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Area of a sphere bounded by hyperplanes

Say we have a sphere in d-dimensional space, and k hyperplanes (d-1 dimensional) all passing through the origin. Is there a way to calculate (or approximate) the area of the surface of the sphere ...
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Plotting a skew ellipse

I tried to make a geometers sketchpad toolkit for spherical geometry that is more exact (and easier to understand) than the present available one. but then I soon realised my background is not good ...
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Computing a double integral over a surface S, where S is the unit sphere,

$$ \int \int_S (x^2+y^2)d\sigma$$ Where S is the unit sphere centered at (0,0,0), and $\sigma$ is surface area. I arrived at the correct answer of $\large \frac{8\pi}{3}$, but I took an (educated?) ...
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Is this algorithm for 3D spherical interpolation correct?

I am attempting to write a spherical interpolation algorithm for for the application of smooth 3D animation in a game. The scripting language that the game engine uses is Lua. It is often easier for ...
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Why is the polar triangle useful in spherical geometry?

We can solve many problems in spherical geometry by using the polar triangle. I am looking for an intuition why (and when) this is easier than working in the original triangle.
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mean square displacement on the 3-sphere

I would like to compute the mean square displacement (MSD) for a particle moving on the surface of a 3-sphere of radius R. I see that I could eventually use the polar coordinates and get a polar ...
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lat/lon spherical coordinates to equidistant spherical coordinates

How to transform spherical data expressed in latitude/longitude pairs (parallels/meridians) in a new set of pair expressed just in parallels pairs? In other words, I need to transform data expressed ...
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Orthogonal transformation of a triangle on $S^2$

Let $v_1, v_2, v_3$ and $w_1, w_2, w_3$ denote the vertices of two spherical triangles $\bigtriangleup_1, \bigtriangleup_2$ with the property, that $\|v_i - v_j \| = \|w_i - w_j \|$, e.g. their ...
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The congruence of Two Spherical Triangles

I found in Wikipedea following claim : Two Spherical triangles with corresponding angles equal are congruent (i.e., all similar triangles are congruent). I know that the Area of Two triangles are ...
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Azimuth angle limit in Spherical co-ordinate system

In spherical co-ordinate system (r, θ, φ), θ can range from 0 to 2pi, but φ only varies from 0 to pi. Why is that?
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Direction of rotation to transform from Point a to b on a unit sphere

If I have two points $a$, $b$, on a unit sphere, I believe I can determine the angle between them, expressed as vectors, as follows: $$\theta = \arccos\left(\frac{a\cdot b}{\|a\| \|b\|}\right)$$ ...
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Stereographic projection and lengths

We know the Stereographic Projection doesn't preserve areas except for the points on the plane such that $x^2+y^2=1$, because that's where $dA=dxdy$. I was wondering what would happen with lengths: ...
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constructing a spherical triangle using only the laws of sines and cosines

I have a spherical triangle with corners $A,B,C$, angles $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ and sides $a,b,c$ (which are opposite to the corresponding corners/angles). I am given $a,b$ (with $a>b$) and ...
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Maximal Triangle on Sphere [closed]

If en equilateral triangle is drawn on the surface of a sphere and expanded till its three vertexes coincide in one point, how many sections result?
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Spherical Geometry and Playfair's Axiom.

Recently I came across a variant of the Parallel Postulate known as Playfair's Axiom: In Euclidean (planar) geometry there is at most one line that can be drawn parallel to another given one ...
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comparing models of spherical geometry

There more than two models of spherical geometry? 1) one for the half sphere (taking the north pole as center, the boundary is the equator) 2) one for the whole sphere (taking the north pole as ...
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Instruct geometer moths so you can learn about their true geometry.

