geometry as on the surface of a sphere, where "lines" are great circles and any pair of lines must intersect

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Is it possible to have a mapping from the surface of a sphere to the surface of a sphere? [on hold]

I am asking this question because I would like to distribute N points uniformly in the surface of a torus...since I have not solution if N is prime, maybe it is possible through an sphere. There is a ...
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Lift of isometries of spherical space forms

If we have an isometry between two spherical space forms, then it is said that it lifts to an isometry of the sphere. Why is that?
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Is the spherical harmonic representation of a 2D field independent of grid?

What I am currently unable to understand is whether the spherical harmonic representation of a 2D field is in any way tied to the nature of the grid on which decomposition/composition is performed. I ...
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In the real spherical harmonics, where does the sqrt(2) factor come from?

The real spherical harmonics can be written in terms of the complex spherical harmonics: $$ Y_{\ell m} = \begin{cases} \displaystyle \sqrt{2} \, (-1)^m \, \operatorname{Im}[{Y_\ell^{|m|}}] & ...
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Spherical coordinates and the Law of Cosines

I have one question on my project. I am assuming earth is a perfect sphere. How can I get from the Law of Cosines $$\cos(c)=\cos(\operatorname{lat} A)\cos(\operatorname{lat} ...
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How to cut a sphere in 3 parts of equal volume?

I ran across this problem when working on an architecture design project. I know this probably involves integral math but I'm not very familiar with it. Any help would be appreciated.
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Reflections On Sphere Surface / Getting Great Circle from two 3D points

I'm trying to calculate the reflection of a point across another point, both of which are on the surface of a sphere. I believe I could do this by getting the formula for the great circle of the ...
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Equal-area sparse spherical shell partitioning

I'm trying to solve a particular problem that arose in a computer graphics context, but can be generalised to a bigger problem as well. I'm not entirely sure if this question belongs to MathExchange ...
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How many spherical caps of height $h$ and base circle radius $a$ can cover a sphere of radius $R$?

Question How many spherical caps of height $h$ and base circle radius $a$ can cover a sphere $\mathbb S $ of radius $R \quad (R \gg a)$? What I have thought so far Since the area of the ...
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Surface area of a 2-sphere in Abstract Index Notation

I believe the following completely specify a 2-sphere of radius 1 in AIN: $$ R_{ijkl}=\epsilon_{ij}\epsilon_{kl} \\ R_{ij}=g_{ij}\\ R_{ii}=g_{ii}=2 $$ It is easy enough to determine the area by ...
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Law of sines: uniform proof of Euclidean, spherical & hyperbolic cases

There is a unified formulation of law of sines which is true in all 3 constant curvature geometries (Euclidean, spherical, hyperbolic): $$ \frac{l(a)}{\sin\alpha}= \frac{l(b)}{\sin\beta}= ...
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Non congruent (spherical) quadrilateral with same angles

I want to construct two quadrilaterals on the unit sphere with same interior angles $\alpha_1,…,\alpha_4$ and the same perimeter, but which are not congruent to each other. Is that possible? How can ...
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Computing distance on a sphere

Let's say I want to compute the distance between two far points on Earth, say Toronto and Brazil. I can do this by getting in my car, setting my odometer to zero and then driving to Brazil. For me, ...
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Does there exist a spherical quadrilateral with all angles pi/2?

Does there exist a spherical quadrilateral with all angles pi/2? I do not think so but I am not sure. I am unable to really visualize this. Please offer suggestions. Thank you.
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find a triangle on S2 all of whose angles are pi/2

I am stuck on this question. I am not sure how specific to be but I am thinking it is the triangle formed by any three great circles passing on S2 since they pass through the origin. Please offer ...
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Formula for Determinant of Vectors given in spherical coordinates

In 2D, one has an easy formula for the determinant of two vectors given in spherical coordinates, i.e. $\begin{vmatrix} \cos(\phi_1) &\cos(\phi_2)\\ \sin(\phi_1) &\sin(\phi_2)\end{vmatrix} ...
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Find the diameter of the new sphere assuming that the volume of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its diameter [duplicate]

Find the diameter of the new sphere assuming that the volume of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its diameter. I know that diameter is equal to the twice of radius. How can you possibly solve ...
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Find the length of any great circle on $\mathbb{S}^2$

I am speculating that the length is $2\pi$ because the circumference of a unit circle in $\mathbb{R}^2$ is $2\pi$. From my understanding, a great circle in $\mathbb{S}^2$ would be a circle centered ...
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Determining end coordinates of line with the specified length and angle on a spherical surface.

