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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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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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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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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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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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How to reason about two points on the unit sphere.

I've recently been thinking about various problems involving two points on the surface of a unit sphere. Let's specify them with a pair of unit 3-vectors ${\bf \hat a}$ an ${\bf \hat b}$. Is there ...
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Ratio of the Volume of n-spherical cap to the volume of n-sphere

Assume an n-dimensional sphere with radius $R$ and volume $V^{(n)}_s$. Also assume a corresponding n-spherical cap with height $h$ and volume $V^{(n)}_c$. what is the ratio of two volumes? ...
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Find the angles defining an hyperspherical cap

For the hyperspherical cap of dimension $n+1$ find all the angle $\phi_1, \phi_2, \ldots, \phi_n$ which defines the cap? I mean, I know a cap is usually define by its height $h$ and its base $a$. ...
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Is it true that the formulas of the volume and surface area of an n-dimensional sphere are best expressed in terms of $\eta = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

Someone told me that the formulas of the volume and surface area of an n-dimensional sphere get simplified a lot if we express them in terms of $\eta = \frac{\pi}{2}$ instead of $\pi$. . In terms of ...
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Antipodal map and parallel transport on $S^3$

I'm reading Thurston and Levy's "Three-dimensional geometry and topology" where they have an informal explanation of what life in $S^3$ would look like. For the following detail that I am concerned ...
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how to find distance in longitude and latitute when center and radius is given? [closed]

How to find distance in longitude and latitute when center and radius is given? for example: ...
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Number of reflection symmetries of a basketball

Excerpt from John Horton Conway, The Symmetries of Things, pg. 12. Basketballs have two planes of reflective symmetry, as do tennis balls. I read this sentence and it immediately struck me as ...
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creating a mono-monostatic body from a basketball and acrylic tube

I'm looking for a formula to calculate if it is possible to create a mono-monostatic body out of a miniature rubber basketball and an acrylic tube of a variable length. I have PUR casting resin that I ...
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Computing distance from line to point in geodetic environment

Supposing to be in a cartesian plan and that I have the following point: $$A(x_{1},y_{1}), B(x_{2},y_{2}), C(x_{3},y_{3}), D(x_{4},y_{4})$$ $$P(x_{0},y_{0})$$ Now immagine two lines, the fist one ...
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How to construct three mutually orthogonal circles in stereographic projection?

I'm new to spherical geometry and I enjoy doing ruler-and-compass constructions, so I'm trying to teach myself to do them in stereographic projection. I'm finding it challenging, to put it mildly. ...
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Different ways for calculating distance between two geodetic points give me different results

I'm trying to calculate the distance between two geodetic points in two different ways. The points are: A:(41.466138, 15.547839) B:(41.467216, 15.547025) The ...
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Given 3 Vertices of a Tetrahedron, Find the 4th

A regular tetrahedron is circumscribed by the Earth (assume spherical). You are given 3 of the 4 vertices (as latitude and longitude in decimal format), and asked to find the 4th. Any help is most ...
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Cover the n-sphere with sub-hemispherical caps

Original Question (answered): Define a cap (x,Phi) to be the set of all points of the sphere that are within an angle Phi of the point x. $ 0 \le \phi < \frac{\pi}{2} $. (define the angle ...
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Precalculus in a Nutshell, Geometry, Appendix B, Section 5, Question 14.

A sphere is circumscribed about a cube. Find the ratio of the volume of the cube to the volume of the sphere. So I drew this diagram: Next, I want to relate s and r. I apply Pythagorean theory to ...
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Extremal constant width curves on sphere

Definition Given some length $w\in\mathbb R$, I'm interested in closed convex sets $S$ of points with the following properties: For all pairs of points from $S$, the distance between them will be ...
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Project point onto line in Latitude/Longitude

Given line AB made from two Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates, and point C, how can I calculate the position of D, which is C projected onto D. Diagram:
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Which icosahedral triangles projected onto sphere's surface contain points in P?

I am working on a Python script to: Compute the vertex coordinates of a geodesic sphere/icosahedron, Project the triangles onto a sphere, then Find which spherical triangle contains an arbitrary ...
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How to find the intersection of three spheres (full solutions)?

The three equations of spheres are given $(x-x_{1})^2+(y-y_{1})^2+(z-z_{1})^2=a^2$ $(x-x_{2})^2+(y-y_{2})^2+(z-z_{2})^2=b^2$ $(x-x_{3})^2+(y-y_{3})^2+(z-z_{3})^2=c^2$ How do I find $(x,y,z)$ ...
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IS ASA applicable on triangles on the sphere?

$ASA= \text{Angle-Side-Angle}$ I was wondering if $ASA$ still worked on triangles for the sphere. I have a pretty hard time visualizing triangles on the sphere because I know the sum of their ...
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Formula for surface measure of spherical cap on $S^n$.

