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Isomorphic but non-conjugate subgroups of $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$ ?

I've been asked some questions by a friend interested in crystallography, and the following questions (I'm not an expert) came spontaneous to me: 1) Are there two finite subgroups ...
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What is the correct preposition? (And is there one?)

I just stumbled upon a linguistic problem I wasn't able to resolve via web search. Suppose we're given some geometric set $A$ and subset $B\subset A$. Isn't there a compact way of saying that there ...
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Inequality involving the side lengths of a quadrilateral

If $a$, $b$, $c$ and $d$ are the four sides of a quadrilateral, the problem is to show that $ab^2(b-c)+bc^2(c-d)+cd^2(d-a)+da^2(a-b)\ge 0$. I've verified it to be true for quite a large number of ...
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In which geometries do triangles have an Euler line?

In Euclidean geometry, the centroid, orthocenter and circumcenter of a triangle lie on a line. In which other geometries does this hold?
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Focus of parabola using only a ruler

It is an easy exercise that using ruler and compass one find the focus of a given parabola. Can one do the same using only a ruler? -- if not, why?
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Equidissection of square [duplicate]

Monsky's Theorem states: One cannot dissect a square into an uneven number of triangles with equal area. I was wondering how close one could get to a equidissection, i.e. For $n$ an uneven ...
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The Eyeball Theorem generalized

I have not seen the 2D Eyeball Theorem—that tangents from the centers of two circles, each encompassing the other, intersect each circle in the same segment length—generalized to higher ...
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Measuring the Randomness and Statistics of Convex Polygons

How can I tell, how likely it is, that a given convex polygon with a sufficiently high number of edges is random and, if so, what kind of randomness it is (e.g. white noise)? What is known about ...
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Applications of n-dimensional crystallographic groups

I would like to know what are the applications of the theory of $n$-dimensional crystallographic groups (aka space groups) 1) in mathematics 2) outside of mathematics, besides the applications to ...
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ten concurrent lines

this relates to a question asked at MSE. i was able to find an answer using complex numbers. here is the question: there are five points on a circle. take any three points, through the centroid of ...
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Origami Constructions: Intersecting two Circles

It is well known that every construction that can be performed with compass and straightedge alone can also be performed using origami, see: R. Geretschlager. Euclidean Constructions and the Geometry ...
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How can we join two points with a small ruler? [closed]

We want to join by a line two distinct points $A$ and $B$. We have only a ruler of length $l>0$ and a pen. If $AB>l$ how can we do this? Imagine a method that works when $AB$ is really huge and ...
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How large can you draw an island on a map?

A cartographer friend asked me this question: could you classify (shapes of) islands by how much space they occupy on a map (comparatively to how much space is occupied by water) if you draw them as ...
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Calculating the “Belvedere Hull” of a Simple Planar Polygon

As an informal motivation the problem, imagine a tower with polygonal footprint, that is located in a beautiful landscape, the "Belvedere Hull" is then related to the directions, in which one would ...
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Term for “uncheckable constructions”

Is there a term for "uncheckable geometric constructions"? Say, Angle Trisection and Doubling the Cube are checkable; i.e., if the answer is given one can do finite Compass-and-straightedge ...
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Dubins car shortest paths: Decidable?

A Dubins car follows a Dubins path in $\mathbb{R}^2$, with constant wheel speed and limited turning radius. It is known that the shortest Dubins path in the absence of obstacles follows circular arcs ...
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Three-dimensional Apollonian spirals

Given mutually (externally) tangent spheres $S_1$, $S_2$, $S_3$, $S_4$, let $S_n$ be the unique sphere externally tangent to $S_{n-1}$, $S_{n-2}$, $S_{n-3}$, and $S_{n-4}$ for $n \geq 5$. Let ...
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Inside-out polygonal dissections

A dissection of a polygon $P$ is a partition of $P$ into a finite number of pieces, which can then be rearranged (via planar translations and rotations) and joined (without overlap) to form a new ...
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Generalized Hlawka inequality

Let $E$ be a vector space over the real (the complex case is interesting too). We consider functions $f:E\rightarrow\mathbb R$ which satisfy the homogeneity property $$f(\lambda x)=|\lambda|\,f(x).$$ ...
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Are angles between points enough to decide the realizability?

Let n points in the plane be given whose coordinates we don't know. Assume, however, that for any triple of the points we know the angle. Question: Can we decide whether the n points are realizable ...
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What can be said of the structure of a metric space without isosceles triangles?

This is a question that has been bothering me in the back of my head for quite some time. Suppose we have a metric space $X$ with metric $\mathrm{d}$. By an isosceles triangle we mean a tuple of ...
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Existence of half-planes with respect to regular open sets of the Euclidean plane

I initially asked this question at math.stackexchange.com but there was no reaction, so I thought this may be a good idea to transfer it to mathoverflow.net Let ...
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Tetrahedra with prescribed face angles

I am looking for an analogue for the following 2 dimensional fact: Given 3 angles $\alpha,\beta,\gamma\in (0;\pi)$ there is always a triangle with these prescribed angles. It is ...
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Finding a minimum bounding sphere for a frustum

I have a frustum (truncated pyramid defined by six planes) and I need to compute a bounding sphere for this frustum that's as small as possible. I can choose the centre of the sphere to be right in ...
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Malfatti Circles - Limiting point

"Three circles packed inside a triangle such that each is tangent to the other two and to two sides of the triangle are known as Malfatti circles" (for a brief historical account on this topic, see ...
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How to compute the average distance till intersection within a triangle in R^2?

