# Questions tagged [symmetry]

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

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### Symmetry of function defined by integral

Define a function $f(\alpha, \beta)$, $\alpha \in (-1,1)$, $\beta \in (-1,1)$ as $$f(\alpha, \beta) = \int_0^{\infty} dx \: \frac{x^{\alpha}}{1+2 x \cos{(\pi \beta)} + x^2}$$ One can use, for ...
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### Proving that 1- and 2-d simple symmetric random walks return to the origin with probability 1

How does one prove that a simple (steps of length $1$ in directions parallel to the axes) symmetric (each possible direction is equally likely) random walk in $1$ or $2$ dimensions returns to the ...
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### Penrose's remark on impossible figures

I'd like to think that I understand symmetry groups. I know what the elements of a symmetry group are - they are transformations that preserve an object or its relevant features - and I know what the ...
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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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### Stuck on a Geometry Problem

$ABCD$ is a square, $E$ is a midpoint of side $BC$, points $F$ and $G$ are on the diagonal $AC$ so that $|AF|=3\ \text{cm}$, $|GC|=4\ \text{cm}$ and $\angle{FEG}=45 ^{\circ}$. Determine the length of ...
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### Why does $\int_1^\sqrt2 \frac{1}{x}\ln\left(\frac{2-2x^2+x^4}{2x-2x^2+x^3}\right)dx$ equal to $0$?

In this question, the OP poses the following definite integral, which just happens to vanish: $$\int_1^\sqrt2 \frac{1}{x}\ln\bigg(\frac{2-2x^2+x^4}{2x-2x^2+x^3}\bigg)dx=0$$ As noticed by one commenter ...
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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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### Why is this definite integral antisymmetric in $s\mapsto s^{-1}$?

I recently happened into the following integral identity, valid for positive $s>0$: $$\int_0^1 \log\left[x^s+(1-x)^{s}\right]\frac{dx}{x}=-\frac{\pi^2}{12}\left(s-\frac{1}{s}\right).$$ The ...
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### Definition of group action

I'm currently taking a class in abstract algebra, and the textbook we are using is Ted Shifrin's Abstract Algebra: A Geometric Approach. In the chapter on group actions and symmetry, he defines a ...
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### slick way of transforming an integral?

The function $$(\alpha,\beta) \mapsto \int_0^\beta \frac{\sin\alpha\,d\zeta}{1+\cos\alpha\cos\zeta}$$ is a symmetric function of $\alpha$ and $\beta$. But I don't know a simpler way to see that ...
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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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### A volume form on the sphere which gives equal areas to all hemispheres is invariant under the antipodal map?

Let $\omega$ be a volume form on $\mathbb{S}^2$ with the property that the induced area (w.r.t $\omega$) of all the hemispheres is the same. Is it true that $\omega$ is invariant under the antipodal ...
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### Symmetries of Mandelbrot sets with integer exponents

I have been experimenting with recursive formulas of the form: $$\forall c \in \mathbb{C} , z_{n+1} = z_{n}^\alpha + c \tag{1}$$ as well as: \forall c \...
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### Has this connection between groups and the symmetries of relations been studied?

Given four distinct points $a,b,c,d$ on a circle, we can (speaking informally) choose in a unique way two pairs separating each other. For example the pairs $a,c$ and $b,d$ separate each other, if ...
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### A characterization of the subgroup of $\text{GL}(\bigwedge^k V)$ which preserves pure tensors?

Let $V$ be a $d$-dimensional real vector space, and let $1<k<d$. Set $$H=\{B\in\text{GL}(\bigwedge^k V) \, | \, B \,\text{ preserves pure tensors }\}$$ (i.e. $B \in H$ if it maps ...
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### A map which commutes with Hodge dual is conformal?

$\newcommand{\Hom}{\operatorname{Hom}}$ $\newcommand{\Cof}{\operatorname{Cof}}$ $\newcommand{\Det}{\operatorname{Det}}$ $\newcommand{\id}{\operatorname{Id}}$ Let $V$ and $W$ be $d$-dimensional, ...
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