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Why is $\pi r^2$ the surface of a circle

Why is $\pi r^2$ the surface of a circle? I have learned this formula ages ago and I'm just using it like most people do, but I don't think I truly understand how circles work until I understand why ...
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Creating an ellipsoidal 3D surface

I am trying to find the equation of a 3D ellipsoidal surface. I have thought of two approaches which are schematically shown below: By revolving an elliptical arc over a 3D elliptical path: Or by ...
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How to identify surfaces of revolution

Given a surface $f(x,y,z)=0$, how would you determine whether or not it's a surface of revolution, and find the axis of rotation? The special case where $f$ is a polynomial is also of interest. A ...
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Cutting a Möbius strip down the middle

Why does the result of cutting a Möbius strip down the middle lengthwise have two full twists in it? I can account for one full twist--the identification of the top left corner with the bottom right ...
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Drawing a thickened Möbius strip in Mathematica

I would like to have Mathematica plot a "thickened Möbius strip", i.e. a torus with square cross section that is given a one-half twist. Ideally, I would like this thickened Möbius strip to be ...
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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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What's the name of these two surfaces?

I've plot two implicit surfaces which are shown in the above, I only know their expression, but I don't know how to call them.
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A 3-manifold with fundamental group isomorphic to a surface group.

Let $M$ be a 3-manifold (the case I am interested is $M$ closed orientable connected hyperbolic); suppose $\pi_1 (M)$ is isomorphic to the fundamental group of a (closed orientable connected) surface (...
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Hypersurfaces containing given lines

Let $L_1, ..., L_n$ be non-intersecting (general, if necessary) lines in $\mathbb P^3$. I need to find the dimension of the space of polynomials of degree $d$, vanishing on these lines. ...
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Identify and sketch the quadric surface?

I'm stuck trying to figure out which type of quadric surface this equation is: $$\dfrac{x^2}{16} - \dfrac{y^2}{9} - \dfrac{z^2}{1} = 1$$ I have narrowed it down to a hyperboloid, but cannot ...
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Prove that any shape 1 unit area can be placed on a tiled surface

Given a surface of equal square tiles where each tile side is 1 unit long. Prove that a single area A, of any shape, but just less than 1 unit square in area can be placed on the surface without ...
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How to find cubic non-snarks where the $\min(f_k)>6$ on surfaces with $\chi<0$?

Henning once told me that, [i]t follows from the Euler characteristic of the plane that the average face degree of a 3-regular planar graph with $F$ faces is $6-12/F$, which means that every 3-...
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Must $\vec{n}$ be a Unit Normal Vector (Stokes' Theorem)?

If $S$ is an oriented, smooth surface that is bounded by a simple, closed, smooth boundary curve $C$ with positive orientation, then for some vector field $\vec{F}$: $$\oint_C \vec{F} \cdot d\vec{r} =...
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How to determine that a surface is symmetric

Given a surface $f(x,y,z)=0$, how could you determine that it's symmetric about some plane, and, if so, how would you find this plane. The special case where $f$ is a polynomial is of some interest. ...
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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 $c_2$: $c_1(V\otimes L)=c_1(V)+rc_1(L)$ $c_2(V\...
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Is an isometric embedding of a disk determined by the boundary?

Suppose we cut a disk out of a flat piece of paper and then manipulate it in three dimensions (folding, bending, etc.) Can we determine where the paper is from the position of the boundary circle? ...
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A simply-connected closed surface is a sphere

From the Classification Theorem for closed (i.e. compact and boundaryless) surfaces, it follows that $S^2$ is the only closed surface with trivial $\pi _1$. That's easy because the fundamental group ...
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What equation will create a 3D rose curve?

The parametric equation $x=a\cos(bt)\cos(t)$, $y=a\cos(bt)\sin(t)$ where $a$ & $b$ are constants and $t$ is parameter gives a rose curve which looks like, On a similar basis, is there a equation ...
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Given a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, is there an expression for the pullback of the covariant derivative of a vector field?

