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The curvature of surfaces in Euclidean space (Theorema Egregium)

The below animation is from Wikipedia. It shows how a helicoid can be deformed into a catanoid and vice versa without stretching. Because of this, the Theorema Egregium shows that the Gaussian ...
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Equation of ellipsoid surface obtained by revolving an ellipse

I'm working through the following example from the Princeton Review book: If the ellipse $x^{2} + x^{2/9}=1$ in the $xz-$plane is revolved around the $z-$axis, what's the equation of the resulting ...
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Asymptotic Directions of a Cylinder

Say I am looking at a cylinder. I have found the shape operator and I have found the eigenvalues to be k1 = -1/a and k2=0. I have also found the principal directions {1,0} and {0,1}. I know that if ...
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Differential Geometry: Is a closed disk a surface?

An open disk is clearly a surface, in the sense that it is locally homeomorphic to a part of $\mathbb{R}^2$. But what about a closed disk, even though it still looks like a surface, I am starting to ...
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Proof that a map from an orientable surface to a non-orientable surface has even degree.

For a smooth map $f:M\to N$ from an orientable closed surface $M$ to a non-orientable closed surface $N$, we define its parity (also called modulo 2 degree, and denoted $\deg_2(f)$) as the parity of ...
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Calculus 3 - Level surfaces

So I know how to find the level surfaces for a $2$ variable functions, $z=(x,y)$, by finding the $3$ planes. How would you find the level surfaces for a $3$ variable function, $w=(x,y,z)$. Would you ...
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slope of a curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$

The surface given by $z = x^2 -y^2$ is cut by the plane given by $y = 3x$, producing a curve in the plane. Find the slope of this curve at the point $(1, 3, -8)$. My answer is: $$f(x, y, z) = x^2 - ...
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Vector Parametrization of a Hyperbolic Paraboloid and a Plane

So I need to find the intersection between a hyperboloid ($z=\frac {y^2}{b^2}-\frac{x^2}{a^2}$) and some related plane ($bx+ay-z=0$). I have tried solving for $z$ and equating the two: ...
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Surface area of transformed sphere

So if I have a sphere with center C and radius R and then apply one or more affine transformations (so any combination of rotating, scaling and translating), how would I go about finding the surface ...
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Ruled Surface: $x(u,v) = \alpha(u) + v\beta(u)$, one of the following is true

Say we have a ruled surface that is given by $x(u,v) = \alpha(u) + v\beta(u)$ with $\alpha'$ not equal to $0$ and $\| β \| = 1$. If $\alpha'(u), \beta(u)$, and $\beta'(u)$ are linearly dependent for ...
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geodesic polar coordinate parallel circles

When is it possible to have the same constant geodesic curvature on all parallels of a constant Gauss curvature surface? EDIT: picture added.
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Revolution surfaces of constant Gaussian curvature k=1

Prove that all revolution surfaces $(\phi(v) \cos u ,\phi(v) \sin u,\psi(v)) $ of constant Gaussian curvature $k = 1$ is one of the following types: $\phi(v)=C\cosh v$ and $\psi(v)=\int_0^v ...
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How to calculate volume and surface area of three dimensional figures given set of three dimensional coordinates?

I have set of three dimensional coordinates, and the shape is unknown. I would like to calculate the surface area and volume for these coordinates approximately. What is the right approach to solve ...
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Finding the surface area of a parametrized surface

I was wondering how you would compute the surface area of a parameterized surface. Is there a formula or set of procedures you can follow to compute this. Say I wanted to compute the surface area of a ...
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Orientation of surfaces

From the book: Fixing a parametrization $x(u,v)$ of a neighborhood of a point $p$ of a regular surface $S$, we determine an orientation of the tangent plane $T_p (S)$, namely, the orientation of the ...
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Inverse mapping for a simple $\mathbb{R}^3$ surface given by $(\sin u, \sin 2u, v)$.

