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

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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}= ...
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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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Does there exist a spherical quadrilateral with all angles pi/2?

Does there exist a spherical quadrilateral with all angles pi/2? I do not think so but I am not sure. I am unable to really visualize this. Please offer suggestions. Thank you.
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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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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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approximating geodesic distances on the sphere by euclidean distances of a transformed sphere

Is there a way to find a function $F:\mathbb S^2 \rightarrow \mathbb R^3$ of class $C^1$, minimizing $$\int_{\mathbb S^2\times\mathbb S^2}(d(F(x),F(y))−\delta(x,y))^2 dx dy$$ , where $d$ stands for ...
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Area of a truncated lune of the outer part of a spherical wedge

I am modelling the surface area of a hemispherical coral with a notch along the bottom of one edge. The notch is created via a 10 degree spherical wedge which is divided vertically into two such that ...
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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, ...
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find a triangle on S2 all of whose angles are pi/2

I am stuck on this question. I am not sure how specific to be but I am thinking it is the triangle formed by any three great circles passing on S2 since they pass through the origin. Please offer ...
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Formula for Determinant of Vectors given in spherical coordinates

In 2D, one has an easy formula for the determinant of two vectors given in spherical coordinates, i.e. $\begin{vmatrix} \cos(\phi_1) &\cos(\phi_2)\\ \sin(\phi_1) &\sin(\phi_2)\end{vmatrix} ...
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Find the diameter of the new sphere assuming that the volume of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its diameter [duplicate]

Find the diameter of the new sphere assuming that the volume of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its diameter. I know that diameter is equal to the twice of radius. How can you possibly solve ...
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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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Find the length of any great circle on $\mathbb{S}^2$

I am speculating that the length is $2\pi$ because the circumference of a unit circle in $\mathbb{R}^2$ is $2\pi$. From my understanding, a great circle in $\mathbb{S}^2$ would be a circle centered ...
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Determining end coordinates of line with the specified length and angle on a spherical surface.

I have the point (x1o (degree),y1o (degree)), the angle 0≤a<360 in degrees and the length l>0. How do I determine the end point (x2o (degree),y2o (degree)) if there is a line between (x1o ...
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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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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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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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Stereographic Projection preserves angles at the south pole

Show that stereographic projection preserves angles at the "south pole" $S=(0,0,-1)$. I really don't know how to approach this problem. The main problem is that I do not have a good definition ...
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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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Loxodrome : found an error on wolfram MathWorld web site?

Could it be?... We find this claim on Wolfram MathWorld site http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SphericalSpiral.html The claim is that this curve (given in oblate spheroidal coordinates in the limit where ...
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Loxodrome parametric equations

I have been trying to understand HOW one arrives at the equations $x=cos(t)cos(c)$ $y=sin(t)cos(c)$ $z=−sin(c)$ of the loxodrome. I can see that if the transformation to spherical coordinates is ...
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Great circles on a unit sphere

Any hints as to how I can find the equation of all great circles passing through a given point (polar angle $\theta$, azimuthal angle $\phi$) on the surface of a unit sphere? Thanks.
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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 ...
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Question on setting up Gosset for a spherical caps search

I just obtained Neil Sloane's Gosset program which does spherical designs, but I am having trouble setting it up to look for n optimal spherical caps on the unit sphere S2. Has anyone here used Gosset ...
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Calculate flight distance from one city to another on earth (sphere) [closed]

I've been sitting with this problem, I really cannot get solved. How do you calculate the flight distance from one city to another, given the longitude and latitude of the cities. For instance, can ...
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Volume of a sphere “corner”

I would like to find the formula of the volume of the "corner" of a sphere of radius R, more specifically the volume delimited in a sphere by the intersection of two perpendicular planes, one parallel ...
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Is there any special name for a $n$-torus made by products of hyperspheres?

I was wondering if there exist an accepted name for an $n$-torus made by the product of hyperspheres $\mathbb{S}^d$, that is for the following set: $$ ...
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Is there a similar formula in spherical and hyperbolic geometry as Euclidean Geometry?

In an Euclidean plane, we know that the area of a triangle is determined by the length of base and the height, then is there a similar thing do happen in Spherical and hyperbolic spaces? In ...
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Rotation invariant method to compare points on spherical surface

Is there any rotation invariant method that I can use to compare the similarity between the three groups of "A" points as shown below?
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Looking for algorithm for spherical point in polygon that works across meridian and anti-meridian

I need to process millions of latitude/longitude points every day to see if they are located within a defined lat/lon bounded polygon. The polygon may be rectangular, or it may be some irregular 3.. ...
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Finding the leftmost, rightmost, top, and bottom, points, on a surface, of a sphere.