Let $A$ and $B$ be two surfaces (smooth enough) in an affine space $M$ with metric $g$. Let $g^A$, $g^B$ be the metric tensors on the two surfaces induced by $g$, and $\nabla^A$, $\nabla^B$ the Levi-...
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Playing with the torus and semisimplicial sets (prove that $\phi$ and $\psi$ are not homotopic)

Recall that we can express the torus $|X.| \cong T$ as a square with edges $e$ and $f$, diagonal $g$, faces $T_1$ and $T_2$, and a single vertex $v$, and appropriate identifications. Let $Y.$ be the ...
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Geodesic of a curved surface

I'm trying to read Lambourne's Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology, but as this seems more of a maths question I've posted it here rather than in the physics forum. The author talks about affinely ...
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The Gaussian and Mean Curvatures of a Parallel Surface

This is a homework problem from do Carmo. Given a regular parametrized surface $X(u,v)$ we define the parallel surface $Y(u,v)$ by $$Y(u,v)=X(u,v) + aN(u,v)$$ where $N(u,v)$ is the unit normal on $X$ ...
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Covariant derivative on hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^n$

I saw in a talk that a surface gradient of $f:M \to \mathbb{R}$ where $M$ is a hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^n$ defined as $$\nabla_M f = \nabla f - (\nabla f \cdot N)N$$ where $N$ is the unit normal ...
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Surface area of a flexible tube

Consider the hollow tube formed by sweeping a circle of radius $r(t)$ along a curve $\gamma(t)$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$; in other words, the set of points $$S=\{\gamma(t) + r(t) \hat{n}\quad \vert\quad \|\...
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Homology of orientable surface of genus $g$

I came across the problem of computing the homology groups of the closed orientable surface of genus $g$. Here Homology of surface of genus $g$ I found a solution via cellular homology. This seems ...
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Determining if there can be smooth closed geodesic given its curvature

In my class on differential geometry I have been given the following question on which I am stuck: Let S be a regular orientable surface in $ R^3 $ with Gaussian curvature $K$ (not necessarily ...
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Non-standard 3D rotation of a set of points [duplicate]

I want to create a 3D surface as shown in the figure below. Toward this, I thought if I rotate a set of points in $xy$-plane on a elliptical arc I may be able to get such a surface. I was thinking of ...
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The equation of a 3D surface bounded by 3 known elliptical curves

I am trying to find the equation of a 3D surface as illustrated below. The boundaries of this surface is comprised of two planar elliptical arcs $AB$ and $AC$ as well as a 3D arc $BC$ which is a 3D ...
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isolated non-normal surface singularity

I am looking for an isolated non-normal singularity on an algebraic surface. One obvious example occurs to me: the union of two $2$-dimensional affine subspaces of $\mathbb{A}^4$ which meet in a point....
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Limit $\lim_{x\rightarrow x_0, x\in M} \int_{\partial M} \frac{1}{||y-x||} n_y \cdot \nabla_y \frac{-1}{||y-x||} dS_y$

Ok I had a question I think I can almost answer it but I miss one step: Let $\partial M$ be a closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$, $x_0 \in \partial M$ than show this limit: $$\lim_{\substack{x\...
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Union of two self-intersecting planes is not a surface

I need to show that the union of xy-plane and xz-plane, i.e. the set $S:=\lbrace (x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R}^3 : z=0 \mbox{ or } y=0\rbrace$, is not a surface. Here is my claim, $\textbf{Claim :}$ Suppose $...
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What function has a graph that looks like this?

I delete my file which I used to produce this graph. Does anybody have some idea how to produce it again? Thanks for a while.
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identify the topological type obtained by gluing sides of the hexagon

Identify the topological type obtained by gluing sides of the hexagon as shown in the picture below Clearly the boundary is encoded by the word $abcb^{-1}a^{-1}c$ I do not understand how the ...
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Are there odd-sheeted coverings of non-orientable surfaces by orientable surfaces?

