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

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Enneper surface is not injective

I'm having trouble proving the following statement: $x(u, v) = (u − u^ 3/ 3 + uv^2 , v − v^ 3/ 3 + u^ 2 v, u^2 − v^ 2 )$ is a minimal surface and x is not injective Proving that $x(u,v)$, ...
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Scherk’s fifth minimal surface

Scherk’s fifth minimal surface is defined implicitly by $$ \sin(z)=\sinh(x) \sinh(y). $$ How can I show that this surface is minimal?
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Shortest path in the plane under derivative constraint

A colleague posed a toy problem to me today that degenerates to finding the curve y(x) of shortest length than connects two points in the plane (WLOG: y(0) = 0, y(a) = b), such that y'(0) = 0. This ...
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Isothermal parameterization, Inverse of the Gauss Map

This problem is from Do Carmo's Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces. It is question 13 from chapter 3.5, to be specific. Suppose that S is a minimal surface without any umbilical points ...
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Minimising surface with given curve as a boundary

I have a problem connected to finding a minimal surface with a given boundary. I know that it is the surface with zero mean curvature but as I have to obain differential equations for such surface I ...
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Relative minimal surface and minimal surface in the algebraic geometry

Liu's book define regular fibered surface X$\to$S is relative minimal surface if it does not contain any exceptional divisor, regular fibered surface X $\to$ S is minimal surface if every birational ...
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How to actually use the Weierstrass-Enneper parameterization to draw a minimal surface?

I'm interested in drawing (with Mathematica for example) the generalized Scherk saddle tower with threefold symmetry, a shape that I find very attractive. In an article (see here) I found the ...
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Minimal surfaces maximum principle

This is homework so no answers please. The problem is The domain is unit disk in $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ Suppose u,w satisfy the minimal-surface equation $div(\frac{\nabla u}{\sqrt{1+|\nabla u|^2}})=0$, ...
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Minimal surface and Weierstraß parametrization

If I have $f(z) = 1$ and $g(z) = \frac{1}{z}$ and I am looking for a minimal surface on $\mathbb{C} \backslash \{0\}$ using the Weierstraß-Enneper representation of minimal surfaces. Now I was ...
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How useful is the Weierstrass representation of minimal surfaces?

Weierstrass representation of minimal surfaces says that if I have a holomorphic function $f: U \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ and a meromorphic function $g: U \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ such that $f g^2$ is ...
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Blow-ups followed by contractions

Let $S$ be a minimal, non-singular complex projective surface. $\widehat S$ is the surface obtained by $r$ blow-ups of $S$ at the points $x_1,\ldots,x_r\in S$. Clearly $\widehat S$ contains exactly ...
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Minimal surface between two non coaxial rings

I'm currently studying minimal surfaces using the Euler-Lagrange equation. I'm particularly interested in minimal surfaces between two circles. I have already examined the case of two coaxial ...
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Prove that there are no complete regular minimal surfaces lying above a paraboloid

Prove that there are no complete regular minimal surfaces lying above a paraboloid contained in $U=\{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 : a(x^2+y^2)<z\}$. Here $a>0$. I've had this problem on my mind ...
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On Yau's (and Schoen's) proof of the positive mass theorem

I would like to face the proof of the positive mass theorem by Yau and Schoen. I have a Bsc in Mathematics and a Msc in Theoretical Physics and I'm preparing a PhD interview-challenge where I have to ...
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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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To minimize surface area of integer cuboid of ​​the known volume

There is a cuboid (a * b * c), (a, b, c ∈ N). S (Surface area of a cuboid) = 2 * (ab + bc + ca). V (Volume of a cuboid) = a * b * c = n. I need to minimize S, provided that I specified the volume ...
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A minimal surface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimal_surface Ref: The first figure with soap film at right. What is surface parametrization or references? How is it connected to the helicoid/catenoid ? Thanks.
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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 containing tetrahedron

Find the minimal smooth surface passing through four vertices of a regular tetrahedron bounded by three geodesic arcs connecting any two vertices pairwise. I remember a similar discussion in Courant ...
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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 ...
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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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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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From 2 to 3 dimensions: integrating a force along a contour/surface.

I am studying the following problem: Consider a closed contour $\mathcal{C}$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$ defined by $r(\theta)$ where $\theta\in[0,2\pi)$ and $r(0)=r(2\pi)$ (let the center to be zero for ...
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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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Perturbation of the boundary of a strictly stable minimal surface

Let $\Sigma \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ be a minimal surface with boundary $\Gamma$. Now let us assume that $\Sigma$ is strictly stable, that is, $\lambda_1(\Sigma,L) >0$, where $L$ is the stability ...
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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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On Constant mean curvature surfaces.

I have two involved questions, firstly, I know that the gauss map sends a surface to the unit sphere, so for a surface $\Sigma\subset\Bbb R^3$, parametrised by $u:U\subset\Bbb R^2\to \Bbb R^3$. Would ...
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Name of the surface with two sides and three boundaries

Once i have seen a 3d visualization of a surface with the following characteristics: it had three circular borders. If you imagine the surface inscribed in the earth globe, one of the borders would ...
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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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Applications of Derivatives invloving surface area

A piece of wire 16 cm long is cut into two pieces, one piece is bent to form a square and the other is bent to form a circle. What is the exact length of the sides of the square, (let each side of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...