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Surface curves equidistant from a simple closed geodesic

Let $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$, let's say (to keep it simple) of genus zero. Let $\gamma$ be a simple, closed, oriented geodesic on $S$. Because $\gamma$ is ...
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Reconstruct a curve from its curvature and torsion [migrated]

Given two smooth functions $k(s)$ and $\tau(s)$, how can we construct a curve in $R^3$ that its curvature is $k$ and torsion is $\tau$? Is there any conditions that $k$ and $\tau$ must satisfy as the ...
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How useful/pervasive are differential forms in surface theory?

Every year I teach an introductory class on the differential geometry of surfaces, including numerical aspects (e.g., how to solve PDEs on surfaces). Historically this class has included an ...
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What is the analog of the “Fundamental Theorem of Space Curves,” for surfaces, and beyond?

The "Fundamental Theorem of Space Curves" (Wikipedia link; MathWorld link) states that there is a unique (up to congruence) curve in space that simultaneously realizes given continuous curvature ...
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Bitangent locus of torus knots

Anyone know how to compute the bitangent locus of a space curve, e.g. a torus knot (pick whatever parametrization you like)? Specifically, what is the set of normal vectors (in the two-sphere) of ...
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On discrete version of curve shortening flow

One can define an analogous version of the curve shortening flow for polygons in $\mathbb R^2$, namely defined by the differential equation $\dot{p_i}(t)=\frac{v_i(t)}{|v_i(t)|^2}$, where $p_i$ is the ...
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Geodesics on the twisted pseudosphere (Dini's surface)

I wonder how difficult it is to compute geodesics on Dini's Surface, a twisted pseudosphere? Here is one parametrization, from Alfred Gray's Modern Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, ...
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winding number for outer-pointing normal

While trying to characterize the complexity of a closed differentiable curve (for a path planning application), I've been using a notion which is similar in spirit to the winding number of a curve. ...
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Characterization of convex space curve

In general, a smooth curve $C$ in $R^3$ that lies entirely on the boundary of its convex hull, $\mathcal{H}(C)$, is defined to be convex. Does any one know of a characterization of a curve in space ...
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Surface in 3D that realizes all pairs of principal curvatures

This is a question that Willie Wong raised in comments after he answered my question, Surface analog of clothoid: curvatures covering $\mathbb{R}^3$. Willie's question is more interesting (and ...
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Surface analog of clothoid: curvatures covering $\mathbb{R}$

The clothoid $C$, a.k.a. the Euler spiral, is one among many curves with the property that its curvatures cover $\mathbb{R}$ in the sense that, for every $x \in \mathbb{R}$, there is a point $p \in C$ ...
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On closed simple curve with curvature at most 1

I am looking for the reference to the following theorem. I have to apply a similar statement, and it would be nice to trace the source. Please note, I know few proofs in fact it is Problem 3 in my ...
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Surfaces in $\mathbb R^3$ with negative curvature bounded away from zero

Is there a surface in $\mathbb R^3$ which is a closed subset and whose curvature is negative and bounded away from zero? And the small-print... By surface I mean smooth surface without ...
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Generalization of Vogt's Theorem for curves in higher dimension

The Vogt's theorem for plane curves states that if A and B are endpoints of a spiral arc, the curvature nondecreasing from A to B. The angle $\beta$ of the tangent to the arc at B with the chord AB ...
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curvature of curves in the space of gaussians measures

I have a sequence of symmetric positive definite matrices in $GL(n)$ (in my case, covariance matrices of some gaussians) and vectors $R^n$ (the mean of these gaussians). I consider this sequence to be ...
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Generalization of an inequality due to Gage for curve shortening Part II

I asked a question recently about generalizing an inequality due to Gage. This inequality asserts that given a convex domain $\Omega$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$ with support function $p(X) = \langle X, \nu ...
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Quermassintegrals as mean curvature integrals

It is well-known that the quermassintegrals $W_{i}$ of a convex body $K\subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ can be written as a mean curvature integral $$ W_{i}(K)=n^{-1}\int_{\partial K}H_{i-1} ...
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Generalization of an inequality due to Gage for curve shortening

There is a well known inequality due to Gage which asserts the following. Let $\Omega$ be a smooth, convex set in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and let $p = \langle X, \nu \rangle$ be the support function of ...
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1answer
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Minimal surface as varities

Minimal surface equation is the following: $$(1+ \phi_t^2) \phi_{xx} - 2 \phi_x \phi_t \phi_{xt} + (1 + \phi_x^2) \phi_{tt} =0$$ Solution of this equation $\phi(x,t)$ is minimal surface(non ...
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Geometric meaning of derivatives of the curvature

Let $\Gamma$ be a sufficiently smooth, closed, convex curve in the plane parametrized by arclength $s$. Further assume that $\kappa>0$ and that the second derivative of $\kappa$ with respect to $s$ ...
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Minimizing geodesic on a convex surface

Let $\Sigma$ be a smooth convex surface in Euclidean 3-space and $\gamma$ be a unit speed minimizing geodesic in $\Sigma$. Assume that for some $a < b < c$, we have ...
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Gaussian curvature radius

In the paper Surface sampling and the intrinsic Voronoi diagram (2008), Ramsay Dyer defines the Gaussian curvature radius at a point $x$ of a surface $S$ to be $\rho_K(x) = 1/\sqrt{K(x)}$ where ...
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What is the best way explain to undergraduates that all 1-dimensional manifolds are orientable?

Let's suppose that $M$ is a connected $1$-dimensional smooth manifold (Haussdorf and paracompact). We know that there are exactly two types, up to diffeomorphism (even up to homeomorphism), namely ...
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Walking around Santa Cruz, track around the soccer field

I was recently walking around the track at UCSC, and I noticed that the track didn't always curve inward. Sometimes it curved the other way. Compare this (A convex track): ...