For any non-orientable surface (compact,connected) $X$ with genus $h$, we have a $2n$-sheeted cover of $X$ by an orientable surface $Y$ first by covering $X$ by $\Sigma_{h-1}$ (a double cover) and ...
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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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Connected sum of surfaces with boundary

The connected sum of closed surfaces (2-manifolds) is defined by removing a disk from each and gluing the exposed edges together. When defining the connected sum of surfaces with boundary, is the ...
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Does the uniqueness of solutions to convex optimization with linear constraints hold in n>3 dimensions?

This is a repost of an earlier question, where I think I was not clear enough in what I was asking: I am examining the following optimization problem, for which I would like to know if, when a ...
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Prove that Gauss map on M is surjective

Let $M$ be a closed, orientable, and bounded surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$. (a) Prove that the Gauss map on $M$ is surjective. (b) Let $K_+(p) = \max \{0, K(p)\}$. Show that $$ \int K_+dA \ge 4\pi. $$ ...
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How do we define ample vector bundles

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over $\mathbf C$. How do we define an ample vector bundle $E$? Do we just ask its determinant $\det $ to be ample? Is it the same as saying that $f^\ast E$ is ...
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About fibers of an elliptic fibration.

Consider the following pencil of cubics: $\lambda C_1+ \mu C_2$ where $C_1=y^2z$ and $C_2=x(x^2+2xz+z^2)$ and the elliptic fibration $\tilde X \rightarrow \mathbb P^1$ induced by the blow-up of $\...
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Open subset of a plane [duplicate]

Suppose that the second fundamental form of a surface patch $\sigma$ is zero everywhere. How can we prove that $\sigma$ is an open subset of a plane? The second fundamental form of a surface patch ...
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Homeomorphism $\phi : T^2/A \to X/B$. What are $ T^2/A$ and $X/B$?

The question I am working on asks me to construct a homeomorphism $\phi : T^2/A \to X/B$ where $T^2$, $A$, $X$ and $B$ are given as follows: $T^2=S^1 \times S^1$ and $A \subset T^2$ is given by $A=S^...
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Rulings of One Sheet Hyperboloid

Let $M$ be a hyperboloid of one sheet satisfying $x^2+y^2-z^2=1$. Show that $x(u,v)=(\frac{uv+1}{uv-1},\frac{u-v}{uv-1},\frac{u+v}{uv-1})$ gives a parametrization of $M$ where both sets of parameter ...
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Giving parametrization of Hyperboloid

I'd like to give a parametrization of an two sheet hyperboloid, such that this parametrization covers both sheets (Without using $±$ symbols). Does that parametrization exist?
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isometries of the sphere

There is a theorem by Pogorelov that if a $C^2$ surface $M$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is isometric to the unit 2-sphere, then $M$ is itself (a rigid motion of) the sphere. What is known about isometric ...
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Is this function bounded? Next question about integral $\int_{\partial M} \frac{1}{||y-x||} n_y \cdot \nabla_y \frac1{||y-x||} dS_y$.

Let $\partial M$ be $C^2$ closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$, $M$ is open. Show that $$ f(x) = \frac{\int_{\partial M} \left| \frac{1}{||y-x||} n_y \cdot \nabla_y \frac{1}{||y-x||} \right| dS_y}{\...
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What's the K-group of a surface?

What's the K-group of a surface? I also want to know how to calculate such group and if there is a explicit characterization of the generators.
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Definition of the algebraic intersection number of oriented closed curves.

Can anyone point me to a reference (book/paper) where I can read up on the the algebraic intersection number of closed curves on an orientable surface? In this paper by John Franks it is used to ...
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Equivalence of two definitions of differentiablitity on Regular Surfaces

When dealing with differentiable surfaces one defines a function $f:S\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ as being differentiable if its expression in local coordinates is differentiable. But one could also define ...
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parametrization of surface element in surface integrals

I don't understand this How $ dS = \sqrt{ \left ( \partial g \over \partial x\right )^2 + \left ( \partial g \over \partial y\right )^2 + 1 } \; dA \; \; $ ?? Is $ dA = dx\times dy$??