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Curving points to a sphere

I think math.stackexchange is the right place to post this, but if not, feel free to tell me. I have a series of points to be plotted on a sphere (Each one has a latitude and longitude value). These ...
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Closed Operations in Spherical Space

Euclidean vector arithmetic (addition/subtraction) is not closed under a spherical space. For example: $\mathbb{S}^2=\{v \in{\mathbb{R}^3}|\|v\|=1\}$ We have $(1, 0, 0)\in\mathbb{S}^2$ and $(0, ...
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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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Verify whether the centre of a sphere is outside a pyramid whose vertices are given

I have a maths question where the equation of a sphere $S$ is said to be $x^2+y^2+z^2-12x-6y-4z = 0$, and I'm asked to show that the centre is outside the pyramid whose vertices are $A(12,0,0)$, $B (0,...
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Equation of a sphere passing 3 points and tangential to a line

I got a maths question that gives you 3 points, $A (6,0,0)$ and $B (6,6,0)$ and $C (0,6,0)$ and a line DG, D being $(0,0,6)$ and $G (0,6,6)$ so the equation of DG is $\vec r$ = 6$\hat i$ -$6t\hat j$ . ...
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Suppose that a triangle T on a unit sphere has area equal to π/2. Which of the following is necessarily true?

Suppose that a triangle T on a unit sphere has area equal to π/2. Which of the following is necessarily true? ...
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Volume of a spherical tetrahedron

In the paper Jun Murakami, The volume formulas for a spherical tetrahedron a formula for the volume of a spherical tetrahedron is given. I am trying to work through the details for the specific ...
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Any $1$-form (only on $S^3$?) can be uniquely written as a sum of a closed $1$-form and a coclosed $1$-form?

What is meant by saying that any $1$-form (only on $S^3$?) can be uniquely written as a sum of a closed $1$-form and a "co-closed" $1$-form? [...Since $H^1$ of $S^3$ is trivial it follows that the ...
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What is the difference between the sphere and projective space?

I know about the antipodal mapping. What I want to know is what the most significant differences between the sphere and projective space are, and how to think of each of them and their relationship ...
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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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Angled Spherical Sector - formulas?

I am glad to be here. First off, please excuse my almost saddening lack of knowledge. Math (in general) isn't my strong point. I might ask some really basic questions, you have been warned :) The ...
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Spherical Harmonics expansion of a Dirac Delta at the North Pole

I think all the coefficients for the spherical harmonic expansion of a delta function at the north pole should be a constant (presumably 1), but I'm having difficulties calculating them. Could someone ...
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Energy of particles on sphere and uniform rotation

I have a computer program containing some particles on a unit sphere, characterized by their positions $\{(\theta_i,\phi_i)\}$. They have a total energy given by the arc distance between particle ...
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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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Law of cosine in spherical trigonometry

I found from a book of mine the formula $\cos a=\cos b\cos c+\sin b\sin c\cos\alpha.$ Can this be true? If for example $a=1m,b=1m,c=1m,\alpha=1$, $m$ denotes by meter, then $\cos m=\cos^2 m+\sin^2m\...
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can a great circle route be predicted from initial condition?

Assuming the world is a sphere with no wind, can the great circle route of a vessel be predicted from the current position $\{\phi_i,\lambda_i\}$ and the current true course $\theta_i$? Presently, I'...
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spherical geometry

A mobile, on the surface of the earth, is at a point A. Travels 200 km south arriving at a point B. Later moves 200 km west arriving at a point C. Finally moves over 200 kilometers to the north, back ...
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General Formula for Volume of Spherical Triangle

I'm working on a problem for which I'm trying to divide a sphere into layers defined by integer radius values ($r\in{1, 2, ...}$) such that the segments in each layer all have the same volume. Doing ...
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Map Earth surface so straight line distance is great circle distance?

Is there a function $f:$ (latitude, longitude) $\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ (for any finite $n$) such that the linear distance between $f(x)$ and $f(y)$ is the great circle distance between $x$ ...
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Make a balloon with least total length of seams

I'd like to build a small hot-air balloon out of flame-retardant plastic sheeting to suspend a camera. The plastic sheeting (plastic film) is commonly sold in a long roll in a width of 20ft (6 meters)....
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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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integral over two spherical Bessel function

I am now having a problem regarding the integral over two spherical Bessel function. If anyone can give any help, it would be so nice of you. Thank you so much for any help. Specifically, I intend to ...
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How can I “move through a hypersphere?”

A man walking along a 2 dimensional circle will take a periodic path that begins and ends at the same point. Since he can travel in only a single direction, let's say how far along he is in his ...
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Are there exotic symplectic structures on $ S^2 $?

Besides the obvoius symplectic structure on $ S^2$ given by the area element in the standard embedding $ S^2 \to \Bbb R^3$, are there any other closed 2-forms on $ S^2$ which produce nonisomorphic ...
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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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Finding the coordinates of the corners of an aligned pole-centered spherical square

Given a spherical square of radius $1$, with edge midpoints at $(1, x, 0)$, $(1, x, \pi/2$), $(1, x, \pi)$ and $(1, x,3 \pi/2)$ (in the spherical coordinate system of (radial distance, polar angle, ...
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What is the maximum entropy distribution of points on a sphere that has a fixed non-zero average cosine of the polar angle?

Suppose we have a unit vector in 3D space whose orientation has some unknown distribution $p(\theta,\phi)$. All we know about this distribution is the average value of $cos(\theta)$: $\int_0^{2\pi}d\...
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Laplacian on Sphere of Function Only Depending on Angle Between Points

Consider a function $f:S^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ , with $S^2$ the unit $2$-sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let's say that $f$ depends only on the polar angle $\theta$ from the north pole (e.g., $f(r,\theta,\phi) =...
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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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Gauss Theorem example

Verify the Gauss theorem for the vector field $F(x)=\frac{x }{\|x\|},$ where $x \in W \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ and $$W=\left\{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 \left/ a^2\right.\leqslant x^2 + y^2 + z^2 \leqslant ...
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How to understand and create quaternions?

I have to multiply two quaternions to calculate a so called spherical linear interpolation between two $R^3$ coordinate systems within the interval $t = [0, 1]$. I understand how to do 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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Directions in spherical coordinates

Say I have a system with standard spherical coordinates. There's a man on that sphere and he's standing on the equator facing east. He chooses a random angle $0°-360°$ and turns that much in the clock ...
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Determine depth of a partially filled hemisphere

Recently came across a question in a Year 9 math book of which there was no "working out" supplied and offers now description on how they obtained the answer. The question goes like this: A bowl ...
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Vector Picking on the Unit Sphere

Imagine a vector from the center of a unit sphere to its surface: Now imagine a second vector generated in indentical fashion. Given the first vector, how can I generate vectors to uniformally ...
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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 d\...
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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 $...