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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Area covered by multiple (possibly intersecting) circles on surface of sphere

I have a number of circles of same radius on surface of sphere (Google Maps API). I'm trying to calculate the total area covered by these possibly intersecting circles. My current solution is ...
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Intersection of perpendicular bisectors of a spherical triangle

I have 3 points on a unit sphere identified by their XYZ coordinates. They form a spherical triangle. If I'm not mistaken, perpendicular bisectors of a spherical triangle intersect in a single point, ...
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Implicit partial derivative of a spherical cap

Consider a spherical cap, for which the base radius is $a$ and the height is $h$. Then, the surface area and volume is (these equations can be found on Wolfram Mathworld) $A(a,h) = \pi(a^2 +h^2)$, ...
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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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Ratio of the Volume of n-spherical cap to the volume of n-sphere

Assume an n-dimensional sphere with radius $R$ and volume $V^{(n)}_s$. Also assume a corresponding n-spherical cap with height $h$ and volume $V^{(n)}_c$. what is the ratio of two volumes? ...
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Integrating a discrete 3D surface, in spherical coordinates

I have an matrix which contains height information for a sheet suspended in air. Like a checkerboard, each value in the matrix represents a sampled height. Here's the hard parts: the data in the ...
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Find the angles defining an hyperspherical cap

For the hyperspherical cap of dimension $n+1$ find all the angle $\phi_1, \phi_2, \ldots, \phi_n$ which defines the cap? I mean, I know a cap is usually define by its height $h$ and its base $a$. ...
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Is it true that the formulas of the volume and surface area of an n-dimensional sphere are best expressed in terms of $\eta = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

Someone told me that the formulas of the volume and surface area of an n-dimensional sphere get simplified a lot if we express them in terms of $\eta = \frac{\pi}{2}$ instead of $\pi$. . In terms of ...
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Convert Degrees of Latitude to Feet

I need to check this formula I have to compute the distance of a point with latitude $lat$ from the equator: $$ \mathrm{feet} = \mathrm{lat} * 10000 \times 3280 / 90 $$ Example: A point at ...
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How to show difference amount from scattering.

In our discussion, we need to show that the amount of photons at one wavelength is less than photons at a nearby wavelength. Photons (with a nearby wavelength) are created on the sun's photosphere ...
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Zero-distortion map projection

Is it possible to take a limit of map projections (from a sphere to a plane) with ever-smaller distortion factors to get some kind of dendritic limit projection that has zero distortion everywhere? My ...
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Curve on a basketball

The sewing pattern on a basketball is composed of two great circles and a single curve that intersects each great circle twice. Does this curve have a name? Are there any parametric descriptions of ...
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A basic question on surface area of spherical cap of sphere

Consider a sphere of radius 1. Now chop a spherical cap with latitude line $\phi$ at the bottom of the cap is removed from top (say $0<\phi<\frac{\pi}{2}$). I want to know the surface area of ...
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Do spherical triangles with the same base and altitude have the same height?

If two spherical triangles have the same base $\theta$ and the same altitude $\phi$, do they have the same area. Initially I believed they would have by the same logic flat triangles do. However I'm ...
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How many unit vectors can tile an n-sphere with a given angle?

Given a unit radius $n$-sphere, and a constant $c = cos(\theta)$, $0 \le \theta \le \pi$, what is the size of the largest possible set of unit vectors $U = \{u_1, u_2, ..., u_n\}$ such that $u_i \cdot ...
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Antipodal map and parallel transport on $S^3$

I'm reading Thurston and Levy's "Three-dimensional geometry and topology" where they have an informal explanation of what life in $S^3$ would look like. For the following detail that I am concerned ...
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Intersecting arcs on a sphere

I'm working through this paper and I'm hung up on Proposition $3.1$. To strip away the context of the problem and present it in another light: suppose there are two intersecting arcs $ab$ and $cd$ on ...
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Equation for calculating azimuth between two points

Does anybody know an equation or approximation for calculating the azimuth as a function of latitudes and longitudes of both the points. For example I have Princeton, NJ is at 40.3571° N, 74.6702° ...
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Sphere Calculations: Determining the remaining surface area of the sphere when the sphere is cut by a vertical and horizontal plane

Sphere Calculations: Determining the remaining surface area of the sphere when the sphere is cut by a vertical and horizontal plane and the centre of the sphere is not on the vertical and horizontal ...
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how to find distance in longitude and latitute when center and radius is given? [closed]

How to find distance in longitude and latitute when center and radius is given? for example: ...
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Number of reflection symmetries of a basketball

Excerpt from John Horton Conway, The Symmetries of Things, pg. 12. Basketballs have two planes of reflective symmetry, as do tennis balls. I read this sentence and it immediately struck me as ...
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c.s.a of a hemisphere

Here is a question which I would like to understand. I want to know How to prove that c.s.a of a hemisphere is $2\pi r^2$ ? I'm a 10th CLASS average student,so please keep it simple. Thank you.... ...
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Spherical coordinate transformation

We have the following picture ($r=1$. $AB$ is the prime meridian): We can find the coordinates of $C$ using: $$ x = \sin(b)\cos(a)$$ $$ y=\sin(b)\sin(a)$$ $$ z = \cos(b) $$ I understand this ...