For a domain $U=\{\, (u,v) \in \mathbb{R}^2 \mid -\pi<u<\pi,\ 0<v<1 \,\}$ we have a mapping $X \colon U \to \mathbb{R}^3$ defined by $X(u,v) = (\sin u, \sin 2u, v)$. The resulting surface ...
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Wicked domain of integration in a triple integral

I am dealing with a domain of integration of the form: $\left(\frac{x-y}{x+y}\right)^2+\left(\frac{y-z}{y+z}\right)^2+\left(\frac{x-z}{x+z}\right)^2\leq k$ The region looks like this (for $k=0.2$): ...
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Two unit disks spliced together?

$$ x^2 + (y-z)^2 = 2 x^2 z/y $$ The surface represented by above equation is formed by radial cuts on two separate unit diameter disks spliced together forming a "continuous" surface around ...
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“Circle” on pseudosphere

How should parametrization of the 2 parameter surface of a pseudosphere ("latitude" u and longitude v) change to result in a 1 parameter curve of constant geodesic curvature? EDIT: In other ...
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Viviani on Sphere parametrization

How should parametrization of the 2 parameter surface of a sphere (latitude u, longitude v) be changed to result in 1 parameter curve of Viviani?
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The projections are differentiable $1$-forms.

Suppose $M$ is a surface and suppose $X: U \subset \mathbb R^2\rightarrow M$ is a coordinate patch. Then for every $p \in X(U)$, the pair of vectors $(X_u(X^{-1}(p),X_v(X^{-1}(p) )$ is a basis of the ...
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Curvature proof of a convex plane curve

Having a little trouble with part b. Is there a way to show that this curve would be arc length paramaterized? I am assuming that we cannot say this. If it is not we can take alpha', alpha'' and ...
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Give a closed plane curve C with k (curvature) > 0 that is not convex, Draw closed plane curves with rotation indices 0, 2, -2, and 3

1.) Give a closed plane curve C with k (curvature) > 0 that is not convex. can someone please explain these concepts to me. How can you have a closed plane curve like this? Do you used signed ...
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sphere parametrization

We have the standard spherical surface parametrization in which one set describes geodesics (longitudes) and another ( latitudes/parallels). What parametrization may be possible for both sets to be ...
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A curve internally tangent to a sphere of radius $R$ has curvature at least $1/R$ at the point of tangency

Suppose $a$ is an arc length-parametrized space curve with the property that $\|a(s)\| \leq \|a(s_0)\| = R$ for all $s$ sufficiently close to $s_0$. Prove that $k(s_0) \geq 1/R$. So, I was going ...
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surface presentation

Given the following group and presentation, how could I go about showing if there exists a compact surface with that fundamental group? The group is $\big \langle a, b, c, d, e $ $\mid$ ...
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Total variation as surface area smooth functions of two variables.

I learnt we have different definitions for the total variation for functions of the form $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$ which are in some way analogous to the total variation of functions of one ...
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What does this operator $\odot$ mean

I read this about the second fundamental form in Wikipedia and I’ve no idea what does $\odot$ mean? Does anybody know? $$II=-dN\cdot dP=\omega^3_1\odot\omega^1+\omega^3_2\odot\omega^2$$
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Equation for multiple peak surface to test particle swarm optimising algorithm

i have developed a particle swarm optimisation algorithm that i am running some tests on. It is able to solve simple equations like this: $x^2 + y^2 + 300y - 254x + 3$ with only one optimum but ...
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Proof that this surface is of revolution

I have a surface with parametric equation $$\mathbf{x}(u,v)=(u\cos(v),u\sin(v),u^2),$$ $u$ is any real number, $v$ is between $0$ and $2\pi$. I don't know how to show that this is surface of ...
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lifting loops on surface with abelian fundamental group for decrease their self-intersection number

I found a proof of following statement (which is available here ), but I'm not sure if we must assume that fundamental group of surface $M$ is non-abelian: Lemma: Let $M$ be a compact orientable ...
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Classical presentation of fundamental group of surface with boundary

It is well known fact about fundamental group of orientable compact surface: Letting $g$ be the genus and $b$ the number of boundary components of surface $M$. There is a generating set ...
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Surface Integral over a sphere