I had a space-ship wreck in an unknown world of some kind of moths. I could observe geometer moths working. Everything looked strange. The moths claimed that they were using only straight edges and ...
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Tangent points on circle that placed on Earth surface

I need help about spherical geometry problem that I need to use it for my project. I try to calculate $T_1 $ and $T_2$ coordinates on $B$ centered small circle on the sphere and $AT_1$ and $AT_2$ ...
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How to find point on sphere from pitch and heading

I have a sphere of radius R and I would like to draw some vector positions on it given pitch and heading. I have a heading between 0 and 360 (0 being +x direction), and a pitch between -90 and 90 (90 ...
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Finding the northernmost latitude in a great circle that passes through two points on the sphere [duplicate]

I'm trying to solve the following problem from Smart's Text-Book on Spherical Astronomy (exercise 5 on page 23 of the 6th ed.): $A$ and $B$ are two places in the earth's surface with the same ...
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Finding the northernmost latitude in a great circle that passes through two points on the sphere

I'm trying to solve the following problem from Smart's Text-Book on Spherical Astronomy (exercise 5 on p.23 of the 6th ed.): $A$ and $B$ are two places on the earth's surface with the same ...
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how many Poincare dodecahedrons fill Poincare dodecahedral space?

I was reading Jeffrey's Weeks "shape of space" and that made me wonder: Every spherical 3d manifold (3d Sphere) has a finite volume, The Poincare dodecahedral space is a 3d Sphere. this manifold ...
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Question about trig identities in a celestial sphere problem

So the problem goes: The heavenly body X sets when passing through point F on the horizon. If is the hour angle of X at the time and D the declination, show that : cosH=-tanbtanD cosA=sinDsecb ...
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Finding the shortest distance to the north of the sphere

I found these problems in Alan F Beardon's Algebra and Geometry: Verify that any point with latitude α is a spherical distance R(π/2−α) from the north pole. Suppose that an aircraft flies on the ...
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How to calculate a solid angle (in Steradians) given only Horizontal Beam angle and Vertical Beam angle data.

I would like to convert a rectangular beam shape given in Horizontal and Vertical beam angle, into solid angle representing the surface area in steradians of projected light. For example a light ...
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How can I find the center of gravity of a hollow spherical cap?

I am looking to find the center of gravity for a hollow spherical cap. Could I use that point as the point at which the entire mass of the spherical cap is for newtonian gravity problems?
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Can the intersection of two balls be described?

Suppose, two spheres intersect. Subtracting the equations of the speheres, a linear equation appears which indicates the plane conataining all points belonging to the intersection of the spheres. But ...
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Using azimuthal and polar angles in ECEF coordinate system

I have a physical cone, which its vertex located in some point (x,y,z) in ECEF coordinates, and I want to check if another point is inside this cone. In order to do it, I have to take into ...
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Circle from three points on surface of sphere

I need to compute the circle on the surface of a sphere given three points on that very surface. It is very easy to do that in Euclidean geometry, but the sphere has no x and y, but just two angles ...
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Construct the great circle (geodesic) in spherical or Riemanian geometry

Given: a circle $C$ with centre $M$ two points $P_1$ and $P_2$ inside circle $C$, so that $M$ is not on the line $P_1P_2$. Cunstruct an other circle $O$ so that: $P_1$ and $P_2$ are on ...
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Four circles touching one another on a spherical surface

The diagram above shows four identical circles, each having a flat radius $r$ (i.e. flat area $\pi r^2$), touching one another at six different points (i.e. each of four identical circles touches ...
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How to parametrize circles on a sphere by the distortion of the equator?

I guess am having a very silly problem right now. Considering a unit sphere $S^2$ and, for example, a curve, in spherical coordinates, $c(t)=(1, \frac{\pi}{2},t)$ that goes around the equator how can ...
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Point in a spherical triangle test

Given three latitude/longitude coordinates on a sphere forming a triangle, how do I test if a point p is inside that triangle? I know latitude and longitude implies Earth and Earth is not perfectly ...
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What is the mathematics behind the two animations?

I found two animated GIFs from a designer's website, which looks very impressive: My questions are: what is the mathematics behind them? How to obtain the mathematical formulas and equations of ...
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Spherical and Hyperbolic lines in the Extended Complex Plane.

