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

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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 rest ...
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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 $\theta_{1},...,...
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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), i=0,...
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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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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 parameters....
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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 : $$ \sqrt{r_1^2+r_2^2-2r_1r_2\...
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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?
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Spherical Triangle

I know that the area for a spherical triangle is calculated as Area $= r^2(a+b+c-\pi)=r^2E$ where $E= (a+b+c-\pi)$ is the spherical excess I was wondering why do you have to multiply by $r^2$ (the ...
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Fit circle between points located on unit-sphere

Suppose I have a sphere of points with two coordinates (two angles), all points are located on a unit sphere, so radius of the sphere is one. Now my problem is, I want to find empty circles, or ...
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In an equilateral spherical triangle, show that SecA=1+Seca

Q. In an equilateral spherical triangle, show that $SecA=1+Seca$ So A is the vertex or the angle of the triangle and a is the side of the equilateral spherical triangle. I started off the proof by ...
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If I wanted to drive due west around the earth would I need to turn my steering wheel?

Assume I found a land route around the earth that followed a single line of latitude and was perfectly smooth. I want to drive my car due west around the earth and return to the same point that I ...
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Continuity of maximum distance between geodesics on a smooth manifold

I am working on my own version of a proof of the Jordan Separation Theorem (just for fun - I know it's been proved countless times) and in the course of so doing I use the apparently fairly obvious ...
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Finding latitude and longitude

Suppose that P is the north pole and points X and Y in the northern hemisphere are 45◦ apart and form a triangle P XY with angles 60◦ at X and 80◦ at P. Find the latitude of Y . Can you determine the ...
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Find the sum of the sides in a spherical right triangle

In a spherical triangle the angles at α, β and γ are π/5, π/3, π/2. Find the sum of the sides, we shall call the sides a,b,c So I'm looking at the formulas and I see one of Napier's rule which ...
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Find the intersection point of a great circle arc and latitude line

In spherical geometry, I need to know at what longitude λ a great circle arc φ1,λ1-φ2,λ2 has intersected a line of latitude φ. I have found the equivalent equation for solving latitude φ for an ...
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Intensity distribution of a Lambertian LED as a function of angle

I have a practical spherical geometry problem that I'm having trouble cracking. I'm illuminating a planar surface with an LED that has a Lambertian intensity distribution, i.e. the intensity drops off ...
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Intersection point is in the triangle

On $X={\bf R}^2$ or $S^2(1)$, we have a triangle $\triangle ABC$ whose perimeter is small. On $D\in \overline{BC}$, let $$ r_1:=|BD|,\ r_2:=|CD| $$ Consider spheres $S(B,r_1),\ S(C,r_2),\ S(A,r)$. ...
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n-by-n degree grid on a sphere?

I've been trying to generate an evenly spaced grid centred at a given point on a sphere, such that the angular separation between any neighbouring pair of points is the same (e.g., 1 degree). The grid ...
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Spherical Triangle properties

In a spherical triangle ABC do the following properties hold? (a) If AB = AC are the base angles at B and C equal? Yes (b) If the angles at B and C are equal is it true that AB = AC? Yes (c) Do the ...
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Point within a spherical triangle given areas

Consider a spherical triangle like this: where $A_1, A_2, A_3,$ and $P$ are points on the sphere and $t_1, t_2, t_3$ are the proportion of the area of the large triangle contained within the small ...
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Spherical distance

The spherical distance between two points (P1=(0,0,1) P2=($\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}}$,$\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}}$,$-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$) ) is $\frac{5\pi }{6}$ I am at a loss as to how the spherical distance was ...
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Find the missing sides and angles in following case for a spherical triangle ABC:

$\bf{QUESTION}$: Find the missing sides and angles in following case for a spherical triangle ABC: $$a)a=60°,\beta=90°, \gamma=75° $$ So, if I am right my book says sides are denoted by lowercase ...
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Arc length in spherical triangle [closed]

A spherical triangle has angles of 120◦, 60◦ and 45◦. Find the cosines of the (arc) lengths of the sides. How many sides have an arc length larger than 90◦?
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Finding angles in spherical triangle using law of cosines

Problem: Assume that the earth is a sphere of radius $5280$ miles, find the length of the sides, the measure of the angles and the area of the spherical triangle with vertices $A(70°N,10°E)$,$B(10°S,...
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Spherical triangle vertices to spherical coordinates

Problem: Assume that the earth is a sphere of radius 5280 miles, find the length of the sides, the measure of the angles and the area of the spherical triangle with vertices A(70°N,10°E),B(10°S,100°E) ...
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Finding circle of a sphere through two points

We have two points $P_1, P_2$ on a sphere $S$ of radius $R$. Suppose for $r \ll R$, the distance between $P_1$ and $P_2$ is less than $2r$. Then, $P_1$ and $P_2$ both lie on exactly two radius-$r$ ...
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Drawing ellipse as google.maps.Polygon with 8 points

In a web page using Google Maps JavaScript API v3 (including Geometry library) I currently draw an ellipse as a "diamond" with 4 corner points by the following JavaScript code: ...
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Finding the length of the sides, the measure of the angles and area of spherical triangles?

I'm trying to understand this problem in the textbook but I got lost in one part: Problem: Assume that the earth is a sphere of radius $5280$ miles, find the length of the sides, the measure of the ...
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Stereographic projection of a sphere

What should have been a simple exercise in geometry has morphed into a multi-day affair with me figuratively tearing my hair out. I have no clue what's wrong. This image accompanies the problem: ...
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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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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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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}= \frac{l(c)}{\...
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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, ...