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Functions approximated by rolling epicycle curves

Imagine a decreasing sequence of (positive) radii $r_1 > r_2 > r_3 > \cdots$ and a series of nested circles $C_1 \supset C_2 \supset C_3 \supset \cdots$ with these radii, initially each ...
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Hamiltonian cycles and fundamental groups

I'm interested in the interplay between the Hamiltonian cycles of graphs and the compact surfaces they embed in. I was doing some reading on the Lovász conjecture for Cayley graphs, I started noticing ...
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Area of the minimal surface of a non-planar quadrilateral in 3d

Consider a non-planar quadrilateral in three dimensions, i.e. four points $x_1,\dots,x_4$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ that do not lie on a plane and connected by straight lines. Then, by general theory of ...
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What is the relation between hypocycloids and ideals in polynomial rings as alluded to in Arnold's text on teaching mathematics?

While browsing through this site, I came upon the text of Arnold: "On teaching mathematics". http://pauli.uni-muenster.de/~munsteg/arnold.html containing the phrase ... it can be said that a ...
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Kinematics of rolling knots

It is well known that there are trefoil knots without tritangent planes, and with 3d printers one can print these beautiful objects and make them roll on planes. (An ...
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Harmonic map heat flow in positive curvature

Suppose I wish to relax/smooth a map $\phi:M\rightarrow N$ between two surfaces $M,N$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I could try flowing the map using harmonic heat flow, which (as I understand it) is ...
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Bezout Theorem in $\mathbb P^3$

For a $\mathbb C P^2$ is known a result: if through the generic points $p_1,p_2,\dots p_n$ with multiplicities $m_1,m_2\dots, m_n$ correspondingly a degree $d$ curve passes then $d^2\geq ...
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Are there Zoll pancakes?

How flat (flat in pancake-style, not in curvature 0-style), in some extrinsic intuitive measure, can a Zoll surface of revolution (embedded in Euclidean three-space) be? I don't want to impose a ...
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Umbilic points on Euclidean hypersurfaces

Every smooth embedding of $S^2$ into $\mathbb{R}^3$ has at least one umbilic point (in fact, the recent proof of the Caratheodory conjecture yields two such points). The usual proof of this is to use ...
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Intersection patterns of loops on surfaces

Let $a,b$ be to simple closed loops on a surface $S$ with homologically trivial intersection (more generally I'm also interested in the case when $b$ is 1-codimensional). Denote their intersection on ...
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Hypersurface with singularities

I heard once about one open problem. That was about existing a hypersurface of a small degree (5? or 6?) passing through some number (5? 6?) of 3-fold points and 2-fold lines (3 lines?). It was said ...
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Mapping One Curve to another using Dehn Twists

Let $M$ be an orientable surface with genus $g>1$. Let $\alpha$ and $\beta$ represent two different isotopy classes of essential curves on the surface. Is anyone aware of a technique or algorithm ...
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The central fiber of this family of surfaces?

I have a question on a description of a central fiber of the following family of surfaces. Let $B,C \subset \mathbb{P}^2$ be smooth curve of degree $2d$ and $d$ respectively. Let's consider the ...
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What is the analog of “monotonic” for scalar functions on surfaces?

"monotonic" is well defined for functions $f(x)$, where e.g. $x\in[0,1]$ and $f(x)\in\mathbb{R}$. The quality I particularly care about is that if $f(x)$ is monotonic then it will not have any local ...
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decomposition of codim 1 currents

Let $T$ be an codimension one rectifiable mass-minimizing current. If $\partial T\llcorner B_R(a)=0$, then it is possible to write $T$ as an infinite sum of oriented boundaries: $T\llcorner ...
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Largest disk inside a spherical domain

It is known (Pestov-Ionin theorem) that if $k_{max}$ is the maximum curvature of a smooth planar loop $\gamma$, then there is a disk of radius $1/k_{max}$ inside $\gamma$. I wonder is there any ...
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Laplace-Beltrami of the Gauss map

Let $M$ be a surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ given by a regular chart, say $X:M \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$, with its first fundamental form $g$, Gauss map $N$, Gaussian curvature $K$ and mean curvature ...
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Topological/numerical constraints for the existence of more than one pencil

A famous theorem of Castelnuovo and de Franchis tells us that for $S$ a smooth projective complex algebraic surface that for $b \geq 2$, pencils $f : S \to B$ of genus $b :=g(B)$ are in bijective ...
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Symmetry on a sphere

Let $u$ be a smooth function on the sphere $S^2$. Suppose there exists $C>0$ such that for all $R \in SO(3)$, the area of every nonempty connected component of $\{x\in S^2: u(x)> u(Rx)\}$ is at ...
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An isoperimetric type maximization problem with a barrier.

I'm trying to minmize a particular functional which depends on a curve with fixed endpoints which lies below a fixed line in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Here are the details: Let $(r(\theta), \theta)$ be a ...
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Was this particular case of the tube formula known before Weyl and Hotelling?

The tube formula is a really nice result in differential geometry which relates the volume of the tubular neighborhood of a submanifold to its intrinsic geometry. It has been proved by Weyl in 1939 ...
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Is triple point intersection 'generic' in Teichmuller space?

