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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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How to construct pseudospherical surfaces from sine-Gordon solutions?

Due to my not being very skilled in differential geometry, I want to ask if there is a reference (book, paper, etc.) that explicitly works out how one constructs the parametric equations of a ...
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Are varieties of Kodaira dimension zero precisely the varieties with torsion canonical sheaf

Let $B$ a smooth projective connected variety over $\mathbf C$. Suppose that $K_B$ is torsion. Then, clearly, the Kodaira dimension of $B$ is zero. Does the converse hold? That is, suppose that $B$ ...
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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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The principal curvatures of a surface of revolution

The principal curvatures of the surface at a point is defined as the maximal and the minimal curvature among all normal sections. It's claimed (say, on Stillwell's Geometry of Surfaces) that for a ...
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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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If radial projection is bijective then is it a homeomorphism?

Suppose $S$ is a regular surface in $\mathbb{R}^3 $ and $0\not\in S$. Now consider the radial projection $f: S\to\mathbb{S}^2$ given by $$f(x)=\frac{x}{||x||} \hspace{5mm}\mbox{ for all $x\in S$}$$ ...
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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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Topological surface thought experiment

Imagine a two-dimensional version of you lives on some compact, connected surface (orientable or non-orientable). How would you figure out on which surface you are living? Are there experiments you ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Hilbert theorem and constant negative curvature surfaces

Let us consider the tractroid (pseudosphere) obtained by rotation from the tractrix curve. The surface is not defined on the "big rim", so it is not a complete set. Hilbert's theorem states that there ...
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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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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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Constant curvature geodesic circles on a surface with constant Gauss curvature

Referring to: Curvature of geodesic circles on surface with constant curvature, Is it possible to combine further the last two of the three equations in the link given above into a single ODE / PDE ...
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Is there a common name for the surface z = xy?

I would call it a saddle, but it's not the standard saddle. Is there a standard name for it, the way we have 'hyperboloid of one sheet' for example?
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Classification of fundamental groups of non-orientable surfaces

I want to compute the presentation of the fundamental group of the non orientable surfaces $N_h$, thus $\pi_1(N_h)$. I notated with $N_h$ the sphere with $h$ crosscaps. Herefore I first have to ...
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Diffeomorphism between a regular surface and the plane

Do Carmo states that (example 2, page 74) if $\mathbf x: U\subset\mathbb R^2\rightarrow S$ is a parameterization, then $\mathbf x^{-1}: \mathbf x(U)\rightarrow \mathbb R^2$ is differentiable. Why is ...
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Surfaces of Revolution with Constant Gaussian Curvature

Surface $S$ is parametrized by $$X(u,v) = (\varphi(v) \cos{(u)}, \varphi(v) \sin{(u)}, \psi{(v}))$$ with everywhere-constant Gaussian curvature $K$. Let $v$ be the arc length of the generating curve ...
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How to find a parametrization of the set $\left\{(x,y,z): e^x+e^{-x}=z-\sqrt3y, 0<y<x<1\right\}$?

I have to find surface area of set $M=\left\{(x,y,z): e^x+e^{-x}=z-\sqrt3y, 0<y<x<1\right\}$ and my problem is to parametrize it, may you help me?
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Is there any rational map from the nonsingular Segre quadric surface in $\mathbb{CP}^3$ to a nonsingular surface of degree greater or equal to 4?

Is there any rational map from the nonsingular Segre quadric surface in $\mathbb{CP}^3$ to a nonsingular surface in $\mathbb{CP}^3$ of degree greater or equal to 4? Someone told me that the answer is ...
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Notation for Surface Integral in $\mathbb{R}^3$

Recently, a paper of mine got accepted, but the reviewers are struggling with the (in my view) standard notation for surface integrals in $\mathbb{R}^3$: Let $\Gamma \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a ...
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Is there an algorithm that, given a point cloud, infers an optimal wireframe (surface) structure?

I have a point cloud that I would like to convert to a surface, in the form of a wireframe lattice structure. This means, from a sequence of 3D points (x,y,z), obtaining three 2D matrices X,Y,Z of ...
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Verification of the Stokes theorem for the surface that is a part of a cone

Let $S$ consist of the part of the cone $z=(x^2+y^2)^{1/2}$ for $x^2+y^2\leq9$ and suppose $${\bf A}=(-y,x,-xyz).$$ Verify that Stokes theorem is satisfied for this choice of $\bf A$ and $S$. In ...
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Find unit normal vector to the surface $z=x^4y+xy^2$ at the point $(1,1,2)$

I've been trying to solve this question: Find a unit vector with positive $z$ component which is normal to the surface $z=x^4y+xy^2$ at the point $(1,1,2)$ on the surface. My working: Let ...
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Sketching a surface

If $${\bf F}=2y{\bf i}-z{\bf j}+x^2{\bf k},$$ and $s$ is the surface of the parabolic cylinder $y^2=8x$ in the first octant, bounded by the planes $y=4$ and $z=6$, evaluate $$\int_S{\bf ...
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Geometric definition of the stable commutator length

