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

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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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Intersection of two arcs on sphere

I have two arcs on a sphere that are defined as pair of points: (θ₀, φ₀), (θ₁, φ₁). I need to find a point where they intersect, or some indication if they don't. What is important is that they are ...
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What is the metric tensor on the n-sphere (hypersphere)?

I am considering the unit sphere (but an extension to one of radius $r$ would be appreciated) centered at the origin. Any coordinate system will do, though the standard angular one (with 1 radial and ...
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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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Spherical Trigonometry: Spherical triangle

ABC is an equilateral spherical triangle in which small displacements are made, in the sides and angles, of such a nature that the triangle remains equilateral. Prove that $$ \frac{da}{dA} = ...
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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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Normal intersecting a sphere

Let $\textbf{x}$ and $\textbf{y}$ be two points on the sphere. Show that the normal to the plane determined by the great circle through $\textbf{x}$ and $\textbf{y}$ intersects the sphere at the ...
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A different way of calculating the surface area of the sphere

I just don't understand this. I know $A_{sphere} = 4\pi r^2$ and the circumference $C_{sphere} = 2\pi r$, so why can't I just sum up (integrate) all the circumferences to get the area? That is, why ...
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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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Proving that the only glide reflection which maps more than one line to itself on a sphere is an antipodal map

I know that in Spherical geometry, a rotation is the same as a translation. So a glide reflection is the same as a rotation-reflection or translation-reflection. Also, geodesics in $S^2$, are great ...
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Given a latitude how many miles is the corresponding longitude?

OK so lines of longitude (the distance/circumference around the earth horizontally) differ based on what latitude you are at (0 at north and south poles up to ~25k at the equator.) So given a ...
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plot $(x,y)$ coordinates to a sphere

I have a planar mesh of hexagons (or any other shape) that I want to bend into the shape of a half-sphere. For this purpose I want to loop through each vertice in my mesh and find the proper z ...
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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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Spherical right triangle question

In a right spherical triangle, can the leg a be equal to the hypotenuse c? If yes, then find the radian measure of the angle A. I know there are equilateral spherical triangles where all the sides ...
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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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Finding a third coordinate on a sphere that is equidistant from two known coordinates

Here is my problem that I'm having some trouble with: I have the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of two points on Earth. I have no problem finding the great circle distance between the two ...
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approximation of law sines from spherical case to planar case

we know for plane triangle cosine rule is $\cos C=\frac{a^+b^2-c^2}{2ab}$ and on spherical triangle is $ \cos C=\frac{\cos c - \cos a \cos b} {\sin a\sin b}$ suppose $a,b,c<\epsilon$ which are ...
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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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Law sines in Spherical Triangle $\rightarrow$ Law sines in plane triangle

Could any one tell me how to estimate or get law of sines in Spherical Triangle to The Law of Sines in Plane Triangle? i.e $\frac{\sin a}{\sin A}=\frac{sin b}{\sin B}=\frac{\sin c}{\sin C}$ to ...
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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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compute minimum distance between point and great arc on sphere

Suppose I have a point $P$ on a unit sphere whose spherical coordinates are $(\theta, \varphi)$, and a great arc from point $Q$ to point $R$, also specified in spherical coordinates. I want to find ...
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Relation between area of a triangle on a sphere and plane

We know area of a plane triangle $\Delta=\sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}$ where $s=\frac{a+b+c}{2}$. I was just thinking: let we have a triangle with arc length $a,b,c$ on a sphere of radius $r$, do we have ...
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to find volume of spherical tetrahedron and triangle area

I have two question though they are different in some way Could any one tell me how to find area of spherical triangle in a easiest way? How to find the volume of Spherical tetrahedron! which is in ...
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Spherical Geometry (SG) Vs Euclidean Geometry(EG)

Could any one tell me what are the fundamental contrasts with postulates of Euclidean Geometry and Spherical Geometry? I myself see these things, please tell me if there are more: Lines in EG are ...
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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 ...