We work in the Extended Complex Plane: $ \mathbb{C} \cup (\infty)$. Basically, say we have two points, $z_1$ and $z_2$. It can be shown that, on stereographic projection of the Riemann Sphere onto ...
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Area of Spherical Polygon

It appears to me that after repeated applications of Girard's theorem on the area of spherical triangles that we can obtain the surface area of a spherical polygon with interior angles ...
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On the equidistant distribution of $n$ points on a sphere $S^2$ by algorithm and their “validity” measures by statistical methods

I have found an algorithm for distributing $n$ points $P_0, P_1, ..., P_n$ (approximately) equidstantly on a sphere where $$\varphi_i = \pi(\phi - 1)i \qquad \theta_i= \mathrm {asin} (2i/n - 1), ...
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Parametrization of sphere including constant inclination $(\theta, i)$ geodesics

Find parametrization of sphere with respect to $\theta$ = constant meridians and i = constant inclination geodesic circles passing through N-S axis and E-W axis respectively. The Earth does not rotate ...
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Stereographic Projection from an Arbitrary Point

Let $p \in \mathbb{S}^{n}$, then the stereogaphic projection is a diffeomorpshim $h:\mathbb{S}^{n} \setminus \{p\} \to \mathbb{R}^{n-1}$. Suppose that $p$ is the 'north pole' ($p = (0,0,..,1)$), then ...
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find the equation of a sphere with endpoints A and B where B is the point of tangency of the sphere and the plane

Find the equation of a sphere with a diameter that has endpoints $A(1, 8, −2)$ and $B$, where $B$ is the point of tangency of the sphere with the plane $−9x +6y + 2z = 2$. Now i know that i can get ...
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How to calculate the area covered by any spherical rectangle?

Is there any analytic or generalized formula to calculate area covered by any rectangle having length $l$ & width $b$ each as a great circle arc on a sphere with a radius $R$? Note: Spherical ...
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Proof for spherical polar law of cosine

I'm reading my textbook and for some reason, it does not present the proof for the spherical polar law of cosine which is: $$ \cos(a)=\frac{\cos(A)+\cos(B)\cos(C)}{\sin(B) \sin(C)}$$ It does present ...
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The locus of points forming a right angle, in nonzero curvature

Given a line segment $AB$ in the Euclidean plane, the locus of points which form a right angle with $A$ and $B$ is known to be a circle, with $AB$ as a diameter. Is this also true for a geodesic ...
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Given angles and area, how to find sides of a spherical triangle?

So, given angles and area, how to find the sides of a spherical triangle? I only know that the angles uniquely determine the sides, but what is the relation?
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Nearest point on Spherical Cap

Let $A \subset \mathbb{S}^n$ be a spherical cap. More specifically, there exists a point $v \in \mathbb{S}^n$ and $\epsilon > 0$ such that $A = \{u \in \mathbb{S}^{n}\mid v\cdot u \geq \epsilon\}$. ...
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Solve trigonometric equations with sin and cos

I have two equations for two unknowns $u_k$ and $v_k$: $\tan{u_1} \tan{u_k} + \cos{(v_1 - v_k)} = 0$ $\tan{u_2} \tan{u_k} + \cos{(v_2 - v_k)} = 0$ where $u_1$, $v_1$, $u_2$ and $v_2$ are ...
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distance in n-dimensional space

According to answer of this question : Distance between 2 points in 3D space (in spherical polar coordinates) The distance between 2 points in 3 dimensional space is : $$ ...
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Analytical solution for volume when a plane cuts a hemi-sphere

I need to find the analytical solution when the plane $ P: z = grad\cdot y + z_{cut} $ cuts the hemi-sphere $ S: x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = r^2;\:y \leq 0 $. I constructed two 3D images in MatLab of the ...
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Sun position at sunrise & sunset

There are many many references telling me what time the sun will rise and set. There are also references telling me the sun's latitude on a given day. But... I want to find out where the sun will ...
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Test to know if a vector is inside a spherical triangle

Given a spherical triangle defined by $3$ unit vectors on a sphere, how can we test if a vector is contained inside the spherical triangle?