Questions about symmetry, in group theory, geometry or elsewhere in mathematics. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetry

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Tetrahedron symmetries

What are the order of lines of symmetry, plane of symmetry and rotational symmetry in a tetrahedron with its base is an equilateral triangle and other sides are all isosceles triangles?
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Why does symmetry happen in reset-based random walks?

I am studying the basic concepts about random walks / brownian motion, and based on the idea of a Möbius-based walk in Wolfram's website, I wanted to try my own version of it in Python to compare it ...
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Graph, Relation $xRy \Leftrightarrow$ There is a path between $x$ and $y$ - symmetry

I have the relation $xRy$ is equivalent to "There is a path between $x$ and $y$" If I now want to check symmetry, $xRy$ is equivalent to $yRx$, I read that this is true. I thought this is only the ...
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Domain enclosed by a simple closed curve with infinity many symmetry axes must be disk?

Let $D\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ be a domain. Suppose that (1) the boundary $\partial D$ is a simple closed curve; (2) the domain $D$ has infinity many symmetry axes. The domain $D$ must be a disk? If ...
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How to show the symmetry of a special green's function? (without defining the class of green's functions in general)

Given a two-dimensional simple random walk $ (X_i)_{i\in\mathbb{N}}$ on $ \mathbb{Z}^2 $, a square $ S_N :=\{1,2,\dots, N\} \times \{1,2,\dots, N\} $, and the stopping time $ \tau_{\partial ...
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Finding the pattern in number of (next and up) nearest neighbours of $N$ points on a circle

The question is rather vague (I couldn't phrase it more clearly though) so let me explain. Say you have a circle, and you put four equidistant points on it. You then have two types of neighbours: ...
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Points on a 2D plane spanned by a turtle graphics system

Suppose you have a turtle graphics system with a set "turning angle" $\delta$, in which the turtle can execute three commands: $F$: Go forward, by unit length, in the current direction. (The initial ...
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List of two-sided wallpaper groups?

I'm interested in the symmetries of two-dimensional patterns that have two sides. In other words, what discrete groups can be formed from the three-dimensional Euclidean isometries which preserve a ...
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What is the difference between using $PAP^{-1}$ and $PAP^{T}$ to diagonalize a matrix?

What is the difference between using $PAP^{-1}$ and $PAP^{T}$ to diagonalize a matrix? Can both methods be used to diagonalize a diagonalizable matrix $A$? Also does $A$ been symmetric or not ...
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Symmetry and periodicity of ODEs solution

Consider a set of smooth ODE: $$(1)~~~~~~~~~\dot{x} = f(x)$$ with $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $f : \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^n$. Consider also a linear transformaton $\gamma : \mathbb{R}^n \to ...
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Composition of groups

Let's say we have a system of interacting particles that can divided into two populations. The symmetry group of each population is $G$, and the two populations are identical, so that I can exchange ...
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How are there 21 pairs are symmetric, but not the 36 pairs of a pair of dice..

In the book "Knowing the Odds - An Introduction to Probability" by John B. Walsh, pp.12-13 he states the following: first of all, Symmetry Principle says, Symmetry Principle. If two events are ...
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Choose the reflection planes of a surface through a single point.

Let $S$ be a surface in $R^3$, for which coordinate vector field of $S$ has zero mean on $S$. Assume that for any vector $n$, a normal plane to $n$ exist, such that $S$ is symmetric about it. How can ...
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Show $d(x,y) = d(y,x)$

If $$\mu (x,y) = \min\{n\in\mathbb{N} \ | \ x_n \not= y_n \}$$ and $$d(x,y) = \frac{1}{\mu(x,y)}$$ How can I show that $$d(x,y)=d(y,x)$$ For me it's pretty obvious, but I don't know how to ...
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Geometric proof that (symmetry w/r to $x$ and $y$ axes) $\implies$ (symmetry w/r to origin)

I'm trying to prove that reflecting a point about the x and y axes is equivalent to reflecting it about the origin. Is my proof valid? How could I improve it? Proof: Take a point $a$ in the first ...
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Behavior of eigenvalues of certain matrices

I am trying to analyze the behavior of the 2 highest eigenvalues of matrices of this form : Symmetric $n*n$ matrices that contains only : $1/k$ (for fixed k), -1,1 and 0. My hope is to find some ...
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Is there a name for this kind of space?

