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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I map a spherical triangle to a plane triangle?

My goal here is to make my own custom "polyhedral map" of Earth. If you print out something from the "Map Fold-outs" page, you will have something almost exactly like what I'm trying to make. I have ...
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Circle on sphere

Foreword This question was inspired by initial mistakes in this question. I wanted to explore the strange circle with $A>\pi r^2$ and got lost into geometrical jungle. A spherical cap is usually ...
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Is an equilateral triangle the same as an equiangular triangle, in any geometry?

I have heard of both equilateral triangles and equiangular triangles. (For example, this sporcle quiz lists both.) Are these always equivalent, regardless of geometry? I know they are the same in ...
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Spherical geometry: Arbitrary point between two points

If A and B are two points on the earth, how could I find any arbitrary point between them along the shortest distance side of their great circle path? Points are in radians longitude = 0 to 2pi ...
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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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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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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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Deriving the Surface Area of a Spherical Triangle

A triangle on a sphere is composed of points $A$, $B$ and $C$. The $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$ denote the angles at the corresponding points of the triangle: The Girard's theorem states that the ...
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What is the area of the portion of 1/8 of an sphere cut off by two parallel planes?

So the problem that I'm trying to solve is as follows: Assume 1/8 of a sphere with radius $r$ whose center is at the origin (for example the 1/8 which is in $R^{+}$). Now two parallel planes are ...
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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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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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Proof that the angle sum of a triangle is always greater than 180 degrees in elliptic geometry

I've scoured the internet and have found many proofs showing that in Euclidean geometry, the angle sum of a triangle is always 180 degrees. I've also found many proofs showing that in hyperbolic ...
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How to calculate the area covered by any spherical rectangle?

Is there any analytic or generalized formula to calculate area covered by any rectangle having length $l$ & width $b$ each as a great circle arc on a sphere with a radius $R$? Note: Spherical ...
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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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Proof for spherical polar law of cosine

I'm reading my textbook and for some reason, it does not present the proof for the spherical polar law of cosine which is: $$ \cos(a)=\frac{\cos(A)+\cos(B)\cos(C)}{\sin(B) \sin(C)}$$ It does present ...
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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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spherical triangle inequality for multiple edges

Consider a spherical triangle, with side lengths $0 \leq a,b,c \leq \pi$. In texts on spherical geometry we see proofs that $a \leq b + c$ but this inequality is unnecessarily weak, in that some sets ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Equal-area sparse spherical shell partitioning

I'm trying to solve a particular problem that arose in a computer graphics context, but can be generalised to a bigger problem as well. I'm not entirely sure if this question belongs to MathExchange ...
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Construct the great circle (geodesic) in spherical or Riemanian geometry

Given: a circle $C$ with centre $M$ two points $P_1$ and $P_2$ inside circle $C$, so that $M$ is not on the line $P_1P_2$. Cunstruct an other circle $O$ so that: $P_1$ and $P_2$ are on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I apply a digital filter to points on a sphere

Given a set of points on a sphere, how can I implement a higher order low pass filter on them? At the moment, I am just multiplying the vectors from the input and output set by their weights and ...
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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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Given a latitude how many miles is the corresponding longitude?

OK so lines of longitude (the distance/circumference around the earth horizontally) differ based on what latitude you are at (0 at north and south poles up to ~25k at the equator.) So given a ...
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Volume of a sphere using geometry

How to derive the formula for the volume of a sphere using geometry? $V = (4/3) \pi r^3$ Edit: How did Archimedes calculate the volume of a sphere? Integration wouldn't have been there at his ...
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How to calculate the area of a circle ( given: origin, radius ) on a sphere ( Earth )?

I know that the Earth isn't a sphere, not even an ellipsoid, but for my measurements, its an acceptable approximation. Assuming I have a coordinate(lat,lon) and a distance( e.g.: 1000km ), what is the ...
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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 ...