Suppose $f(x,y,z)=g\left(\sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}\right)$, where $g$ is a function of one variable such that $g(2)=-5$. Evaluate $$\iint_S f ~dS,$$where $S$ is the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=4$. Now, I ...
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Number of intersections of two closed loops on a genus zero surface

I have stumbled onto the following fact and I am quite helpless in seeing why this is true (although I can agree intuitively). Let $M$ be a surface of genus zero (open or closed, with or without ...
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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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1-dimensional foliation on a surface

Is it possible to find a 1-dimensional nonsingular foliation on an orientable surface with one boundary component such that lines of the foliation are transverse to the boundary?
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Why does every noncompact orientable surface have a complex structure?

There is a high-powered proof of the fact that orientable noncompact surfaces have free fundamental group here that invokes the ability to put a complex structure on any such surface. But why should ...
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How do I find the ridges and valleys given a surface elevation function

Given a surface with a single elevation value for every x and y how can I find the places where the isoelevation contours have the tightest bends? And how can I differentiate between bends that are ...
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Is it true that $d\textbf{S} = dy dz\textbf{ i }+ dx dz\textbf{ j }+ dx dy\textbf{ k }$

I came up with this in my mind, Just wondering if it is true I am thinking about it too, will post my observations, if any
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Relationship between Surface Area and Volume

Question: Is there a general relationship between surface area and volume analogous to the below examples? Example 1. Consider a ball $B$ centered at the origin of a spherical coordinate system. The ...
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Stokes' Theorem and Surfaces

Stokes' Theorem states the following: \begin{equation*} \oint_c \textbf{F}\centerdot d\textbf{r}= \int\int_S (\nabla \times\textbf{F})\centerdot nd \textbf{S}\end{equation*} for a given C that is the ...
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Check if a point is within a quadratic surface (with arbitrary rotation)

Is there a general way to check whether a point is on a quadratic surface given that the principal axes do not need to coincide with the coordinate axes and that the quadric's centroid does not need ...
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Strain mapping sphere to plane

I need general indications or guidance. I do not know how to map a surface $ z = \sin (\pi x) \sin (\pi y), (x,0,\pi), (y,0,\pi)$ to a unit square. Nor do I know how to map a quadrant of a unit ...
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differential of $f:X\to\Sigma$ as an elliptic surface,

Let $X$ be an algebraic surface surface and $\sum$ an algebraic curve, and assume, $f:X\to\Sigma$ be an elliptic surface, my question is Why the differential $df$ can be viewed as an injection of ...
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Property that defines Quadric Surface

The book < Geometry and the Imagination > (written by David Hilbert) introduces a property of a Quadric Surface without a proof. Property : The cone consisting of all the tangents from a ...
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What is the meaning of $d\vec S$ in a surface integral?

Can someone explain if I have a surface $z= 9-x^2-y^2$ What would $\vec{n}$ be? What would $d\vec{S}$ be? Why is $d\vec{S}$ $(2x,2y,1)$ and not $(2x,2y,1)/\sqrt{4x^2+4y^2+1}$? Thanks!
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Doubt about local flatness of low dimensional embeddings

I would like to know if it is possible to have a simple curve $\gamma $ on a surface $S$ such that $\gamma$ is compact and embedded (i.e. with respect to the topology induced from $S$ it is ...
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Describing Bézier surfaces

I'm having some trouble with Bézier surfaces and I was hoping someone could help me. Question is rather simple: lets say we have 2 Bézier curves with control points: P00,P10,P20,P30 and second ...
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Optics surface equation to quadric form

This should be straightforward, but honestly I forgot even the names Google for... I've got a surface description in this form (what is it called?): $$z=\dfrac{cr^2}{1+\sqrt{1-(1+k)c^2r^2}},$$ ...
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Convex surface on which any two points $a,b$ can be joined by a curve of length $(\pi/2-\epsilon)|a-b|$

I am trying to solve an exercise on page 13 of the book Metric structures on Riemannian and non-Riemannian spaces by Gromov. Construct a closed, convex surface $X$ in $\mathbb R^3$ such that any ...