I have the point (x1o (degree),y1o (degree)), the angle 0≤a<360 in degrees and the length l>0. How do I determine the end point (x2o (degree),y2o (degree)) if there is a line between (x1o ...
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Spherical harmonic expansion of a sphere

Seeing as one can expand any function on the sphere in terms of the spherical harmonics, I was thinking it should be possible to express the function for a sphere itself in terms of them. I have ...
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Explaining Spin(3)

I’m going to discuss the action of Spin(3) on Euclidean vectors. This thing has several alternative names: “versors”/“rotation quaternions”, “quaternionic adjoint representation”, “quaternion action ...
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Do the $2^n$ hyper-octants of a $n$-sphere always have a $n$-dimensional right angle? Is $\pi/2$ only fundamental in $2$ and $3$ dimensions?

In $2$ dimensions, a $2$-sphere can be divided into $2^2 = 4$ congruent pieces, the $4$ quadrants, each of angle $\pi/2$ radians. In $3$ dimensions, a $3$-sphere can be divided into $2^3 = 8$ ...
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Stereographic Projection preserves angles at the south pole

Show that stereographic projection preserves angles at the "south pole" $S=(0,0,-1)$. I really don't know how to approach this problem. The main problem is that I do not have a good definition ...
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Line-of-Sight Angle on Sphere

I'm trying to calculate the angle (in degrees) between two latitude/longitude pairs, but with a twist. Most calculations I see use the Great Circle / bearing method, but this does not seem correct ...
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Loxodrome : found an error on wolfram MathWorld web site?

Could it be?... We find this claim on Wolfram MathWorld site http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SphericalSpiral.html The claim is that this curve (given in oblate spheroidal coordinates in the limit where ...
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Loxodrome parametric equations

I have been trying to understand HOW one arrives at the equations $x=cos(t)cos(c)$ $y=sin(t)cos(c)$ $z=−sin(c)$ of the loxodrome. I can see that if the transformation to spherical coordinates is ...
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Question on setting up Gosset for a spherical caps search

I just obtained Neil Sloane's Gosset program which does spherical designs, but I am having trouble setting it up to look for n optimal spherical caps on the unit sphere S2. Has anyone here used Gosset ...
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Great circles on a unit sphere

Any hints as to how I can find the equation of all great circles passing through a given point (polar angle $\theta$, azimuthal angle $\phi$) on the surface of a unit sphere? Thanks.
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Volume of a sphere “corner”

I would like to find the formula of the volume of the "corner" of a sphere of radius R, more specifically the volume delimited in a sphere by the intersection of two perpendicular planes, one parallel ...
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Is there any special name for a $n$-torus made by products of hyperspheres?

I was wondering if there exist an accepted name for an $n$-torus made by the product of hyperspheres $\mathbb{S}^d$, that is for the following set: $$ ...
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Rotation invariant method to compare points on spherical surface

Is there any rotation invariant method that I can use to compare the similarity between the three groups of "A" points as shown below?
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Looking for algorithm for spherical point in polygon that works across meridian and anti-meridian

I need to process millions of latitude/longitude points every day to see if they are located within a defined lat/lon bounded polygon. The polygon may be rectangular, or it may be some irregular 3.. ...
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Finding the leftmost, rightmost, top, and bottom, points, on a surface, of a sphere.