Assume a Riemannian symmetric space $G/H$ where the decomposition of the Lie algebra of $G$ is $\mathfrak{g} = \mathfrak{h} \oplus \mathfrak{m}$. It is a known fact that if $\mathfrak{h}$ is the Lie ...
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Classification of Differential Equations

I know that there is a theory of integrating (partial) differential equation by finding its symmetries (which form a Lie group) and making corresponding transformation of the domain. I also know ...
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Is this a spontaneous symmetry-breaking?

I have a system of equations: \begin{cases} f\left(x_{1}\right)+f\left(x_{2}\right)+P=0\\ \\ g\left(x_{1}\right)+g\left(x_{2}\right)=0 \end{cases} where $f,g$ are some functions, ...
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Problem on symmetric matrices

Let $A$ be square non-singular matrix of order $n \geq 2$. If $A$ is symmetric, then $A^2$ is symmetric positive definite. If $A^2$ is symmetric positive definite, then $A$ is symmetric. I think I ...
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Modular arithmetic of rotation a triange

A triangle is an n-gon with 3 rotational symmetries and 3 reflection symmetries. Each rotation is 120 degrees. Suppose the triangle begins with initial angle 240 degrees and rotates through 240 ...
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Points of symmetry of tessellation.

I was given this irregular hexagon: Then I was told to tessellate it: Now, I am being asked to find all the points on the hexagon (first picture) which are points of symmetry of my tessellation ...
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Is this Fractal New?

I developed some equations relating to symmetry. When used recursively, they produce what I believe is a fractal of symmetries. The fractal is procedurally generated like a snowflake or a gasket, ...
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Trade-off among symmetries

Take a set $X \in \mathbb{R}^2$ of nonzero measure $\mu(X) \neq 0$. I am attempting to design a set that has the following symmetries (continuous or discrete) $1.$ Scale symmetry $2.$ Rotation ...
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Determining the symmetry group of an infinite horizontal line.

I believe I have a satisfactory answer to the following question: Imagine we have a infinite horizontal line running through the origin, what is the associated symmetry group? Now thinking ...
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Group theory argument

I'm reading Group Theory in Physics by Wu-Ki Tung and on page 69 in the proof of Theorem 5.3 he makes a group theory statement that I don't get. Let me try give some notation and explanation ...
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Are symmetric matrices necessarily positive-definite / positive semi-definite?

I am trying to prove this just to be clear about this but I don't have enough conditions to force this idea to be true, so I doubt it is. Are symmetric matrices always at least positive ...
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Diagonally dominant matrix for Cholesky?

I have a $10^6 \times 10^6$ dense SPD matrix, which I am called to invert, by using Cholesky factorization. However, I came across this statement: We start with the Cholesky and LU ...
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Proving a theorem on a rotation about a line followed by the inversion to show that it is a reflection

A theorem in my textbook is : A rotation about a line followed by the inversion about a point on that line is a reflection or a rotary reflection. I can picture this theorem in my head on a 3D space ...
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Joint pdf of N > 1 i.i.d. random variables isotropic if and only if they are centered gaussian?

Are centered Gaussian densities given by $$f_X(x) = \frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-x^2/(2 \sigma^2)}$$ the unique densities such that the joint pdf of $N > 1$ independent and identically ...
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Shifting a series of functions whilst maintaining symmetry

I have a function y = a*Exp[-(x - b)^2/2*c^2] + d*Exp[-Abs[-e*x]] + f Which is symmetrical when the coefficient of b is equal to 0 however it loses symmetry as ...
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Which wallpaper patterns can coordinates be chosen so that the group $G$ operates on the lattice $L$?

For which of the seventeen wallpaper patterns can coordinates be chosen so that the group $G$ operates on the lattice $L$? FYI, this is an Artin textbook problem. Please help. Thanks!
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Determine the formulas that represent the decomposition of vertices/edges/faces into orbits.

I've taken a basic stab at this problem. I feel like I am missing something big. Please help. Thanks! Q: Let $G$ be the group of rotational symmetries of a cube, let $G_v, G_e, G_f$ be the ...
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Describe the orbits of poles for the group of rotations of an octahedron.