So I'm making a 3D game, and the player is inside a glass sphere. I'm projecting a bunch of points onto the sphere, and I need to find the leftmost, rightmost, topmost, and bottommost points, so I can ...
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Spherical geometry/trigonometry: lat/lon of intersection between line of sight from a given lat/lon and altitude above ground

Originally posted in GIS, but not sure if it belongs there. Given a starting latitude, longitude and altitude, and a line of sight defined by azimuth and elevation, I want to find the latitude and ...
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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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Determine if one point lies between two other points on a sphere

My question is rather simple. Can I use the dot product to determine if a coordinate lies between two others? With coordinates I mean a Point P(latitude, longitude) on the surface of the sphere. I ...
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Spherical geometry as an example of non euclidean geometry

I have recently been learning some hyperbolic geometry and the professor briefly mentioned spherical geometry. From a modern, naive point of view, it seems quite easy to show that spherical geometry ...
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Lat/Long grid points covered by projecting rectangle onto sphere

Before my question proper, a little background: I'm wanting to optimise some computer rendering by eliminating the drawing of things that aren't visible given the current view. Suppose we have a ...
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How to work out miles between Longitude values based on a Latitude value.

We know that when Latitude is 0, the distance between Longitude values is roughly 69 miles. When the Latitude is +/-90, Longitude values are 0 miles. At 0 Latitude, the earths circumference is ...
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A point minimizing total great circle distance to a given set of points on a hemisphere

If you have a set of points on a hemisphere, how do you find a point on that hemisphere that has the minimum total great circle distance to the points in the set.
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intersection of a line and plane on a 3-sphere

Suppose I have two 4D points, $\mathbf{a}=(a_1,a_2,a_3,a_4)$ and $\mathbf{b}=(b_1,b_2,b_3,b_4)$, that both lie on a unit 3-sphere (i.e. unit distance from origin). In addition, I have a 2-D plane that ...
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A continuous centerpoint of a convex spherical polygon

In discrete geometry, a centerpoint $c$ of a discrete set $S$ of $n$ points in the plane is such that any half plane containing $c$ contains (roughly) $n/3$ points of $S$. (Such a centerpoint always ...
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Granted I have NE and SW coordinates for a rectangle, how do I get the center point?

I've got the NE and SW coordinates/points for a minimum bounding rectangle. How do I calculate the center point of this rectangle? At first thought, I could calculate this using simple division. ...
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Converting quaternions to spherical angles

Consider a situation where a beam is shot at a cube C from an arbitrary position P. The cube detects the angle of incidence relative to its $ x $ axis. The cube can be rotated and moved, and the ...
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list of points of a circle on a sphere, given a coordinate and radii

Here's the setup: a sphere with radius R. Now choose a single point or coordinate, C, on the sphere (in latitude and longitude). Now choose a smaller radius, S, and draw a circle around the point C. ...
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Trigonometric rule on a spherical square

Consider a square on a sphere (in three dimensions), with edges of length $a$ and angles $\beta$. I want to prove the following formula: $$ \cos(a) = \cot^2(a) = \frac{1 + \cos(\beta)}{1 - ...
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Non-Euclidean Geometry: Objects on which every line is a closed curve, e.g. a sphere

For any point $P$ on a sphere $S$, every line (geodesic?) containing $P$ is closed, i.e. wraps around $S$ and passes through $P$ "again." 1) Are there other objects besides spheres for which this ...
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Is it possible to calculate azimuth based on known elevation and central angle?

based on the wiki page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-circle_distance#Formulas it's possible to calculate central angle from known azimuth and elevation of two points (on unit sphere). But is it ...
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Area of triangle on a sphere (not spherical triangle)

How do I find the area of a triangle on a sphere, and the triangle is not a spherical triangle, for example, the triangle is formed with two geodesics and a line of latitude. Is there a specific ...
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Geodesic on n-dimensional sphere

I have a flow on n-dimensional sphere which has a stabilizing action. The tangential velocity will not be a constant, it will indeed decrease to zero as the desired point is reached. First the ...
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n-spherical geometry

I'm interested in spherical geometry on the n-sphere. Surely this has been done, but I can't find anything online. Where? No luck with n-spherical geometry, hyperspherical geometry, or higher ...