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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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Paper cylinder inside out

My question is related with paper folding: Given a cylinder of paper it is possible to turn it inside out using folding along lines. This is a Martin Gardner recreational puzzle. Secondly, ...
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Normal subgroups of the fundamental group of a non-orientable surface.

Let $N^2_g$ be a non-orientable closed genus $g\geq 2$ surface. Is there a way to explicitly list the normal subgroups of $\pi_1(N^2_g)$ in terms of generators and relations? I am interested in ...
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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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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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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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What does the metric matrix G tell us here

Let $\phi:U \rightarrow S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ be a chart from $U \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ to a surface $S$. $G = g_{ij}$ be the metric matrix such that $ g_{ij} = \frac{\partial \phi}{\partial ...
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Computing a contraction of an exceptional divisor.

For a few days, I have been working on the following problem, from Qing Liu's book: Let $\mathcal{O_K}$ be a discrete valuation ring with uniformizing parameter t and residue characteristic $\neq ...
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The Birman–Hilden Theorem and the Nielsen–Thurston classification

So this post is half question/half reference request, as I'm sure it's the kind of thing people would have thought about before (and indeed the question might even be trivial), but I've been unable to ...
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Space of solutions to $f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)$ when $f$ is convex

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a nonlinear convex function, and let $x\in\mathbb{R}^n$ be an arbitrary vector. Define the set $\Omega_f(x)$ as $\Omega_f(x) \triangleq ...
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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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Morse theory and homology of an algebraic surface (example)

Let $T_n$ denote the $n$-th Chebyshev polynomial and define $f_n(x,y,z)\!:=\!T_n(x)\!+\!T_n(y)\!+\!T_n(z)$ and $$Z_n:=\mathcal{Z}(f_n) \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3,$$ the Bachoff-Chmutov surface, where in ...
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Understanding surface area of a revolution/length of curve

I don't quite understand why the formula to find the surface area of a revolution is what it is: $$A = 2\pi \int_a^b x\ \sqrt{1 + \left(\frac{\text{d}y}{\text{d}x}\right)^2}\ \text{d} x.$$ I ...
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Hirzebruch surfaces

How can I express the 2nd Hirzebruch surface, $F_{2}$ in terms of $SO(3)$. Is it true that $F_{2}$ is the total space of a bundle with fibre SO(3) over $\mathbb{R}_{+}$?
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If there exists a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, what is the relation between Laplace-Beltrami operators on the surfaces?

Let $S(0)$ and $S(t)$ be a hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Suppose there is a diffeomorphism $F^0_t:S(0) \to S(t)$. Suppose we have the Laplace-Beltrami operator $\Delta_{S(\cdot)}$. Let $u:S(t) \to ...
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homomorphism of fundamental groups induced by a map of two surfaces

I am trying to find another proof of the following theorem Theorem Let $X$ and $Y$ be two compact surfaces of genus greater than $2$. Then every homomorphism $π_1(X,x_0)→π_1(Y,y_0)$ is induced by a ...
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Find the surface integral of $f=|x|-|y|$ over the part of $z=1-\frac{x^2}{M}-\frac{y^2}{N}$ inside a cylinder.

(a) Find the surface integral of $f=|x|-|y|$ over the part of $z=1-\frac{x^2}{M}-\frac{y^2}{N}$ inside the region $\frac{x^2}{M^2}+\frac{y^2}{N^2}=1$ (b) Find the surface integral of $f=|xy|$ over ...
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Working with projection of areas?

I was recently solving a physics problem which had to do with the momentum imparted by a photon beam to a perfectly absorbing sphere and a perfectly reflecting one. Considering the former and Putting ...
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Calculating the Solid Angle

$\textbf{Problem:}$ Consider we have a class $C^1$ parameterization $\psi:[a_1,b_1]\times[a_2,b_2]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3-\{0\}$ for the surface $S$. Also, consider that $S$ is such that the map ...
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Does the dual of a vector bundle with ample determinant have global sections

Let $E$ be a locally free sheaf on a smooth projective variety $X$ over $\mathbb C$. Suppose that $\det E$ is an ample line bundle on $X$. Is $$H^0(X,E^\vee) =0?$$ In fact, if $E$ of rank $1$, it is ...
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What are the easiest surfaces of general type

The "easiest type" of curves of general type are those of genus two. In this case $\chi(X,\mathcal O_X) = -1$ and $\deg K = 2$, where $K$ is the canonical sheaf. I'm a bit lost when it comes to ...
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Do we really need to use the Jordan-Schönflies Theorem to prove that every surface can be triangulated?

I have read that most proofs of the triangulability of surfaces require the use of the Jordan-Schönflies Theorem. However, is such high-tech machinery really needed? The problem is that 3-manifolds ...
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Ambient Isotopy

From Hirsch's Differential Topology, p. 180. The first of the isotopy extension theorems says; Let $A\subset M$ be a compact submanifold and $F:V\times I \rightarrow S^{3}$ an isotopy of $A$. If ...
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Criterion for orientability: Derivative of transition map

The definition I have been given for a smooth abstract surface, $S$, to be orientable is that given a continuous family of maps $f_t: D \to S$ that embed the closed unit disk into $S$ with $f_0(D) = ...
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Parameterization of surfaces of revolution with constant mean curvature

Let $x(u,v) = (g(u), h(u) \cos v, h(u) \sin v)$ be a parameterization of a surface of revolution $M$, arising from rotating the regular curve $\alpha(u) = (g(u),h(u),0)$ around the $x$-axis with ...
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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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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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common surface between two equation

what is common surface between: $(x+5)^2+z^2=y$ and $z^2+y^2=25$ ? I have found that at the XY plane the common surface is hiperbola, but it cannot be right because at the paraboloid there aren't any ...
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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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How do you integrate surface area in spherical coordinates?

