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

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problem or doubt regarding visualizing angles of spherical triangle

I must confess that I am not able to visualize or understand what is the angle of a spherical triangle say $ABC$ where $A,B,C$ are vertices of the triangle which is formed by intersection of three ...
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How to minimize the length of a curve on $S^2$

The length of a curve $\gamma$ starting from a point $p$ and ending at another point $q$ on $S^2$ is given by the formula $$l_{\gamma}(S^2)=\int_{0}^{1}\sqrt{(d\phi/dt)^2+ \sin^2\phi ...
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two points on a unit sphere

Consider the two vectors to the points on the unit sphere, $${\bf v}_i=(\sin\theta_i\cos\varphi_i,\sin\theta_i\sin\varphi_i,\cos\theta_i)$$ with $i=1,2$. Use the dot product to get the angle $\psi$ ...
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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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Discretize a circle on a sphere with a given center and radius

I would like to draw a discretized circle on the surface of a sphere (the Earth in that case). The input of the algorithm would be the center of the circle (expressed as longitude and latitude), the ...
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Geodesics on a 2-sphere

I've been doing some work where I need to find the geodesics in a given Riemannian Manifold. Let's take the example of the two sphere, for simplicity, with unitary radius. The distance between two ...
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Given an arc length and an angle, how do I get a sphere coordinate?

Assuming I start at the top of a sphere and am given the radius of the sphere, an angle to turn, and a distance to walk along the sphere, how could I find my destination in the sphere coordinate ...
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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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how to calculate distance from a given latitude and longitude on the earth to a specific geostationary satellite

As the title suggests, I would like to know how to calculate the straight-line distance from a given latitude+longitude point on the earth to a given satellite in the geostationary belt. Perhaps a ...
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Generating evenly distributed points on a sphere

How could I write an algorithm to generate n points distributed 'evenly' on a sphere? I already wrote an algorithm to generate points distributed uniformly on the surface (here), but by 'evenly' ...
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Fréchet mean of the spherical shape space

The Fréchet mean of a general subspace is defined as $$F(x)=\int_M dist(x,y)^2d\mu(y),$$ where $\mu$ is the probability measure on a general metric space $(M,dist)$. I think the sample mean of ...
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Distance measurement between latitude/longiture pairs.

I need to calculate the distance between two lat/lng coordinate pairs. In addition, If given an initial lat/lng coordinate, angle of travel, and distance, I need to calculate the resulting lat/lng ...
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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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Average distance from point to spherical square?

I need to calculate the average distance from a point to a $4$ sided spherical polygon. Can someone point me to the right direction? I guess either the average point of a spherical square or centroid ...
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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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calculating the area on the surface os a sphere created by intersection of two spherical caps!

Consider a spherical object composed of two compartments (A and B, not necessarily hemispheres) sitting at the interface which is characterized by a plane separating 1 and 2. For this case, ...
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Finding the area of a spherical triangle

I am asked to calculate the area of a spherical triangle of points $(0,0,1),(\frac{1}{\sqrt2},0, \frac{1}{\sqrt2})$ and $(0,1,0)$. I know I will have to use Gauss Bonnet formula , after having found ...
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Is there a general equation expressing the area of a spherical quadrilateral using two polar angles, an azimuth, and a radius?

Is there a general equation expressing the area of a spherical quadrilateral using two polar angles, $\theta_1$ and $\theta_2$, an azimuth, $\phi$, and a radius, $r$? I know this can be done by ...
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Volume of a sphere using geometry

How to derive the formula for the volume of a sphere using geometry? $V = (4/3) \pi r^3$ Edit: How did Archimedes calculate the volume of a sphere? Integration wouldn't have been there at his ...
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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 ...
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What's wrong with an irregular digon?

I recently found that there were some things that could be said about the digon, the polygon with 2 vertices and 2 edges; in particular, the Wikipedia article notes that “in spherical geometry a ...
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Integration on a sphere

I have an integral at hand which has the form of $$I = \int_{u\in \mathbb{S}^2} f(\mathbf{u}\cdot \mathbf{s}_1) f(\mathbf{u}\cdot \mathbf{s}_2) d\mathbf{u}$$ where $\mathbb{S}^2$ is the unit sphere ...
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Angles spherical triangles

In the paper 'Examples of spherical tilings by congruent quadrangles' by Ueno and Agaoka, I came across the following claim (p.142): the sum of two angles in a spherical triangle is less than the sum ...
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Uniform distribution of points on the surface of a circle around a randomly chosen point

In a Monte Carlo simulation i have encountered the following problem: given a unity vector u defining a point A on the surface of a unity sphere, i must randomly determine a new vector forming an ...
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Surface integral on a sphere using spherical coordinates

I have a question involving surface integral on a unit sphere. Suppose $s_1$ and $s_2$ are two points on a unit sphere with spherical coordinates $(\theta_1, \psi_1)$ and $(\theta_2, \psi_2)$, ...
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Name and properties of spherical polygon with small-circle sides

Just as the title says: is there a formal name for a convex polygon on a sphere, of which the vertices are connected not by great circle but by small circle segments? My end goal is to intersect two ...
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Graph Isomorphisms, Delaunay Triangulation on a sphere, and Kulikowski's Theorem

