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### In the classical construction of conic sections, where does the axis of the cone intersect the plane?

Everybody knows that if I take the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane, I get a conic section. My question is, where does the symmetry axis of the cone intersect the plane? Does this ...

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### Covering an arbitrary polygon with minimum number of squares

I have a problem whereby, given an arbitrary polyogn with any number of points, I need to cover the whole area by a number of fixed size squares. I can easily find a set of squares which covers the ...

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### Why do I need densities in order to integrate on a non-orientable manifold?

Integration on an orientable differentiable n-manifold is defined using a partition of unity and a global nowhere vanishing n-form called volume form. If the manifold is not orientable, no such form ...

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### Least cardinality of a set of points in the plane

What is the least possible cardinality $K$, of a set S of points in the plane, such that there exists a point P in the plane and an open ball B centered at P, such that for all points X in B, not all ...

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### Manifold with no Finsler structure?

Is there a good example for a smooth manifold to which one cannot give a Finsler structure in any meaningful way? Ideal the example should be of low dimension and not too bizarre.

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### theorems equivalent to the parallel postulate

Is there a good survey article listing all the theorems of Euclidean geometry that are equivalent to the parallel postulate?

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### Minimum solid angle and aspect ratio of an $n$-simplex

In computational geometry and other fields, it is of interest to have degeneracy measures for shapes of simplices, which quantitatively seperate the regular simplex from degenerate simplices.
In two ...

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### Triangles with Congruent Corresponding Sides that Cannot fold into a Tetrahedron

I've been trying to find, without much success, 4 triangles whose corresponding sides are congruent that cannot be folded into a tetrahedron.
Anyone has any clue how to approach this problem?

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### Conformal structure does not see conical singularities

the conformal structure does not see the conical singularities of a polyhedral surface.
This is a quote from the Preface of Quantum Triangulations (eds.: Carfora, Marzuoli).
The sentiment is ...

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### triangle equality in manifold

For a generilized triangle on a manifold, (distance can be regarded as geodesic length)it is well known that for Eucilidean Geometry，the following is true:
Consider a triangle $ABC$, $D$ is the ...

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### Smooth a matrix

I have a matrix in which each element contains the coordinates of a 3D surface. Sometimes, some points will be "out of line" meaning that they will not conform to the general shape. For example you ...

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### Action of Isometries on a Line in the Plane

I'm trying to determine the stabilizer of a line in a plane when acted upon by the group of isometries of the plane. Please note that I'm using the notation found in the Wikipedia article on Euclidean ...

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### The mean number of vertices in small connected components of random geometric graphs

I place $N$ points on a circular plane of radius $R$, and draw edges to connect points that are less than or equal to some distance $D$ to form a set of graphs or cliques $G_i$. As a function of $N$, ...

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### A raceway problem

Let $f(x)=\sin x$, and $g(x)=\sin x + 1$. Consider a set
$S=\{(x,y)| f(x)\leq y \leq g(x), x\in [0,2\pi]\}$. This set $S$ can be considered as "Raceway"
My question is finding the shortest path in $S$...

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### Finding the convex combination of vertices which yields an inner point of a polytope

Given a convex polytope $P\in \mathbb{R}^n$, and a point $x\in P$, Caratheodory's theorem gives us that there exists a set of at most $n+1$ vertices of $P$, such that $x$ is a convex combination of ...

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### Polygons uniquely inducing arrangements

A beautiful, relatively recent result is that,
Every simple arrangement $\cal{A}$ of $n$ lines in the plane is induced by a simple $n$-gon $P$.
In a simple arrangement, every pair of lines ...

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### Ellipsoids and lattices: an enclosure problem.

$E \subset {\mathbb R}^2$ is an ellipse of area $1$ centered at the origin that contains no other point with integer coordinates. Is there a matrix $A \in SL(2,{\mathbb Z})$ such that the ellipse $A(E)...

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### space of geodesics

hallo,
i have the following problem: Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold with metric $g$ and $\nabla$ be the Levi-Civita Connection. Denote by $G(M) =${$\gamma: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow M | \...

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### Can one do without a classifying space when showing vanishing of cohomology

Let $G$ be a discrete group and $A$ an abelian group, then $H^n (G,A)$ can be defined as $$ H^n (G,A) = H^n (B_G, A)$$
Where $B_G$ is the classifying space of $G$, i.e. $B_G = E_G / G$ where $E_G$ is ...

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### absolute continuity on $R^{n}$

I know the definition of absolute continuity if there is a function $f:(a,b)\rightarrow R$.
I wonder what is an analogy of this concept if we have a function $f:A\rightarrow R$, where $A\subset R^{n}$ ...

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### Tangent lines to 2 circles, tangent planes to 3 spheres, and so on.

Although it is known the solution to the first two questions, somebody may have different nice answers, so I include them:
Given two circles in the plane, there is (at least) a line which is tangent ...

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### Ratio of circumscribed/inscribed $(n{-}1)$-gons

As a discrete analog of the MO question,
"Löwner-John Ellipsoid: incribed and circumscribed,"
I've been wondering what might be the maximum ratio
of this quantity?
Let $P$ be a convex polygon of $n$ ...

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### projective camera: back-projecting a point on the image plane into 3-space

suppose I got a projective camera model. for this model I would like to back-project a ray through a point in the image plane. I know that the equation for this is the following:
$$
y(\lambda) = P^+_0 ...

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### Local minimum from directional derivatives in the space of convex bodies

I have a function $f(K)$ defined on the space of three-dimensional convex bodies for which I want to show that the unit ball $B$ is a local minimum. I have been able to show if $K$ is not homothetic ...

