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What Rubik's Twist configuration has the lowest visible surface area?

The Rubik's Twist has been a fun time sink. From the wiki page, [It] is a toy with twenty-four wedges that are right isosceles triangular prisms. The wedges are connected by spring bolts, so that ...
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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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Compact surfaces with boundary of constant negative curvature

Consider a surface (with boundary) diffeomorphic to $S^1 \times [0, 1]$ and with constant negative curvature, sitting inside $\mathbb{R}^3$. All the examples I know of such surfaces are "part of" (or ...
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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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a subspace of $\mathbb R^3$ with $\pi_1=\mathbb Z_2$

I've been wondering about such problems. It is well known that $\mathbb{RP}^2$ cannot be realized as a subspace of $\mathbb R^3$. But does there exist a space $X\subset\mathbb R^3$ (maybe even ...
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What is the co-kernel of the morphism of vector bundles?

Let $X$ be a surface, and $i:C\subset X$ be a smooth curve. Let $A$ be a line bundle on $C$, and $E$ be a vector bundle of rank $r$ on $X$. Suppose there is a surjection: $E\longrightarrow ...
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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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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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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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About rational curves on elliptic K3 surfaces

I am trying to read this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/9902092.pdf. I have some trouble at the end in Corollary 3.27, and also Proposition 3.24. 0)Morally speaking my main trouble is that i don't ...
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Squeezed cylinder parametrization

A Cylinder is such a common surface. But is there a parametrization for an isometrically $ R^2 $ bent cylinder whose major and minor dimensions are along x, y axes? I used an approximation to ...
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Calculating the equation of a multivariable surface of revolution

I'm stucked with a surface equation problem so I would be very thankful if someone could help me with it. What the excercise says: Find the equation of the revolution surface that is spanned when ...
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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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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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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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Can the same surface have minimal genus in both a 3-manifold and a 4-manifold?

By a surface of minimal genus I mean in it's homology class: A surface $S_0$ embedded in a smooth manifold $M$ such that any other surface $S$ with $[S]=[S_0]\in H_2(M)$, we have $g(S)\geq g(S_0)$. ...
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Effective divisor vs curve on surface

Hartshorne in his book, with the term "a curve $C$ on a surface $S$" (over an algebraically closed field $k$) means that $C$ is an effective divisor on $S$. So, can I conclude that a "a curve $C$ on ...
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Curve minus a point on a surface

Let $S$ be a smooth complex projective surface and let $C\subseteq S$ a curve (maybe not integral). Suppose for example that $C$ is a fiber of a certain fibration of $S$ over $\mathbb P^1$. Now ...
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Cubic surface as P$^2$ blowing up 6 points

This question is from the chapter 1 of Reid's note: Chapters on algebraic surfaces Suppose that L:(x=y=0), M:(z=t=0), and L$_5$:(y=t=0) lie on a nonsingular cubic surface X in P$^3$, define a ...
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An algorithm to find isometry between surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

Given two surfaces in $R^3$, i would like to find isometry between these two. Usually, in class, we did some examples, like bending the plane into a cylinder, or cone, and they were not hard, quite ...
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Area of a region on the surface of a prolate spheroid

Is there a general expression for the area of a region bounded by 3 great ellipses on the surface of a prolate spheroid (where a great ellipse is the intersection of the spheroid with a plane passing ...
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Does every differentiable ruled surfaces possess a global ruled parametrization?

According to my notes, a differentiable ruled surface of $\mathbb R ^3$ is a 2-dimensional $C^k$ submanifold of $\mathbb R ^3$ that can be described as a union of straight lines. I'm working on some ...
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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 $f_0(D) = ...
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Is there a surface S$\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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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 ...