So I'm making a 3D game, and the player is inside a glass sphere. I'm projecting a bunch of points onto the sphere, and I need to find the leftmost, rightmost, topmost, and bottommost points, so I can ...
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Spherical geometry/trigonometry: lat/lon of intersection between line of sight from a given lat/lon and altitude above ground

Originally posted in GIS, but not sure if it belongs there. Given a starting latitude, longitude and altitude, and a line of sight defined by azimuth and elevation, I want to find the latitude and ...
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Determine if one point lies between two other points on a sphere

My question is rather simple. Can I use the dot product to determine if a coordinate lies between two others? With coordinates I mean a Point P(latitude, longitude) on the surface of the sphere. I ...
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Spherical geometry as an example of non euclidean geometry

I have recently been learning some hyperbolic geometry and the professor briefly mentioned spherical geometry. From a modern, naive point of view, it seems quite easy to show that spherical geometry ...
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A point minimizing total great circle distance to a given set of points on a hemisphere

If you have a set of points on a hemisphere, how do you find a point on that hemisphere that has the minimum total great circle distance to the points in the set.
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intersection of a line and plane on a 3-sphere

Suppose I have two 4D points, $\mathbf{a}=(a_1,a_2,a_3,a_4)$ and $\mathbf{b}=(b_1,b_2,b_3,b_4)$, that both lie on a unit 3-sphere (i.e. unit distance from origin). In addition, I have a 2-D plane that ...
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Granted I have NE and SW coordinates for a rectangle, how do I get the center point?

I've got the NE and SW coordinates/points for a minimum bounding rectangle. How do I calculate the center point of this rectangle? At first thought, I could calculate this using simple division. ...
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Converting quaternions to spherical angles

Consider a situation where a beam is shot at a cube C from an arbitrary position P. The cube detects the angle of incidence relative to its $ x $ axis. The cube can be rotated and moved, and the ...
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How to work out miles between Longitude values based on a Latitude value.

We know that when Latitude is 0, the distance between Longitude values is roughly 69 miles. When the Latitude is +/-90, Longitude values are 0 miles. At 0 Latitude, the earths circumference is ...
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list of points of a circle on a sphere, given a coordinate and radii

Here's the setup: a sphere with radius R. Now choose a single point or coordinate, C, on the sphere (in latitude and longitude). Now choose a smaller radius, S, and draw a circle around the point C. ...
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Trigonometric rule on a spherical square

Consider a square on a sphere (in three dimensions), with edges of length $a$ and angles $\beta$. I want to prove the following formula: $$ \cos(a) = \cot^2(a) = \frac{1 + \cos(\beta)}{1 - ...
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Non-Euclidean Geometry: Objects on which every line is a closed curve, e.g. a sphere

For any point $P$ on a sphere $S$, every line (geodesic?) containing $P$ is closed, i.e. wraps around $S$ and passes through $P$ "again." 1) Are there other objects besides spheres for which this ...
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Is it possible to calculate azimuth based on known elevation and central angle?

based on the wiki page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-circle_distance#Formulas it's possible to calculate central angle from known azimuth and elevation of two points (on unit sphere). But is it ...
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Area of triangle on a sphere (not spherical triangle)

How do I find the area of a triangle on a sphere, and the triangle is not a spherical triangle, for example, the triangle is formed with two geodesics and a line of latitude. Is there a specific ...
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Geodesic on n-dimensional sphere

I have a flow on n-dimensional sphere which has a stabilizing action. The tangential velocity will not be a constant, it will indeed decrease to zero as the desired point is reached. First the ...
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n-spherical geometry

I'm interested in spherical geometry on the n-sphere. Surely this has been done, but I can't find anything online. Where? No luck with n-spherical geometry, hyperspherical geometry, or higher ...
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Area covered by multiple (possibly intersecting) circles on surface of sphere

I have a number of circles of same radius on surface of sphere (Google Maps API). I'm trying to calculate the total area covered by these possibly intersecting circles. My current solution is ...
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Intersection of perpendicular bisectors of a spherical triangle

I have 3 points on a unit sphere identified by their XYZ coordinates. They form a spherical triangle. If I'm not mistaken, perpendicular bisectors of a spherical triangle intersect in a single point, ...