iff $g_{11}L_{22} - 2g_{12}L_{12} + g_{22}L_{11} = 0.$ I think that these are the Christoffel symbols exploited in some manner and normally, I'm not ...
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Comparation of values in minimal submanifold

Let $\phi: M^m\to H^n(k)$ be minimal immersion. Show that ...
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Helicoid and Catenoid

Let $X$ and $Y$ be isothermal parametrizations of minimal surfaces such that their component functions are pairwise harmonic conjugates, then $X$ and $Y$ are called conjugate minimal surfaces. My ...
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Minimize the distance in the Euclidean space

The objective is to minimise the distance $d_{0}+d_{1}$. The points $c_{0}$ and $c_{1}$ are given. I need to locate the point $c$ which minimises the distance $d_{0}+d_{1}$. I have worked like this. ...
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How does one parameterize the surface formed by a *real paper* Möbius strip?

Here is a picture of a Möbius strip, made out of some thick green paper: I want to know either an explicit parametrization, or a description of a process to find the shape formed by this strip, as ...
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Minimal surface representation from a 3D contour

I have a set of 3D points defining a 3D contour, as shown below. The points in this contour lie in their best-fit plane and I want to obtain a 3D triangular mesh representation of the surface inside ...
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Total mean curvature in $L^2$ and minimal surfaces in spaces with non-positive sectional curvature

Let's suppose we have a Riemannian $n$-manifold $(N,g)$ and an immersed surface $f:\Sigma\rightarrow N$, with genus zero, equipped with the induced metric. Let's further assume that the ambient space ...
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Maximum principle for minimal hypersurfaces

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 $ ...
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Do K3 surfaces with an Enriques involution have a polarization of bounded degree

Does there exists a real number $C$ with the following property. For any Enriques surface $E$ over a number field $K$ with K3 cover $X\to E$, there exists an ample divisor $H$ on $X$ such that $H^2 ...
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Why this equality must holds for minimal surfaces?

When minimizing a surface area with respect to a fixed volume $V$, I found in some notes that the parametrization $X: U \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ must satisfy the equality $\iint_U (2H - \lambda) ...
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Minimizing (and maximizing) the area of triangles

How would one solve questions like this one here in general? I have gotten an answer for that question, but I don't understand what's the intuition behind it. Can smoeone clearly explain how to ...
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Given a volumen. Which is the suface, that contains it, that has minimal area?

Defining on $R^3$, $V = \iiint_S dx \, dy \, dz $ as the volume of surface $S$, with $S$ closed, bounded and arc-connected. Which is the $S$ of minimal area, that contains $V$. I know it's a bit ...