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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Parameterization of the Schwarz P surface

Is there a closed form parameterization of the Schwarz P minimal surface?
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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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Comparation of values in minimal submanifold

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