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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Optimal number of points for integration over the surface of a sphere

My objetive is to calculate overlapping between spheres. What is the minimum number of points to allocate in the surface of a sphere, so we can perform numerical integration over each sphere with the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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Finding the Asymptotic Curves of a Given Surface

I have to find the asymptotic curves of the surface given by $$z = a \left( \frac{x}{y} + \frac{y}{x} \right),$$ for constant $a \neq 0$. I guess that what was meant by that statement is that surface ...
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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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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 ...
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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| ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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$??
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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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Is conformal equivalence the same as topological equivalence?

Is it true that if I take two surfaces that are topologically equivalent, I can find a conformal mapping between them?
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Is the intersection of the diagonal with a graph always transverse in characteristic zero

Let X be a projective smooth connected curve over $\mathbf{C}$. Let $f:X\to X$ be a non-constant morphism. Is the intersection of the diagonal $\Delta_X$ and the graph $\Gamma_f$ on $X\times X$ ...
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$N$ equally spaced points on an ellipsoid

I would like to find a algorithm for determining the $(x,y,z)$ co-ordinates for evenly distributed $N$ points on the surface of an ellipsoid. These points must be spaced from its nearest neighbour ...
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Pinched torus generalization

The pinched torus is homeomorphic to a sphere with two (different) points identified.           What is the name and topological structure of the ...
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Elongation of edges of Moebius strip

Find length of edges of Moebius strip formed by cutting along length and re-joining from a circular cylinder segment: $( a \cos \theta, a \sin \theta, z), ( \theta, 0, 2 \pi ),( z,0,b) $ after half ...
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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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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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compute principal directions of a cylinder

I calculated the parametric equation of a cylinder, $$x(u,v)=a\cos(u)$$ $$y(u,v)=a\sin(u)$$ $$z(u,v)=v$$ I do not know how to calculate principal directions ? I am not sure what it means neither ...