Let $S$ be a hyperbolic surface of finite type and $\alpha,\beta$ be two closed curves. Consider $X$ to be the set of all those points $\chi$ in the Teichmuller space $\mathcal{T}(S)$ of $S$ such that ...
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General reparameterization of a b-spline

Say I have a bspline function (or curve) of order $k_1$, defined over some knot vector $\mathbf{t} = \{ t_i\}_1^{n_1}$, i.e. $$f(x) = \sum_i a^i B_{i,k_1}(x).$$ Do you know of a process of finding ...
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Intersection points of closed curves inscribed in a convex polygon

Suppose that I have two distinct simple closed curves, $C_1$ & $C_2$, and each is inscribed in a convex polygon, D. By inscribed, I mean tangent to each side of D. In particular, I am most ...
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Uniqueness of lifting of very ample line bundle on smooth proper surfaces over DVR

Let $R$ be a complete Henselian discrete valuation ring of characteristic 0, $X_R$ be a surface smooth, proper and flat over $R$. Assume that the residue field $k$ of $R$ is algebraically closed of ...
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Connectivity and contarctibility of complexes associated to curves and arcs

There are various complexes associated to a surface using the curves and arcs e.g. Curve complex, Arc complex, curve arc complex and so on (for a collection of such objects see This). Now to ...
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Embedding a projective curve in a smooth surface (using a Bertini theorem)

Let $C$ be a reduced (not irreducible) projective curve of degree $d$ such that $C$ contains at most double points. By a result due to Kleiman and Altman, we know that there exists a smooth surface ...
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Pull-back of globally generated sheaves

Let $X$ be a smooth projective surface in $\mathbb{P}^3$, $D=\sum_i n_iD_i$ an effective Cartier divisor. Let $C$ be a smooth irreducible curve on $X$. Denote by $i:C \hookrightarrow X$ is the closed ...
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Bonnesen's inequality for non-simple curves

Given a closed curve in the plane $\mathbb{R}^2$, it is well known that $L^2 \geq 4\pi A$ where $L$ is the length of the curve and $A$ is the area of the interior of the curve. For a simple closed ...
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Explicit form of certain polynomials and intersection of curves

Let $X$ be a smooth degree $d$ hypersurface in $\mathbb{P}^3$ and $C, D$ two effective divisors on $X$ intersecting at finitely many points. Is it true that if $C$ and $D$ intersect in ''low'' number ...
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When is the product of curves a complete intersection variety

Let $C$ be a smooth, projective curve over $\mathbb{C}$ of genus $g$. Let $L$ be a globally generated line bundle on $C$ and let $h^0(C,L)=r+1$. Let $\phi_L:C\rightarrow\mathbb{P}^r$ be the morphism ...
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Embedding curves in hypersurfaces

Consider a curve $C$ in $\mathbb{F}_q^m$, say. I am interested in the existence of curves not contained in any small degree hypersurface. For instance, a helix is not contained (or non-embeddable) in ...
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Angle at self-intersection points of a curve in hyperbolic surface

Let $F$ be a hyperbolic surface of finite type. Let $\alpha$ be a closed oriented geodesic with more than one self intersection. Suppose all the self-intersections are double points. Let $\angle_p$ ...
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Positive curvature of the boundary away from a point implies regularity?

In a paper I'm refereeing, the authors make use of the following geometric fact: Let $U$ be an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^2$. If there is a point $p\in \partial U$ so that $\partial U \backslash p$ ...
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“Spreading out” locally free sheaves

Let $Y$ be a regular surface flat, projective over $R$, where $R$ is complete DVR. Let $X$ be the generic fiber and $F$ be a locally free sheaf on $X$. We know that if the rank of $F$ is $1$ then we ...
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Understanding a proof of a lemma in elliptic surfaces

In the following paper , The Kahler-Ricci flow on surfaces of positive Kodaira dimension (Sung and Tian) in page 621, I am trying to understand the proof of part 1 of Lemma 3.4. In the part 1 of ...
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A question on the curvature of smooth and embedded curves in a plane

I am from China. This is my first question in this website. Given a family of embedded, smooth and closed curves $\{X_i(s)\}_{i=1}^\infty$ in a plane, let us denote by $L_i$ the perimeter and ...
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invariance of the dimension of severi varieties of surfaces

Suppose I have a smooth projective surface $S\subset P^n$ embedded by a very ample linear system $|L|$. Consider now the generalized Severi varieties that parametrize curves on $S$ belonging to $|L|$, ...
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Existence of special pants decompositions for non-elementary representations into PSL(2,R)

A Theorem by Gallo, Goldman and Porter states the following: Let $S_g$ be a closed orientable surface of genus $g$ with fundamental group $\Gamma_g$, and fix a non-elementary representation ...
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Approximate a piecewise linear path by a path with bounded curvature

I have a piecewise linear path in two dimensions (with finitely many pieces). I would like to approximate it by a curve whose radius of curvature is bounded away from 0 (i.e. I specify the bound a ...
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Boxing the Rational Box

You surely all know the Perfect Cuboid problem. Here is a bit of pondering on the Euler box (space diagonal doesn't have to be rational). We start with the generators p,q,r and the surface ...