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

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Groups of isometries

I recently read the popular scientific book "Symmetry and the Monster" and it emphasizes groups as the sets of symmetries of geometrical objects. So I was wondering, do all groups appear as symmetry ...
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Reducing size of ODE system by using symmetries: examples, references help request.

We know: A high order differential equation can be expressed as an ODE system. Knowledge of a symmetry allow one to reduce the order of a differential equation. So if we do $n$-order ODE ...
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How to show that $f(x) = \cos^2(x)\sin(x)$ is symmetric about the line $x=\frac{1}{2} \pi$?

I really have trouble with making any exercises regarding point symmetry and line symmetry. For example: Show that $f(x) = \cos^2(x)\sin(x)$ is line symmetrical in the line $x=\dfrac{1}{2} \pi$. ...
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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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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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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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Is this claim true$(\xi \circ k)(s)=(k \circ \xi )(s)=0$ $\implies$ $k(s)=\zeta(s)=0 $ is true if and only if RH is false?

It is well known that $\xi(s)=\xi(1-s)$ is a verified functional equation for all complex $s$, where $\xi(s) = s(s-1) \pi^{s/2} \Gamma\left(\frac{s}{2}\right) \zeta(s)$. let $k(s)=\xi(1-s)$ and ...
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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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ODE system and Lie symmetries

The ODE system (see below), where $F$ is a given function together the algebraic condition (SYM) imply that $$\boxed{y(t)=k-x(t)} \tag{*}$$ for some $k$ constant. The result that $y$ is a translation ...
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Symbols to represent each distinct symmetry of polyhedra

Is there a pictorial or symbolic way to represent each distinct symmetry of a polyhedron?
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Symmetric Icon Fractals

I have always been fascinated by fractals. But most of all I like the Symmetric Icon fractals. There is a nice book about these fractals, written by Michael Field, called Symmetry in Chaos. I'm ...
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Symmetry groups of discrete functions

I'm looking for basic information about symmetry groups of discrete functions. It is difficult to search for such information, because searching for "symmetry group" gives results that refer almost ...
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How do you call functions that fulfill $f(x)=\pm f(\pm 1/x)$?

A function $f(x)$ that fulfills $f(x)=\pm f(-x)$ is called (a)symmetric even/odd. How do you call functions that fulfill $f(x)=\color{blue}\pm f(\color{red}\pm 1/x)$? ...
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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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Symmetric Fibonacci images

I was playing with the Turtle module in Python and decided to try plotting the Fibonacci series with the following scheme where $f_n$ is the $n^{th}$ Fibonacci number: Rotate the turtle $k (f_n ...
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Fractals vs. “neatness” / order

I've seen a lot of high level videos on fractals, etc, and how they might apply to the real world. So a tree is branches with branches with branches, and our blood vessels branch and then branch ...
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Visualisation of representations and their decomposition into irreps

A question in a Representation Theory midterm got me thinking, and made me realise I didn't really understand irreps. The question was on the subject of reps of $S_4$, and went: An obvious ...
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What is the symmetry of the Penrose tiling?

What is the symmetry of the Penrose tiling? Simply C5 or bigger? Any simple proof that the tiling is a complete cover of the plane?
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Association of financial phenomena/indications with the conservation laws of Black Scholes equation

For a while I've been doing research on methods of obtaining conservation laws via the symmetries of DEs. I'm presently doing research on identifying financial indicators/phenomena that can be ...
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Does “Spherical Symmetry” as defined in General Relativity imply a Foliation of Spheres?

In Carroll's "spacetime and geometry" he defines a spherical symmetrical spacetime as a spacetime $(M,g)$ for which there exists a Lie algebra homomorphism between the Lie algebra of a subset of the ...
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Ordering binary matrices for reflection/rotation

I have a collection of $n\times n$ binary matrices and I would like to reduce it for symmetry ($D_4$ -- reflections and rotations). The naive method of testing each pair is very slow because the ...
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What to call this kind of symmetry in a sphere?

Geometrically, if the two hemispheres of a spherical distribution of some kind (let's say a spherical gas cloud) are similar such that the properties of the gas as seen by a person standing on a ...
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Symmetry of the pentagon and even permutation

I was doing part (iii). For the first part of that questions, $ D_{10} = \{e, \rho, \rho^2, \rho^2, \rho^4, \sigma\rho, \sigma\rho^2, \sigma\rho^3, \sigma\rho^4 \} $ where $\rho = (1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4 \ ...
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An isomorphism between the full tetrahedral symmetry group and the cubic rotation group?

