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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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### How to generate random points on a sphere

How do I generate $1000$ points $(x, y, z)$ and make sure they land on a sphere whose center is $(0, 0, 0)$ and its diameter is $20$? Simply, how do I manipulate a point's coordinates so that the ...
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### What's the name of a parabola mapped onto a sphere?

It seems that an 'arc' is a line-segment mapped onto the surface of a sphere (although I don't know if that name still holds if the segment wraps around the sphere more than once, i.e., if the angle ...
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### Relation between area of a triangle on a sphere and plane

We know area of a plane triangle $\Delta=\sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}$ where $s=\frac{a+b+c}{2}$. I was just thinking: let we have a triangle with arc length $a,b,c$ on a sphere of radius $r$, do we have ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Area of a spherical triangle

Consider a spherical triangle with vertices $A, B$ and $C$, respectively. How to determine its area? I know the formula: $A = E R^2$, where $R$ is radius of sphere, and $E$ is the excess ...
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### Four circles touching one another on a spherical surface

The diagram above shows four identical circles, each having a flat radius $r$ (i.e. flat area $\pi r^2$), touching one another at six different points (i.e. each of four identical circles touches ...
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### Article or book about the history of spherical geometry?

I teach a course on non-Euclidean geometry to high schoolers. I'm looking for an article or book that gives a thorough and interesting history of spherical geometry and trigonometry. I'm looking for ...
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### Why do derivatives of certain equations relating to circles yield other similar equations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the derivative of a circle's area its perimeter (and similarly for spheres)? We all know that the volume of a sphere is: $V = \frac{4}{3}\pi r^{3}$ and its ...
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### Napier's Rules applied to spherical distance calculations

I was in the middle of writing the same old geographic distance calculation using the Haversine formula when it occurred to me: shouldn't there be simpler way to do this? Haversine is of course ...
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### How to divide a spherical triangle into three equal-area spherical triangles?

The Centroid point (at intersection of medians) divides a planar triangle into three equal-area smaller triangles. In case of spherical triangle, the three geodesics joining the vertex to the midpoint ...
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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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### Coordinates and distance in higher dimensional spherical and hyperbolic space

For n-dimensional spherical space, it seems to me the representation of points is easiest and most manipulable as unit vectors, with distance being the vector dot product (which is the cosine of the ...
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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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### constructing a spherical triangle using only the laws of sines and cosines

I have a spherical triangle with corners $A,B,C$, angles $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ and sides $a,b,c$ (which are opposite to the corresponding corners/angles). I am given $a,b$ (with $a>b$) and ...
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### Finding the northernmost latitude in a great circle that passes through two points on the sphere

I'm trying to solve the following problem from Smart's Text-Book on Spherical Astronomy (exercise 5 on p.23 of the 6th ed.): $A$ and $B$ are two places on the earth's surface with the same ...
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### How to calculate a solid angle (in Steradians) given only Horizontal Beam angle and Vertical Beam angle data.

I would like to convert a rectangular beam shape given in Horizontal and Vertical beam angle, into solid angle representing the surface area in steradians of projected light. For example a light ...
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### Fit circle between points located on unit-sphere

Suppose I have a sphere of points with two coordinates (two angles), all points are located on a unit sphere, so radius of the sphere is one. Now my problem is, I want to find empty circles, or ...