Can anyone review my work on this problem and tell me if I'm missing anything major? Thanks! Q: Describe the orbits of poles for the group of rotations of an octahedron. There are $|G|=N=24$ ...
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Eigenvectors and geometrical transformation

$$A= \begin{pmatrix} 2/3 & 2/3 & -1/3 \\ 2/3 & -1/3 & 2/3 \\ -1/3 & 2/3 & 2/3 \\ \end{pmatrix}$$, I need to understand that kind of ...
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Spontaneous or not spontaneous symmetry breaking? That is the question.

I have the following system of ODEs: \begin{cases} \frac{du_{i}}{dt}=F_{i}\left(\boldsymbol{u},\boldsymbol{v}\right)+A, & i=1,\ldots M\\ \\ ...
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Show that the point group $\overline{G}$ can not be a subgroup of $G$ generated by a single glide reflection.

I have having trouble with the very last part of this problem: Q: Consider the group $G$ generated by a single glide reflection. Show that the point group is $D_1 = \{\text{id}, r\} \cong ...
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basis for symmetric square

If we have the symmetric square Sym$^{2}V$ and $V=\mathbb{C}^{2}$, why is it that $\{x^{2}, xy, y^{2}\}$ form a basis for it? So symmetric square matrices are when the main diagonal acts as a ...
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Which mathematical theory investigates distortions?

For transformations like rotations, translations or boosts Lie theory is the appropriate theory. Which theory talks in similar, systematic terms about distortions $$ M \vec{v} = m \vec{v} \quad ...
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Proving that a group is simple

I want to solve the following: Let $I$ be the group of isometries that preserve the orientation of the icosahedron. Use the class formula to show that $I$ is a simple group (i.e. It does not have ...
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Symmetry properties conserved after integration?

I have an integrand consisting of the variables a,b,w,x,y,z. Now I integrate over the variables w,x,y,z (w and x from 0 to 1 and y and z from 0 to infinity). I know that the resulting expression ...
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Simple question on group theory

Suppose we have the following system of differential equations: \begin{cases} \frac{dx_{i}}{dt}=f_{i}\left(\boldsymbol{x},\boldsymbol{y}\right), & i=1,\ldots M\\ \\ ...
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Basic questions regarding group theory and symmetry in practice

I have for some months been interested in group theory. I was very fascinated by the level of abstraction I first met when working with groups. Another aspect that has fascinated me lately is ...
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Formally correct “generator expression” for parameters of a function

I'm trying to express formally correct that a class of functions exists that have a certain property that applies to all concrete "instances" of this class. In that I try to write a "generator ...
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If $n\times n$ matrix A is symmetric, is $A^{10}$ symmetric also?

If $n\times n$ matrix A is symmetric, is $A^{10}$ symmetric also? All I can deduce is that $A^{T}=A$, but that doesn't give me much in trying to show that $A^{10}$ is symmetric. Any hints/suggestions? ...
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Idempotents and symmetries of Zn

[Soft question out of curiosity] While reading about idempotents of a ring, I used $\mathbb Z_n$ as a convenient example. In visualizing the ring's structure, I was intrigued by strange symmetries ...
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How does a Lie derivative generate a $U(1)$ isometry?

Consider a $2l$-dimensional Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ without a boundary and let $V=V^{\mu}\frac{\partial}{\partial^{\mu}}$ be a Killing vector field, i.e. $$ \mathcal{L}_Vg_{\mu \nu} = 0 ...
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Motions that Leave a Prism Invariant

Identify the group of all motions that leave a right prism invariant. It seems like the normal dihedral group, $D_n$, with respect to the base would be a subgroup of this group. That is to say that ...
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is a line of symmetry going through the center of an octagon parallel to the ground it is on?

I came across this question recently, It wanted me to find angle EDG assuming the line crossing between the octagon/polygon is it's line of symmetry. My answer was 25 degrees, but A few friends ...
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Show that $A^TA$ has at least one positive eigenvalue if $A$ is not all-zero

I need some help on showing that $A^TA$ has at least one positive eigenvalue if $A$ is not all-zero. $A$ is rectangular and can have dependent columns in general. I can show that it cannot have ...