A single-valued function of spherical coordinates $r(\theta,\phi)$ (where $(\theta,\phi)\in[0,\pi]\otimes[0,2\pi]$) naturally defines a surface in 3D space. How does one calculate the surface area of ...
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diagrams of twist spun torus knots

Kindly can you explain to me how to obtain the double twist spun of torus knots from tangle diagram of the given torus knot. I found the method here ...
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What kind of surface is this?

I'm not a math guru, but just fascinated by it, so sorry if my questions are only curiosity and not high level. In some contemporary art website I have found this image: In the right side there is ...
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Difference between diffeomorphisms fixing a point or a whole neighborhood.

Let $S_g$ be a closed orientable surface of genus $g$ and $S_{g}^1$ a closed orientable surface with one boundary component. Let $p$ be in $S_g$ and let's note $\mathrm{Diff}_+(S_g,p)$ the set of ...
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Show that the (Veronese-like) surface is given by zero locus of the following polynomials

Consider the following set in $\mathbb R^6$: $$ S= \bigl \{(x_1^2,x_2^2,x_3^2,x_1x_2,x_2x_3,x_3x_1) \mid (x_1,x_2,x_3) \in \mathbb R^3, \; x_1^2+x_2^2+x_3^2 = 1 \bigr\}. $$ If we denote by ...
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Homotopy versus path-homotopy on punctured surface

I have some problems with homotopies. The situation is this: Let $X$ be a surface, which is homeomorphic to a 2-Sphere with a finite number (at least 3) of points removed (equivalently, an open ...
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Orientable Surface Covers Non-Orientable Surface

I need to describe how a 4-genus orientable surface double covers a genus 5-non-orientable surface. I know that in general every non-orientable compact surface of genus $n\geq 1$ has a two sheeted ...
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Seifert surface and crossing number

i am sitting here with the problem of Seifert Surfaces. I know from a theorem that every knot does have a Seifert surface. We can also make a so called disc-and-band surface $F$ by gluing $v$ discs ...
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Surfaces are homeomorphic iff are diffeomorphic.

I have read this statement in several places: "Two surfaces are homeomorphic iff are diffeomorphic". I think the nontrivial implication follows in this manner: First, we triangulate the surface and ...
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calculating the area on the surface os a sphere created by intersection of two spherical caps!

Consider a spherical object composed of two compartments (A and B, not necessarily hemispheres) sitting at the interface which is characterized by a plane separating 1 and 2. For this case, ...
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Do K3-surfaces have Weierstrass equations

I've been wondering a bit about K3-surfaces and their analogy to elliptic curves. I've just started so this might be a very silly question. Do all K3-surfaces have a Weierstrass equation (up to ...
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ruling out non Pseudo-anosov automorphisms

We are given a fibration $S\to M\to S^1$ where S is a compact hyperbolic surface, M a 3-manifold and $S^1$ the circle. Topologically speaking, it is clear that M has to be the mapping torus ...
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How to determine whether or not a specified set is a smooth surface?

I know that a given set $M$ is a smooth surface of dimension $k$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ iff there's a map $r:U\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^n, U\subset \mathbb{R}^k$ is open such that $\forall a\in U, ...
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Non-standard 3D rotation of a set of points

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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How to solve this questions about regular surfaces?

I'm trying to solve the following: $i)$ Show that if all normals to a connected surface pass trough a fixed point, the surface is contained in a sphere. $ii)$ Prove that if a regular surface $S$ ...
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Delaunay surfaces - plane as surface of revolution

According to Wikipedia (and other sources) "Delaunay proved that the only surfaces of revolution with constant mean curvature were the surfaces obtained by rotating the roulettes of the conics. These ...
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Second fundamental form

Is it correct to say that .. the second fundamental form of surface theory determines the Euler characteristic and the genus of the surface ? If not how is it determined?
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Is the standard embedding of the torus the tight embedding?

Definition of tight: A mapping of a surface into $\mathbb{R}^3$ is called tight if its image, equipped with the induced metric, has minimal total absolute curvature. (A definition of this kind is ...
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Inverse function theorem and parametric surfaces as graphs

Let $\psi$ be a regular surface at the point $(u_{0}, v_{0})$ ($\psi \in C^{1}, T_{u} \times T_{v} \neq 0$ at $u_{0}, v_{0}$). Use the implicit function theorem to show the image of $\psi$ near ...
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Torsion of an asymptotic curve with nonzero curvature

I wish to solve the following problem using the matrix of the shape operator $S_{P}$. Suppose $K= \text{det} S_{P} <0$, and $C$ is an asymptotic curve with curvature $\kappa (P)$ nonzero. I want to ...
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Integrate Gaussian over elliptic area

I have got a two-dimensional gaussian distribution, where $\sigma_x = \sigma_y$ and $\mu_x = \mu_y = 0$. $ f(x,y) = \frac{1}{2\pi \sigma^2} e ^{-\left( \frac{x^2 + y^2}{2\sigma^2} \right)}$ I would ...