Suppose I have a collection of $n$ non-collinear points on a sphere, $\left\lbrace P_i\right\rbrace_{i=1}^n $. And I construct a mapping from this collection of points to the Delaunay Triangulation ...
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Find third geographic coordinate in triangle using spherical earth model

I'm trying to solve triangulation problems using geographic coordinates from a GPS. all calulations must use the spherical earth model (great circle distance). Given the points and lengths: Point A: N ...
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Apollonius Pursuit Problem

Most references in a brief search under 'Apollonius' concern tangent circles. The problem I am interested in is the Apollonius pursuit problem. In the plane, the question concerns the point at which ...
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Real numbers mapped onto a sphere

We can compare real values if they were greater, lesser but we cannot do same for complex numbers. What if we map real values(within some small range) onto a sphere and declare each one of them as ...
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spherical triangle inequality for multiple edges

Consider a spherical triangle, with side lengths $0 \leq a,b,c \leq \pi$. In texts on spherical geometry we see proofs that $a \leq b + c$ but this inequality is unnecessarily weak, in that some sets ...
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Moving points along a curve on sphere.

I have two points on a unit sphere. I also have their coordinates. ...
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Formula for the fourth side of a spherical quadrilateral

Given two sides $a,b$ of a spherical triangle and the angle $C$ between them, the spherical law of cosines gives an elegant formula for the missing edge length $c$: $$\cos c = \cos a \cos b+ \sin a ...
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Angle between GPS coordinates

I realize GPS Coordinates are spherical coordinates. However I know the earth is more of an ellipsoid. I need to compute with a fairly high degree of accuracy the pitch and yaw between two objects ...
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dotting gradient in spherical coordinates with displacement vector

The gradient in spherical coordinates is given by: $\nabla f = \left(\frac{\partial f}{\partial r}, \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial f}{\partial \theta}, \frac{1}{r \sin \theta} \frac{\partial f}{\partial ...
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Cardinality of Mappings on a 2-Sphere

I am wondering about the number of mappings from a point on a sphere to a neighboring point, and a not so neighboring point. If I take a 2-sphere, and place it on some $x,y,z$-axis and fix those so ...
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Coordinates of interception point Y with XY being the shortest distance of X to AB on sphere

How would one calculate the interception point $Y$ with $\overleftrightarrow{XY}$ being the shortest distance of $X$ to $\overleftrightarrow{AB}$? This answer to the question How to find the ...
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Internal angle of a vertex of degree $d$ in $\mathbb{E}^2$ and $\mathbb{S}^2$

I am currently working on determining the maximum number of times the minimum spherical distance can occur among $n$ points in $\mathbb{S}^2$, and I have the following question. In $\mathbb{E}^2$, ...
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Area of a Spherical Triangle from Side Lengths

I am currently working on a proof involving finding bounds for the f-vector of a simplicial $3$-complex given an $n$-element point set in $\mathbb{E}^3$, and (for a reason I won't explain) am needing ...
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Why does every direction at the north pole point south?

Why does every direction at the north pole point south? Why doesn't this happen at any other point on (face of the) earth? Is this due to convention used by humans or is there a geometrical ...
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Integrate linear function over spherical triangle

In the plane I can integrate a linear function over a triangle as the average of the corner values times the area of the triangle. Then if I subdivide the triangle into 4 triangles by introducing a ...
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How to calculate the area of a circle ( given: origin, radius ) on a sphere ( Earth )?

I know that the Earth isn't a sphere, not even an ellipsoid, but for my measurements, its an acceptable approximation. Assuming I have a coordinate(lat,lon) and a distance( e.g.: 1000km ), what is the ...
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radius around point

I have a question, I am trying to calculate a radius between two latitude and longitude points on the Google map. I understand the coding part, but I do not understand the mathematical side to it. I ...
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Travelling Salesman Problem on the unit sphere

Let vertices be defined on the unit sphere by its longitudes $\lambda_i$ and latitudes $\phi_i$. The distance between $i$ and $j$ is defined as follows: $\arccos(\sin(\lambda_i) \sin(\lambda_j) ...
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Why do derivatives of certain equations relating to circles yield other similar equations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the derivative of a circle's area its perimeter (and similarly for spheres)? We all know that the volume of a sphere is: $V = \frac{4}{3}\pi r^{3}$ and its ...
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How to project a spherical map onto a sphere / cube

I have this panorama, an spherical map from google streetview, and want to map this on a sphere/cube. Below are some examples and illustrations, i am going to implement it in c++ and are not sure ...
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Find Double of Distance Between 2 Quaternions

I want to find the geometric equivalent of vector addition and subtraction in 3d for quaternions. In 3d difference between 2 points(a and b) gives the vector from one point to another. (b-a) gives the ...
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angles between $n$ points on an $n-2$ dimensional sphere

$n$ points are placed on an $n-2$-sphere so that the smallest angle from the centre between any pair of the points is maximised. What is this smallest angle? $n=1 \ \ \ \cos^{-1}{1}\\ n=2 \ \ \ ...
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How many spherical quadrangles exist with a given ordered sequence of inner angles.

Well, I think the title already explains my question. Given a sphere and an ordered sequence of inner angles ($\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$, $\delta$) how many spherical quadrangles do there exist that ...