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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 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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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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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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How to find Latitudes and Longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane below earth's surface?

I want to find out the latitudes and longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane inside the earth's surface. I know dimensions of rectangle, angles of orientation and latitude and ...
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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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Trouble with understanding a spherical coordinate system.

We have a sphere with $r=1$, and we want the coordinates of $C$. $A$ is the north pole, and $AB$ is our prime meridian. See picture: I'm familiar with an $(x,y,z)$ coordinate system, but not so ...
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How I cut my orange - spherical volume integral

I cut my orange in six eatable pieces, following some rules. My orange is a perfect sphere, and there is a cylindrical volume down through my orange, that is not eatable. In the diagram, the orange ...
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What are the umbilic hypersurfaces in a sphere?

It is a well-known result that all umbilic hypersurfaces (complete and connected, say) of $\mathbb{R}^n$ are spheres or planes. But what can we say about umbilic hypersurfaces of a constant curvature ...
I am reading on implicit representations of surfaces and cant quite come around the following example. Take $F : \mathbb{R^3} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, where $F(x,y,z)=x^2+y^2+z^2$. Now we want to ...