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### Bending an elastic, inextensible sheet of paper into a teardrop shape

I take an rectangular sheet of paper, of height $H$ and Young's Modulus $E$, and in the absence of gravity, I bend it into a "teardrop" shape so that the edges along the top and bottom touch only ...

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### Applications of k-medians with moment constraints

Suppose I have a collection of points $p_1,\dots,p_N$ in the plane. In the Euclidean $k$-medians (or $k$-means) problems, our objective is to distribute a set of $k$ points $x_1,\dots,x_k$ in the ...

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### The “grassmannian” of a simplicial complex

This question is mainly a reference request – I have a construction which seems natural, so I am quite convinced it should be standard, but I don't know what it is called.
Take an $n$ dimensional ...

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### Proving that an optimal solution “converges”

This question is a follow-up on a previous question I asked at:
Distances between and among points in a region
Let $X = x_1,\dots,x_n$ denote a finite set of $n$ points in the unit circle $C$ in the ...

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### Shortest distance along the surface of the hyperboloid [closed]

Given two points A and B on the surface of the hyperboloid x^2+y^2-z^2=1. How to find the shortest distance between them along the surface?

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### Reference for a dual isoperimetric problem and solution

I am trying to track down the first published solution to the following problem:
What curves within the unit disc in the plane and endpoints on the unit circle, minimize their length (within the ball)...

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### Fitting a mesh to a density function

Suppose I have a probability density function defined on a region in the plane (in my case, the pdf is of the form $f(x) = \alpha\|x\|^{-\beta}$, and the region is the unit disk). For large $N$, is ...

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### Original proof of Pappus' Hexagon Theorem

Does anyone know where I can find an english translation, preferrably online or in a book the library of a small liberal arts college would be likely to have, of the original proof of Pappus' hexagon ...

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### degenerating surface II

In degenerating surface, Robert Bryant give us an example of a sequence of minimal immersions which converges (in $C^2$- topology) to $z\mapsto z^{2k+1}$ on the unit disc $\mathbb{D}$. My question is ...

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### Good Surface,Bad Surface-Surface classification

Maybe this question be very simple, but I don't know why it is hard for me. Thanks for any guide and help.
We say a surface $S$ (2-dimensional metric(compact) Riemannian surface) is good (denote by $...

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### Periodic lightray paths trapped between two nested mirror circles

I wonder if the periodic paths of a lightray trapped between two nonconcentric circles,
each perfectly reflecting, are known?
The behavior of such rays seems chaotically complicated. For example, ...

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### Program for drawing cobordisms [closed]

Perhaps this is not the right place to ask the following question but I did not find any suitable on the web. So I would be very grateful for sharing your experience.
What is a good program to draw ...

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### Selecting two random points inside a sphere which are a fixed distance apart

Without appealing to a guess-and-check approach, how might I select a pair of random points inside of a sphere of radius $R$ s.t. the points always a distance $d \leq R$ apart? Can the selected ...

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### Minimum distance between two data sets

Suppose we have two sets of data, $X$ and $Y$, each of which contains
$10$ positive numbers. Now let us order the data sets $X=\left\{ x_{1},\cdots,x_{10}\right\}$,
$x_{1}\ge\cdots\ge x_{10}>0$ and ...

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### Why are isometries of Minkowski space necessarily linear?

The Mazur-Ulam theorem says that any surjective isometry of normed vector spaces is affine. This argument doesn't seem to apply to Minkowski space (of special relativity) since the metric is ...

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### Best fit circles inside a square based on side of the square [closed]

Hi,
How to calculate number of circles in side a square, if we know the side of the square and the circles all are equal size.
Thanks.

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### existence of fractal [closed]

I have a question about fractals;
Suppose $\alpha\in[0,1]$ is real number, is there any fractal $F_\alpha$, such that $Dimension(F_\alpha)=\alpha$?
If yes, do we have any method to construct such ...

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### Minimum distance to a sampled point with given pdf

Let $f(x)>0$ be a probability density function defined on the unit square $[0,1]^2$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Suppose that we take $N$ independent samples, $X_1,\dots,X_N$, of $f$. Now, sample a point $...

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### Placing points on a sphere so that no 3 lie close to the same plane

Motivation
I am working with arbitrary parallelopiped tilings given by projection from a higher dimensional space. The collection of tiles, and some properties of the higher dimensional space are ...

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### A set of points congruent to its proper subset

There are sets of points in $\mathbb{R}^n$ congruent to their own proper subsets. A (trivial) example is a ray, or to give a more interesting bounded example, $\{e^{i \cdot n} \mid n\in\mathbb{N}\}$. ...

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### Maximum thickness of three linked Euclidean solid tori

Consider three circles of radius 1 in $\mathbb{R}^3$, linked with each other in the same arrangement as three fibers of the Hopf fibration. Now thicken the circles up into non-overlapping standard ...

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### is a group $G$, that admits finite $k(G, 1)$ and has no Baumslag-Solitar subgroups, necessarily hyperbolic?

This is the first question asked in Bestvina's article "Questions in Geometric Group Theory". Does anyone know if there has been any progress made on this problem? Is the question answered if $G$ is ...

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### Configuration space of points in Euclidean Space with fixed distances

What can we say about the configuration space of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^{m}$ with fixed distances between the points ?
e.g. for 2 points in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ with fixed distance between them,the ...

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### Probing a manifold with geodesics

Supposed you stand at a point $p \in M$ on a smooth 2-manifold $M$
embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
You do not know anything about $M$.
You shoot off a geodesic $\gamma$ in some direction $u$,
and learn ...

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### When is the conical hull of a finite set of vectors a subset of the space? (and tilings)

Consider a hypercube in n-dimensions, and take some projection down to an m-dimensional subspace. Now take all vertices and m-1 dimensional facets visible from some direction outside the projection. ...

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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 ...