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Determine the best cup of coffee to have faster cooling possible

Assume that a cup of coffee is a cylinder. The coffee machine at my workplace always produces the same amount of coffee, so the volume is constant. The coffee is always really hot, so I'm looking (out ...
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Surface integrals and surface areas of arbitrary parameter domains

I'm having trouble evaluating this surface integral. This would be very simple to solve if the parameter domain of the variables u and u was a square region. However, that isn't the case here. I've ...
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Integrals Over Paths and Surfaces proof

Let S be a sphere of radius r and p be a point inside or outside the sphere (but not on S). Show that $\iint\limits_S \frac{1}{\mid x-p \mid}\ dS=4\pi r $ if r is is inside S and $=4\pi r^2/d$, if p ...
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Intersection and Curvature of Surfaces

a) Describe the intersection $(C)$ of sphere $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 1$ and the elliptic cylinder $x^2 + 2z^2 = 1$, and find out the total arc-length of this intersection. b) Determine the points on the ...
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What is the definition of boundary-parallel Dehn twist?

I have not been able to find a working definition for the term: "boundary-parallel Dehn twist ". I know what a boundary-parallel surface is, and what a parallel surface is, but I have not been able to ...
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Embedding Klein Bottle in $\mathbb{R}^4$ using a figure 8 loop.

I'm trying to show that we can embed the Klein bottle in $\mathbb{R}^4$. I've previously shown that a figure 8 curve can be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ by a bump function that pushes away the ...
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Is the Euler characteristc defined wrong? If not, why not?

Ever since learning that $$\chi(S_0\# S_1) = \chi(S_0)+\chi(S_1)-2$$ (where $\chi$ denote the Euler characteristic), I've wondered whether $\chi$ isn't "defined wrong." If we let $\chi' = 2-\chi,$ ...
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Maps between Riemann surfaces are open and continuous

I'm having some trouble with a couple of concepts in Riemman surfaces that I would really appreciate some help clarifying! Firstly, is it true that a holomorphic map between two Riemann surfaces $f:R ...
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Function for a sphere

I believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with my understanding of functions but I can't pin point what it is, so I would greatly appreciate any guidance. Consider a unit sphere, ...
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Surface has Euler characteristic 2 iff equal to sphere

Let $\Sigma$ be a connected (not necessarily compact) surface with or without boundary. Is it true that $\Sigma$ is homeomorphic to the sphere if it has euler characteristic $\chi(\Sigma)\geq 2$? I ...
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Differential geometry: Conformal map

Let $f:\mathbb{R}_{>0} \times (0,2\pi) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ $$f(t,\xi) := (r(t) \cos( \xi) , r(t) \sin(\xi),z(t))$$ be a surface of revolution, where we assume that $r>0$ and ...
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Understanding how connected sum of smooth surfaces is a surface

I have two smooth surfaces $M_1$ and $M_2$ I''m trying to understand how the connected sum $M_1 \mathop{\#} M_2$ is a smooth surface. I will write my understanding of the proof and then explain where ...
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Understanding why Euler's Formula applies to planar graphs

I'm trying to prove that given a planar graph (by that I mean a graph where every pair of points is joined without crossings) $V-E+F = 2$. I can prove this by induction directly on the edges except ...
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Reference request for equality of torsion of H1 and H2

I have heard that for a surface $X$ (algebraic? smooth? compact?) the torsion part of $H_1(X,\mathbb{Z})$ is the same as that of $H_2(X,\mathbb{Z})$. Please could you give me a correct statement? I ...
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Cutting a surface at critical levels produces cylinders

Let $F$ a closed surface with isolated critical points and a homeomorphism $g: F \rightarrow F$ that maps critical levels to critical levels. Let us cut the surface $F$ by the critical levels. Do we ...
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Find the intersection of two surfaces

I have been looking into this question : we have two surfaces : $$\big\{(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^3 \mid\;\; S_1\colon\;\; x+z=1 ,\;\; S_2\colon\;\; x^2+y^2=1 \big\}$$ we need to draw or describe the ...
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Quick question: Chern classes of Sym, Wedge, Hom, and Tensor

Given $L$ is a line bundle and $V$ is bundle of rank $r$ on a surface (compact complex manifold of dim 2). Recall the formula for $c_1$ and $c_2$: $c_1(V\otimes L)=c_1(V)+rc_1(L)$ ...
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Is there a surface S$\subset R^3$ whose Gaussian curvature is -1 at each point S?

Is there a surface $S\subset \Bbb R^3$ whose Gaussian curvature is $-1$ at each point $S$? At first I think this does not make a sense. But googling and googling.. I found a 'final exam problem' ...
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Lattice representation of the Klein bottle

I'm looking at the space $\mathbb{R^2}/G$ where $G = \mathbb{Z^2}$ acts by $(n,m)(x,y) = ((-1)^mx+m,y+n))$ and I'm trying to show that this is a smooth surface. I am having a couple of problems. To ...
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Surface of an onion-shaped church tower

I am wondering how to calculate surface of the church tower in the picture, for painting purposes. Especially, I am interested in the two 'onion-shaped' parts. I am thinking, that it is not really ...
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Volumes and surfaces of revolution?

Please can someone explain to me why we use $dx$ in a volume of revolution i.e. $$\pi \int{f(x)^2 dx}$$ but $ds$ (an elementary bit of arc) in a surface of revolution i.e. $$2\pi \int{f(x)ds}$$ does ...
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Two surfaces are not isometries of each other, but have the same Gaussian Curvature

How can you show that two surfaces are not isometries of each other, but have the same Gaussian Curvature. For example, I see that: the helicoid given by X = (ucosv, usinv, v) & the ...
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Number of fibrations over a curve.

Fix a non-singular complex projective curve $C$. I would like to know how many non-singular complex projective surfaces $S$ have the following properties (up to isomorphism): There is a fibration ...
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Surface area of a sphere limits

If I am finding the surface area of a sphere in spherical coordinates my intergral would be like this: $$\int^{\pi}_0 \int^{2\pi}_0 R^2 \sin (\theta) d\phi d\theta =4\pi R^2$$ But if I do the ...
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Analytically isomorphic fibers.

Suppose that $S$ is a non-singular complex projective surface with a fibration $f$ over $\mathbb P^1(\mathbb C)$. Suppose also that: There are only finitely many points $y_1,\ldots,y_n\in\mathbb ...
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Volume, Lateral Area, and Surface Area of an Elliptic Conical Frustum

What are the formulae for the volume, surface area, and lateral area (i.e. the surface area without the bases) for the above illustrated elliptic conical frustum? I think I've got the volume figured ...
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a problem with Stokes' theorem(curl)

If L is the circle which you get from the intersection between the sphere $$ x^2+y^2+z^2=1, y=x\sqrt(3) $$ and $$ I= \int_L (y-z)dx+(z-x)dy+(x-y)dz $$ so |I| equals to? but i dont understand how the ...
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Given the equation for a surface, how to find enclosed volume?

Suppose we give an equation of the form $f(x_1,x_2,..., x_n)=C$, with $f$ a smooth function, and assume this is such that defines a closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. Assume also that the equation ...
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Principle Lines of curvature

In the text by Manfredo P. Do Carmo entitled Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, an analysis of the principle directions is made near a non umbilic point on pp 160-161. I have followed his ...
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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 ...