In his book, D.Calegari proves the equivalence of the algebraic and geometric definitions of stable commutator length (Proposition 2.10, p. 15). I actually have some difficulties in understanding the ...
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Area of the portion of the cylinder $x^2+y^2 = 9$ for which $-1 \leq z \leq 2$ and $ 0 \leq \theta \leq \pi/2$

Problem: Find the area of the portion of the cylinder $x^2+y^2 = 9$, for which $-1 \leq z \leq 2$ and $ 0 \leq \theta \leq \pi/2$ I first solved this by parametrizing the surface. $x = 3\cos(u)$ , ...
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simple closed curve is nullhomologous iff is separable

A simple closed curve $\gamma$ in an orientable genus $g$ surface $M$ is nullhomologous if and only if $M \setminus \gamma$ consists of two connected components, one of which is a surface $N$ with ...
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surface integral using substitution

I am stuck trying to calculate the following surface integral: $$\int _{R}\int (x+y)^{2}ds$$ over the the following regions: $$0\leqslant x+2y\leqslant 2\: \: \wedge \: \: 0\leqslant x-y\leqslant ...
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Residue sequence

I'm reading book Compact complex surfaces. In the first section of the second chapter they consider a curve $C$ on a surface $X$ (for simplicity I assume that $X$ and $C$ are smooth), then tensoring ...
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Orientation of Surfaces

I'm having a little trouble understanding how to orient a surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ For example, how would I orient the ellipsoid given by: $$x^2+y^2+z^2+xy+xz+yz=\frac12$$ for $(x,y,z) \in ...
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Find the surface area obtained by rotating $y=1+3x^2$ from $x=0$ to $x=2$ about the y-axis.

Find the surface area obtained by rotating $y= 1+3 x^2$ from $x=0$ to $x = 2$ about the $y$-axis. Having trouble evaluating the integral: Solved for $x$: $x=0, y=1$ $x=2, y=13$ $$\int_1^{13} ...
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How do I find the area of a triangle, in 3D, that lies between two planes, z = A and z = B

Very simple problem to conceptualize, but I don't have a good mathematical solution. I have a triangle with P0 = (x0, y0, z0), P1 = (x1, y1, z1), and P2 = (x2, y2, z2). The triangle represents part ...
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How many feet of rope to wrap a column

A heating pipe in my bathroom measures 105" in height. It is 8" in circumference (so about 2.55" diameter). I want to wrap it with a 1/4" thick rope. How many feet should I buy? (All measurements in ...
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Parametrizing to Calculate Flux

Evaluate the flux of $\mathbf{f}$ across the oriented surface $\Sigma$ by computing the surface integral $\iint_{\Sigma} \mathbf{f} \cdot d\sigma$, where $\Sigma$ is the surface $z=xe^y$ for $0 \leq x ...
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Areas of tetrahedron surfaces - how to calculate?

Reading up on Cauchy's stress theorem, I have stumbled over the so-called Cauchy tetrahedron, which is an important part of the theorem's proof. The following is cited straight from Wikipedia, but a ...
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Surface fitting

I do not need a complete answer but just some advice. I have a sparse matrix of points in a volume. I know a surface passing by these points exists and this surface is mostly flat and relatively ...
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Show a smooth map from a compact, connected, orientable surface to a cyllinder has singular derivative at 2 points.

Let $M$ be a compact, connected, orientable surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let $N$ be the cyllinder in $\mathbb{R}^3$ defined by $x^2+y^2=1$. Suppose $f:M\to N$ is $C^{\infty}$. Show that $f_*:TM\to ...
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Restriction of a differentiable map $R^3\rightarrow R^3$ to a regular surface is also differentiable.

This is again an excercise from Do Carmo's book. Prove: if $f:R^3 \rightarrow R^3$ is a linear map and $S \subset R^3$ is a regular surface invariant under $L,$ i.e, $L(S)\subset S$, then the ...
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Creating a surface from a path of 3D cubic bezier curves

I have a list of cubic bezier curves in 3D, such that the curves are connected to each other and closes a cycle. I am looking for a way to create a surface from the bezier curves. Eventually i want ...
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How do we check conformal equivalence of parametrized surfaces, e.g. parallel surfaces?

Suppose we have two parametrized surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$: $$ X,Y:\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3 $$ The induced metric on either surface is the pullback of the Euclidean metric $\bar g$ due ...
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Approximate a surface by set of points

Given a set of points $(X, Y, Z)$ obtained from the experimental data that can be considered as a 3D surface. What is the common approach to get an approximating function Z=f(x,y) that describes the ...
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Connected components of the complement of a closed geodesic on a hyperbolic surface.

Let $M$ be homeomorphic to a 2-sphere with a finite number $\geq 3$ of points removed. This implies that $M$ can be equipped with a complete, finite area hyperbolic metric. I imagine $M$ as an ideal ...
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Surface Integral calc 3

I am having difficulty setting up this problem. I know the bounds must be 0 to pi/2 for both theta and phi but I am unsure as to how to calculate the integrand. I know it must be the double integral ...
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Where can I find a good set of notes discussing main theorems/ideas surrounding non-orientable surfaces?

I'm currently looking at non-orientable surfaces, but know very little about them. Is there are good set of notes that will teach me the classical results surrounding non-orientable surfaces?