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

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Why does Group Theory not come in here?

Here is a list of questions that I find quite similar, for the one and only reason that they all show much "symmetry". Which is at the same time my problem, because I don't have a very precise notion ...
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Coloring a cube with 4 colors

There are some topics on this forum related to my question. Most of them use Burnsides Lemma. I don't know this lemma and I don't know whether it is applicable to my problem. Can someone explain the ...
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What's so special about the group axioms?

I've only just begun studying group theory (up to Lagrange) following on from vector spaces and I am still finding them almost frustratingly arbitrary. I'm not sure what exactly it is about the ...
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Translations in two dimensions - Group theory

I have just started learning Lie Groups and Algebra. Considering a flat 2-d plane if we want to translate a point from $(x,y)$ to $(x+a,y+b)$ then can we write it as : $$ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} ...
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How many $n$-colorings up to rotation using exactly 2 of each color are there on a $2n$-polyhedron?

I'm a high-school student and I stumbled across a YouTube video explaining how Rubik's cubes work. A Rubik's cube has 6 colors, one for each side, but I started thinking about ways to $n$-color the ...
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Do Symmetric problems have Symmetric solutions?

There is a general notion of Symmetry in mathematics, that of an object being constant under some transformation. If we think of our object as being a "mathematical problem" we can see certain ...
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Construct the Green s function for the equation

Construct the Green s function for the equation y^''+ 2y^'+2y=0 Which boundary conditions y(0)=0 , y(π/2)=0 Is this Green s function symmetric? What is the Green s function, if the ...
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equilateral triangle; $3(a^4 + b^4 + c^4 + d^4) = (a^2 + b^2 + c^2 + d^2)^2.$

In equilateral triangle ABC of side length d, if P is an internal point with PA = a, PB = b, and PC = c, the following pleasingly symmetrical relationship holds: $3(a^4 + b^4 + c^4 + d^4) = (a^2 + b^2 ...
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Is symmetry a valid option in inequalities?

Consider two questions: Q1. $$a+b+c+d+e=8$$ $$a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2+e^2=16$$ $$a,b,c,d,e\in\mathbb{I^+_0}$$ Find maximum value of 'e'? My answer: Since when e is maximum when all other variables are equal ...
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The path to understanding Frieze Groups

What is the "Path" for understanding what Frieze Groups really are? Generally in mathematics, there is a is a path or "building blocks" approach to learning something. For example if I know how to ...
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Do Symmetric Games with Nash Equilibria always have a symmetric Equilbrium?

Define a game with S players to be Symmetric if all players have the same set of options and the payoff of a player depends only on the player's choice and the set of choices of all players. ...
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Why isn't an odd improper integral equal to zero

My calculus book says that the integral of $\frac1x$ cannot cross zero. Now it seems obvious that because of symmetry, there will always be an interval whose integrals are equal in magnitude and ...
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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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Question about stiffness tensor

Let's have a stiffness tensor $$ a^{ijkl}: a^{ijkl} = a^{jikl} = a^{klij} = a^{ijlk}. $$ It has a 21 independent components for anisotropic body. How does body symmetry (cubic, hexagonal etc.) ...
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Surfaces of constant curvature using the conformal method

I'm doing a study of surfaces with constant curvature which leads to solving the equation: $$\Delta\phi = -e^{2\phi}K_0$$ for a 2-dimensional metric with constant curvature such that rotation around ...
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Number of reflection symmetries of a basketball

Excerpt from John Horton Conway, The Symmetries of Things, pg. 12. Basketballs have two planes of reflective symmetry, as do tennis balls. I read this sentence and it immediately struck me as ...
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Seeking Better (Symmetry Exploiting) Solution and Generalization of An Inequality

Given positive variable $(x,y,a,b)$ where $x+y=1$, how does one "slickly" prove the following inequality? $$f(x,y) := \frac{xa+yb}{\sqrt{xa^2+yb^2}}\ge \frac{2\sqrt{ab}}{a+b}.$$ or simply $$f(x,y) := ...
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Combining symbols with symmetry

So this question has probably been answered already, but I can't find a good answer through searching google or this site. Basically, if I have n symbols, how many n-length combinations of the ...
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How is $r(\theta) = \sin \frac\theta2$ symmetric about the x-axis?

I understand how it is symmetric about the $y$-axis. because $r(-\theta) = \sin \left(-\frac\theta2\right)=-\sin \left(\frac\theta2\right)=-r(\theta)$ But how is it symmetric about $x$-axis?
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Reading the sphere diagrams in point groups on wikipedia

How do you read/make sense of the sphere diagrams shown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spherical_symmetry_groups What do the yellow shaded areas represent? What are the red ...
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What does it mean for $AA^T$ to be symmetric?

What does it mean for $AA^T$ to be symmetric? A question in my book says to show that $AA^T$ is symmetric so I took a very simple matrix to try and understand this: $A=\begin{bmatrix} 2 \\ 8 \\ ...
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Minima of symmetric functions given a constraint

If $f(x,y,z,\ldots)$ is symmetric in all variables, (i.e $f$ remains the same after interchanging any two variables), and we want to find the extrema of $f$ given a symmetric constraint ...
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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!