I know that the full symmetry group of the tetrahedron and the rotation group of the cube are both isomorphic to $S_4$. But I want to show a direct, visual isomorphism. I tried looking at a ...
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Make one cube out of 8 little cubes

As part of a puzzle, you have to stack 8 little $1\times 1\times 1$-cubes so that they form one big $2\times 2\times 2$-cube. Now I want to check all possible solution to the puzzle and therefor I'm ...
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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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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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Symmetries on Hilbert spaces

Let $\mathfrak{H}$ be a Hilbert space and let $\mathcal{E}(\mathfrak{H})$ be the set of all operators $T\in B(\mathfrak{H})$ such that $0\leq T\leq 1$ (these operators are also called effects on ...
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Integral of symmetric function

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$ be such that $f(x_1,\dots,x_n)=f(x_{\sigma(1)},\dots,x_{\sigma(n)})$ for every $n$-permutation $\sigma$, and suppose that ...
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Symmetries of Archimedean Solids

There are five platonic solids, and 13/15 (which is correct?) Archimedean Solids. The finite groups of isometries of Euclidean $3$-space are the finite subgroups of $SO(3,\mathbb{R})$ or ...
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Point symmetry group, identification.

Good day. Please, tell me information about the algorithm of identification point symmetry groups for two-dimensional data (timeseries)? Maybee some book ? I have a data file like this: ...
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How to find the center of of rotational symmetry in a Penrose tiling?

The center of Helsinki sports a gorgeous Penrose tiled pavement: Could anybody give me an algorithm that will permit me to find its 'center' - that is, the point around which the five-fold ...
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Characterizing a function regarding symmetry

Let us suppose a function $f \colon \mathbb{N} \times \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{R}$, such that $$\neg\left(\forall a,b \,|\, a \in N \land b \in N \implies f(a,b)=f(b,a)\right)$$ That is $$\left(\exists ...
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One dimensional binary string with periodic boundaries and reflection

I have a binary string $l=(l_1,l_2,\ldots,l_{2n})$ with $l\in\{0,1\}$ and the conditions $l_i \cdot l_{i+n}=0$ for all $i$ and $\sum l_i=n$. Now, I was wondering how many distinct string exist, when a ...
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Constraints on eigenvalues due to the form (symmetry) of Matrix

So I have to deal with a square matrix with complex elements $A$ given by - $$A_{ij}(k) = \underbrace{\frac{1}{2}(c_{ij}+c_ji)}_{\text{symmetric under interchange of $i$ and $j$}} \exp(Ik(i-j))$$ ...
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Types of symmetry for combinatorial graphs

Let $G$ be an undirected, connected graph without loops. Let's call $G$ symmetric iff it has a non-trivial automorphism (that is a permutation $\pi : V(G) \rightarrow V(G) $ – which is not the ...
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Help with Hermitian Symmetry and its inverse Fourier transform in MATLAB.

I have tried to impose Hermitian symmetry on the complex number $z$ which is varies with $x$. I need to take its inverse Fourier transform. A hermitian symmetry should give a real valued inverse FT. ...
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Conditions for matrix operator to preserve complex symmetry on DFT vector?

Suppose there is a DFT vector $\mathbf{X}$ (complex vector) with length N, which presents complex conjugate symmetry around its middle point, i.e., $X(1) = X(N-1)^*$, $X(2) = X(N - 2)^*$ and so forth. ...
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Dilation Invariance

Given the formula $$F(x)= \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}f(x+n) $$ We know that is invariant under translations of the form $y=x+n$ for any integer $n$. However can we find a similar formula for dilations ...
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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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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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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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Prove that the Gaussian quadrature points are symmetric if the interval is symmetric wrt the origin.

I need to find the proof for the symmetric Gaussian quadrature points in a symmetric interval. I thought it was a popular fact but I couldn't find it on the net. I also want to prove that the ...
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Several symmetry formulas?

I have lost the book of my math course one day before the test. I want to review several formulas, but I haven't found them anywhere online. The formulas I am looking for are: Symmetry of a line ...
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Is this proof show that the derivative of zeta function has no zeros in the critical strip?

suppose that :( $k \circ \zeta )(s)$= $(\zeta \circ k )(s) \neq 0 $.....$(1)$ ,and suppose that $ k(s)=\zeta(1-s)$ where : $\xi(s) = s(s-1) \pi^{s/2} \Gamma\left(\frac{s}{2}\right) \zeta(s)$. and ...
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For an app teaching about polyhedra, what are some core characteristics to include?

For fun: I'm building a 3d app that teaches about polyhedra. What should I include? The obvious didactic elements for each polyhedron would be: Fundamental polygon's Vertices 
Edges
 Faces
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symmetry ratio and symmetry index

Can someone explain how to calculate "symmetry ratio" and "symmetry index" when the following points in the Cartesian plane is given ? ...
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Reflection Symmetry for Non-Linear Differential Equations

We are given the equations: \begin{align} \dot{x}& =\mu \, x +y+y^3 \\ \dot{y}& =2x-2y+xy^2+\gamma \, x^2y \end{align} The question at hand is to determine whether there is some sort of ...
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symmetric ranges of curve division on an oloid

taken from wikipedia , I drew an Oloid by using the functions with ; ; and with ; ; If I use any equal spaced range of t(x) on ; I will end up with an unequal range t(y), which ...
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Symmetry in a $p$-sphere

Let $S(p)$ be the unit sphere at the origin in the $\mathcal{l}_p$-norm. What symmetries does it have? For instance in the $\mathcal{l}_2$-norm we have unitary symmetry in the Euclidean case. In ...