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

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How to calculate a heading on the earths surface?

Given an initial position and a subsequent position, each given by latitude and longitude in the WGS-84 system. How do you determine the heading in degrees clockwise from true north of movement?
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Area of a spherical triangle

A triangle on a sphere is comprised of points A, B and C. How to determine its area? I know the formula: A = E * R^2, where R is radius of sphere, and E is the excess angle of (a + b + c - pi), but ...
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Navigating though the surface of a hypersphere in a computer game

People in StackOverflow seems not so into this theme, so I thought I could have better luck in here. I had the idea of an spaceship game where the world is confined in the surface of an 4-D ...
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How to find the distance between a point and line joining two points on a sphere?

How do I calculate the distance between the line joining the two points on a spherical surface and another point on same surface? I have illustrated my problem in the image below. In the above ...
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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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How to use a Rhumb Line?

I am new to working with coordinate data and figured out the equation I am looking for is the Rhumb Line. I went to go research it and found a lot of equations and I still have no idea where to start. ...
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Transforming from one spherical coordinate system to another

I have a set of points on the surface of a sphere specified in one coordinate system (specifically, the equatorial coordinate system), and for each point I need to work on all its neighbouring points ...
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Elementary arguments concerning the stereographic projection

How does one give a proof that is short; and strictly within the bounds of secondary-school geometry that the stereographic projection is conformal; and maps circles to circles?
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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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How do you parameterize a sphere so that there are “6 faces”?

I'm trying to parameterize a sphere so it has 6 faces of equal area, like this: But this is the closest I can get (simply jumping $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in $\phi$ azimuth angle for each "slice"). I ...
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What is the average rotation angle needed to change the color of a sphere?

A sphere is painted in black and white. We are looking in the direction of the center of the sphere and see, in the direction of our vision, a point with a given color. When the sphere is rotated, at ...
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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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Ratio of geodesic segments on the sphere

Let $\mathbb{S}^2$ be the unit sphere. Let $0<\lambda<1$ be fixed. What is the smallest number $0<\mu<1$ (depending on $\lambda$) such that for any three points $A,B,C\in \mathbb{S}^2$, ...
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Maximum sum of angles in triangle in sphere

Recently my differential geometry lecturer demonstrated that the sum of the interior angles of a triangle in a sphere is not necessarily never $180^\circ$. This is one way to prove that the earth is ...
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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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How to scale a polyhedron contained a 3-sphere?

In the 3-sphere simulator I am building, the viewpoint is contained in the space of a 3-sphere (the surface of a 4-D hypersphere), and the user is able to navigate through it. There are some ...
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Calculating probabilities on a spherical map

A black and white colored sphere is given. We are looking at a random starting point on the sphere below us, which has a certain color. A random rotation can change the color of the spot below us. ...
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Using the spherical law of cosines

Compute angular length c of the great-circle route between these two cities: Daytona Beach (location A): $29^\circ12'\ N, 81^\circ1' \ W$. Sidi Ifni (location B): $29^\circ23' \ N. 10^\circ10' \ ...
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How to test whether spherical caps intersect?

I have a unit sphere, on the surface of which are defined spherical caps. I typically characterize the caps by the unit vector $n$ from the center of the sphere to the top of the cap, and the angle ...
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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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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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The globe, spherical disks and spherical straight lines

Does a spherical triangle with 2 equal sides necessarily have 2 base angles of size $\pi/2$? The reason I think this is that if we have a triangle $ABC$ and $AB=AC$ (in spherical distance), we could ...