Can you show me an easy to use exact formula, or good lower and upper estimates, for the measure of a spherical cap of height $h$ on the sphere $S^n$?
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Ratio of Circumference to Diameter on a sphere

I was listening to an audiobook of Einstein when they started discussing spherical geometry and how Pi was no longer the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, so I set out to find the ...
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Ratio of volume to radius of a sphere

If I have two spheres of a known volume $V$ and radius $r$ and I make one bigger sphere out of them, what will the new sphere's radius be? For example: Sphere $1$: $r_1=2$, $V_1=8$. Sphere $2$: ...
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The unsolved mathematical light beam problem

I have the following problem: Imagine that you have a sphere sitting at the interface of two media(like water and oil). And the position(the heigth) of the interface to the center of the sphere is ...
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surface area of a slice of a hemisphere

Imagine a hemisphere on it's base in the horizontal plane (center at the origin). Imagine another plane P which passes through the center (origin) and inclined at alpha to the horizontal (the base of ...
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Algorithm to generate an uniform distribution of points in the volume of an hypersphere/on the surface of an hypersphere.

I am searching two simple/efficient/generic algorithms to generate a uniform distribution of random points: in the volume of a n-dimensional hypersphere on the surface of a n-dimensional hypersphere ...
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Convert spherical coordinates to Cartesian coordinates for a vector

So let's say I have a normalized vector $N$ given in cartesian coordinates and I have another normalized vector $V$, defined in spherical coordinates relative to the vector $N$. So $\theta_V$ is the ...
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Spherical coordinates of a unit vector around a normal $N$

So if I have a unit normal for a surface $N(x,y,z)$ and an incident unit vector $V(x,y,z)$ to that surface, how would I represent the vector V in spherical coordinates relative to the normal?
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“Center” of a spherical triangle

I have a very deficient background in geometry, so I come across questions like these and I'm not sure how to verify my intuition. Consider three points in $\mathbb{R}^3$, given by position vectors, ...
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Spherical coordinate system

I can easily write $z$ axis value is $r\cos\theta$ but what will be for $x$ and $y$ axis, explain a bit please. From the above how can I write the area element as $d\vec{a} = r^2\sin\theta d\theta ...
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Ray-Lens Intersection

So imagine that I have a ray parameterized as $\vec{R} = \vec{O} + t\vec{D}$, where $\vec{O}$ = origin, $t$ = parameter and $\vec{D}$ = direction vector. I also have a spherical lens with aperture ...
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Find position on surface of a lens

If I have a lens with coordinates UV on the lens surface where U, V are [-1, 1] and I want to find the real-world (x,y,z) coordinates of the UV point, how would I do that if I have the following ...
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Spherical geometry - relating angles of lunes and segments of great circles

Consider the picture below. I have a sphere of radius $r$, centered at $C$. The angle $\varphi$ is the dihedral angle between the plane defined by the shaded area and a plane through the indicated ...
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Help to find spherical Line

What is the spherical line through the points $(0,-1,0)$ and $\left(0,\frac{1}{2},\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\right)$? I solved: $G = \{(x,y,z)\in S^2 \mid \exists\ a,b,c \in \mathbb{R}, ax+by+cz = 0\}$ ...
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Find an atlas of charts on $S^2$ with certain properties

Find an atlas of charts on $S^2$ for which each chart preserves area, and the transition functions relating charts have derivatives with determinant 1. I have been thinking that I should consider the ...
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Geometry Question - Trihedral angles, planar geometry, spherical geometry

Two rays, $OX$ and $OY$, are drawn in the horizontal plane $\pi$, and the third ray, $OZ$, is drawn in space so that the rays $OX$, $OY$, and $OZ$ form a trihedral angle $OXYZ$. The planar angles ...
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Area of a geopolygon or polygon defined by longitude/latitude points

How would you go about finding the real area of a polygon which is defined by latitude/longitude points? Remember that the real area is different as a map is distorted towards the poles.
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The law of cosines for a sphere

$\cos(c) = \cos(a)\cos(b) + \sin(a)\sin(b)\cos(C)$ Prove that if $a$, $b$, and $c$ is approximately $0$, then $c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2ab~\cos(C)$. I wasn't sure how to prove this. One thought I had was ...
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Are there 3D tilings of a 3D projective hyperplane or 3-sphere?

I noticed that pentagons tile the projective plane (a spherical dodecahedron). Something they do not do on a flat euclidean plane. Is there analogous 3D tilings (honeycombs) of a 3D projective ...
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Geometry of spherical triangle

Using the formula for the area of a spherical triangle, find and prove a formula relating the angle sum of a spherical polygon to its area Thought: Area (spherical triangle) ...
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Can someone identify this algorithm for great-circle distance?

The below is an algorithm used by the jscoord library to calculate the distance between 2 coordinates: ...
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Centre of a spherical triangle

Suppose I have a triangle defined by 3 unit vectors {$v_1, v_2, v_3$} in a 3 dimensional complex inner product space. What would be the centre of such a triangle? I guess it should be something like ...
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Circle on sphere

Foreword This question was inspired by initial mistakes in this question. I wanted to explore the strange circle with $A>\pi r^2$ and got lost into geometrical jungle. A spherical cap is usually ...
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Spherical projection

An image of a square is projected onto a sphere (radius $R$) as above (the dot is the centre of the sphere, and the red projection is marked out where the line from the centre-dot to a point on the ...
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Converting between spherical coordinate systems

Say I have the spherical coordinates of some locations, specifically their longitude ($0$ to 360) and latitude (latitude = $0$ at equator, $90$ at north pole, $-90$ at south pole) on a sphere with a ...