Lots of simple questions because I am a noob. You are given 3 points in R^2; A, B, C forming a triangle with area > 0. You pick an arbitrary point inside ABC and an arbitrary direction. After some ...
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Random non-intersecting circles in the plane

If I give a finite region of $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ and place $k$ circles of radius $r(k)$ uniformly at random inside, are there any known results for the probability that the circles do not overlap? ...
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Containing a “fuzzy” ellipsoid within an ordinary ellipsoid

Consider the ellipsoid described by the inequality $(x - x_c)^T P^{-1} (x - x_c) \leq 1$, where the vector $x_c \in \mathbb{R}^n$ denotes the center of the ellipsoid and the symmetric positive ...
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How to find the Fermat Point using the construction of the tangent to ellipse?

Be done the triangle ABC, it is known the method to finding the point Q that minimises the sum QA+QB+QC among all points Q in the plane (The Fermat point). I want a hint for solving this problem using ...
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Side-Angle-Side Congruence and the Parallel Postulate

Is there a link between the side-angle-side congruence of triangles and the parallel postulate? Specifically, does it follow from Euclid's first four axioms alone? In fact, does it even follow from ...
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Maximum number of general-position points with mutual rational distances?

Richard Guy has shown that there are six points in the plane—no three collinear, no four cocircular—such that all interpoint distances are rational. Guy, Richard. Unsolved Problems in ...
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Historical question re: ellipses obtained by certain geometrical constructions

I am a faculty member in the Forensic Science Program at PennState (UP). I am trying to obtain information of a historical nature concerning two closely related topics. I seek historical references ...
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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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Metrics for lines in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

I seek a metric $d(\cdot,\cdot)$ between pairs of (infinite) lines in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let $s$ be the minimum distance between a pair of lines $L_1$ and $L_2$. Ideally, I would like these properties: ...
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Geometric proof of the Vandermonde determinant?

The Vandermonde matrix is the $n\times n$ matrix whose $(i,j)$-th component is $x_j^{i-1}$, where the $x_j$ are indeterminates. It is well known that the determinant of this matrix is $$\prod_{1\leq ...
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Hexagon Formed by connecting Trisections of triangle sides [closed]

Is there a theorem for the area of the hexagon formed by connecting the points formed when the sides of a triangle are trisected? It appears that the ratio of the area of the triangle to the area of ...
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Tools for Removing Radicals from Equations

I am currently doing some investigations on Sylvester's 4 Point Problem Probability of 4 Points being in Convex Configuration and repeatedly face the problem of solving equations between sums of ...
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On maximal regular polyhedra inscribed in a regular polyhedron

Let T, C, O, D, or I be regular tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron, respectively. Suppose that the outer polyhedron have edge-length 1. For example, it's easy to prove that ...
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A conjecture about cross sections of a pyramid [closed]

Show that for $n\ge 5$, a cross-section of a pyramid whose base is a regular $n$-gon cannot be a regular $(n + 1)$-gon. This is a conjecture I came across while trying to solve this problem. I was ...
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Angle of a regular simplex

I find the following question embarrassing, but I have not been able to either resolve it, or to find a reference. What is the vertex angle of a regular $n$-simplex? Background: For a vertex $v$ ...
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Continuity of minimizers to distance function from point to convex set

Suppose I am minimizing the Euclidean distance in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ between a point $y$ and compact convex set $U$ (where $y\notin U$): $\min_{x\in U}\|x-y\|$. I believe the minimizer $x_{U}^{*}$ is ...
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Conditions for a parametric curve to avoid self-intersection?

Suppose a planar curve $C$ is defined by parametric equations in $t$: $x(t)$ and $y(t)$. Are there conditions on these two functions that guarantee that $C$ does not self-intersect? For example, the ...
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Generalising Euler's formula to ellipses and three dimensions

Let $D$ be the closed unit disk, $T$ a triangle and $E$ an ellipse with $E\subset T \subset D$. Without loss of generality say that $E$ is centred at Cartesian coordinates $(c, 0)$ with $0\leq c \leq ...
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Probability of 4 Points being in Convex Configuration

Background of my question is, that I would like to implement a parallel preprocessing for a constructing the convex hull of very huge number of points in the euclidean plane; the idea is to process ...
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Reference request: a differential equation in elementary geometry

15 hours and four up-votes but not a word from anybody. That's the result of this question to stackexchange. My question is where the following differential equation arises naturally and where it ...
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spiral of Theodorus

A long time ago when I was in college I read about making a spiral out of right triangles with sides 1 and $\sqrt{N}$. (A google search seems to indicate that this is called the Spiral of Theodorus.) ...
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Quadrilateral from 4 random points

Given 4 random points in 2D, how do I compute the area of the quadrilateral formed by the points? I'm aware of formulae giving the area when I know the sides a,b,c,d and the diagonals p & q. But ...
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Points contained in a disk [closed]

I have a question, but not sure how to prove this. We are given $n$ points in the Euclidean plane such that there exists no disk of radius $a$ which contains all of the points. Conjecture: There ...
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Neusis constructions

Is there some simple description of which complex numbers are "constructible" with straightedge and compass and neusis? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructible_number and ...
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Approximation of a convex body by a contained polytope

This question deals with approximating a convex body (a compact convex set of $\mathbb{R}^d$ with non-empty interior) by convex polytopes. For a given $\delta$, let $n_\delta$ be the number of faces ...