# Questions tagged [stick-knots]

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### Tying knots via gravity-assisted spaceship trajectories

Q.
Can every knot be realized as the trajectory of a spaceship
weaving among a finite number of fixed planets, subject to gravity alone?
To make this more ...

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### Knotted TSP tours in 3D?

In the plane, the Euclidean TSP tour never crosses itself—it is always a simple polygon.
I am wondering if there is a similar constraint for the Euclidean TSP tour
of points in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
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### Can every large point set be connected to a given knot?

Let $K$ be a given knot, and
$P$ a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^3$ in general position,
general position in the sense that no three points are collinear
and no four coplanar.
Define the point-set ...

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### Circle-arc number of a knot

I would like to build knots in $\mathbb{R}^3$ from arcs
of unit-radius (planar) circles, joined together at points where
the tangents match. Thus the knot will have
curvature $1$ at all but the ...

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### Stick knot questions: simple but may not be easy

I have a few questions about nonplanar "stick circuits" (or hexagons and higher $n$-gons) that you might be able to help with:
(I know that $n=6$ is the minimum number of points to form a stick knot.)...

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### Min Bend Orthogonal Knots

I am seeking literature on 3D orthogonal drawings of knots,
especially minimum bend drawings.
An orthogonal drawing employs segments parallel to the axes of
a Cartesian coordinate system.
A bend is a ...

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### Does this knot invariant distinguish trefoil chiralities?

Let $C_N$ denote the labelled configuration of $N^{th}$ roots of unity with $p_J = e^{\frac{2\pi iJ}{N}}$ for $J = 1\ldots N$.
As a corollary of something else I was playing around with, I recently ...

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### Tangled Knot Function

I am seeking a function $f: \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}^3$
that has these properties:
(1) When iterated $n$ times starting from some $p$,
connecting the points in order
with segments and closing ...

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### Efficient topological triangulations of non-convex polyhedra

Does every polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with $n$ triangular facets have a topological triangulation with complexity $O(n)$?
Suppose $P$ is a non-convex polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with $n$ ...

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### Unknotting knots in 4D

Suppose one has a knot $K$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$;
but view $\mathbb{R}^3$ as a 3-flat in $\mathbb{R}^4$.
Of course $K$ is not a knot in $\mathbb{R}^4$.
I am wondering if there has been any study ...

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### What are the statistics of prime knots in 3d Random walk?

This question on physics stackexchange https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/12973/the-entropic-cost-of-tying-knots-in-polymers has a formulation which is perhaps more appropriate for this forum....

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### Random knot on six vertices

This question is inspired by Joseph O'Rourke's beautiful question on random knots. Choose an random ordered 6-tuple of points on the unit sphere in $\mathbf{R}^3$, and form a knot by connecting ...

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### Complexity of random knot with vertices on sphere

Connect $n$ random points on a sphere in a cycle of
segments between succesive points:
I would like to know the growth rate, with respect to $n$, of the crossing ...

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### Which knots' stick numbers are twice their crossing numbers?

Looking at a table of minimum stick numbers for knots (table here),
it seems the known upper bound of $2 c(K)$ in terms of the knot crossing number $c(K)$
is realized by the trefoil $3_1$—it ...

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### Lattice Stick Number vs. Stick Number of Knot

Can the lattice stick number of a knot be bounded
by the stick number of the knot?
The stick number
$S(K)$ of a knot $K$ is the fewest number of segments
needed to realize it by a simple 3D polygon....

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### Are there piecewise-linear unknots that are not metrically unknottable?

A stick knot is a just a piecewise linear knot. We could define "stick isotopy" as isotopy that preserves the length of each linear piece.
Are there stick knots which are topologically trival, but ...