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what-if.xkcd.com: stabbing (simply connected) regions on the 2-sphere with few geodesics

In the latest what-if Randall Munroe ask for the smallest number of geodesics that intersect all regions of a map. The following shows that five paths of satellites suffice to cover the 50 states of ...
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Dropping altitudes to achieve nonobtuse planar triangulations: finite or infinite?

Given a planar triangulation of (say) a convex region, imagine the following process to convert it to a triangulation with no obtuse angles: Pick an arbitrary obtuse angle at vertex $a$ of ...
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Maximum possible number of similar three-colored triangles

I want to maximize the number of similar triangles with vertices from three fixed sets, one vertex from each set. For example, if you fix two points $X$, $Y$ (i.e. two sets with only one member), then ...
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Light inside a polyhedron

I have two questions the same as Mostafa's Question: Visibility of vertices in polyhedra Suppose $P$ is a closed polyhedron in space (i.e. a union of polygons which is homeomorphic to $S^2$) and $X$ ...
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Visibility of vertices in polyhedra

Suppose $P$ is a closed polyhedron in space (i.e. a union of polygons which is homeomorphic to $S^2$) and $X$ is an interior point of $P$. Is it true that $X$ can see at least one vertex of $P$? More ...
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What is the projective dual of a planar graph?

Everybody learns the usual definition of the dual of a planar graph when edges are preserved and faces are mapped to vertices. Everybody learns the projective duality. What if we apply it to a ...
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Generalized Sphere Kissing Problem

I am currently researching discrete geometry and I am in need of an upper bound on a generalized kissing number in 3-dimensions dependent upon a parameter $\eta$ which is the radii of spheres touching ...
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On 'Very Movable' Geometric Configurations (Configurations with a large degree of freedom)

Let $C$ be an $(n_r, b_k)$ combinatorial configuration that admits a geometric realization in the plane. I'm interested in the maximum number of points/lines $M$ of $C$ we can place in general ...
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Regular lattice polygons

Suppose I want to construct an $N$-gon in the plane whose vertices are integer lattice points, and which is close to a regular $N$-gon (which means, the ratio of longest to the shortest side is within ...
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Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose angles between edges are rational multiples of $\pi$?

After reading these very interesting questions, I came up with another one: Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose angles between all pairs of edges meeting ...
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Constructing a polyhedron of maximal possible volume from given bounds on areas of its faces

Consider $n$ variables $a_1,...,a_n$ ranging over $\mathbb{R}^+$. Suppose we are given $n$ pairs of positive rational numbers $(p_1,q_1),...,(p_n,q_n)$ where each pair imposes bounds on the ...
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Sphere - Symmetry and Triangulation [closed]

The sphere is symmetric with respect to any rotation. However, it loses this property as soon as it is triangulated. Are there sequences of triangulations that possess particular large symmetry groups ...
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Largest convex hull of a unit length path

What is the largest area possible for the convex hull of a path of unit length lying on a plane? For what paths is that largest area attained?
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Partitioning the Projective Plane

Throughout this post, by projective plane I mean the set of all lines through the origin in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Side Note: If there are more standard definitions for any of the ideas presented here, ...
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Three questions concerning lattice points on sphere surfaces

Pardon my ignorance of this topic. Q1. In which dimensions $d$ is it the case that, for every natural number $n$, there exists a sphere having exactly $n$ lattice points on it ...
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Problems similar to Borsuk’s Theorem in the plane

Consider a 2-dimensional Borsuk's theorem: Every bounded set $S$ in the plane can be partitioned into three parts with diameter smaller than the diameter of $S$. I wonder if there are any ...
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Which values can attain the minimum solid angle in a simplex

Given a simplex $S$ with a vertex $v$ by the solid angle at this vertex I mean the value $\hbox{vol}(B \cap S)/\hbox{vol}(B)$ where $B$ is a small enough ball centered at $v$ (for example, in the ...
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Integer lattice points on a hypersphere

Is the following statement true? For every integer $n\ge2$ and every integer $k\ge0$ there exists a hypersphere in $\mathbb{R}^n$ (circle, sphere etc) containing exactly $k$ integer lattice ...
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Maximum number of Vertices of Hypercube covered by Ball of radius R

Let $R>0$ be given and let $H^n$ be the unit hypercube in $\mathbb{R}^n$. The problem I am facing is to find the maximum number of vertices of $H^n$ which can be covered by a closed $n$-dimensional ...
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Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose all faces have rational areas?

Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose faces all have rational areas? Does every convex polyhedron have a combinatorially isomorphic counterpart whose edges ...
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What is the smallest number of subsets in such a subdivision?

Given any $30$ points in the plane, what is the smallest number of subsets in a subdivision of the set of $30$ points into subsets such that all the points in each subset are on the boundary of the ...
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Point sets in Euclidean space with a small number of distinct distances

It is well known and not hard to prove that the regular simplex in n-dimensions is the only way to place n+1 points so that the distance between distinct pairs of points is always the same. My general ...
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Intersection of pencils in $\mathcal{R}^2$

Consider $9n$ pencils through non-collinear points $p_1, \ldots , p_{9n}$ in $R^2$ each consisting of at most $n$ concurrent lines. Define the intersection $S$ of these pencils to be the set of points ...
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Voronoi cell of lattices with the same profile

Definition 1. Given a body $V$ in $\mathbb R^n$, the function $p_V\colon \mathbb R_+\to \mathbb R_+$ $$p_V(r)=\mathop{\rm vol} [V\cap B_r(0)]$$ will be called profile of $V$. Definition 2. Define ...
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Large subgroups of the Hamming cube

Let's consider the abelian group $\mathbb{Z}^N_2$ equipped with the Hamming metric (the hypercube). Suppose I have a subgroup of this hypercube (not necessarily a subcube) which is generated by a set ...
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Representation of vectors in $\mathbb{R}^2$ via differences of small vectors.

Is the following fact true? Let $v_1,\ldots, v_k \in \mathbb{R}^2$, $\|v_i\|\leq 1$, be vectors that add up to zero. Does there exist a permutation $\sigma\in S_k$ and vectors $w_1,\ldots, w_k ...
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Is the ratio Perimeter/Area for a finite union of unit squares at most 4?

Update: As I have just learned, this is called Keleti's perimeter area conjecture. Prove that if H is the union of a finite number of unit squares in the plane, then the ratio of the perimeter and ...