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Computing Gaussian curvature

Can Gaussian curvature $K$ be computed from WolframAlpha or any other available Mathematica program? Please indicate the program or its reference. If input ...
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Constructing a list of Cartesian coordinates of the Icosahedron

I’m learning Mathematica and I need the coordinates of the Icosahedron vertices. This is my attempt at writing a program for it. The vertex coordinates are simply all cyclic permutations and ...
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Controlling PointSize in a RegionPlot

I have a "named" point in Mathematica 10 and am plotting it like this using RegionPlot: ...
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Labeling named point in Mathematica 10 [closed]

I have a "named" point in Mathematica 10 defined like this: point["camp location"] = Point[{latitude, longitude}]; I assume there is some way to make the name of ...
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How to construct new geometrical shapes in Mathematica?

In this question of mine I asked for how to implement a 2D random walk within a bounded area. In the provided solution one can use Rectangle[{-10, -10}, {10, 10}] ...
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Fitting ellipse to 5 given points on the plane

Five points are required to define a unique ellipse. An ellipse has five degrees of freedom: the $x$ and $y$ coordinates of each focus, and the sum of the distance from each focus to a point on the ...
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Finding the surface area of a 3D convex hull

I have noted several instances here and here where ConvexHullMesh, introduced in v10 has been used to greatly simplify some geometry problems. Determining the ...
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Finding length of intersection of two surfaces

I would like to know how we find the length of the intersection of two surfaces. For instance, in the following example,a surface intersects with a plane: How do we find the length of intersection ...
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DelaunayTriangulation in Mathematica V 7.01.0 [duplicate]

I have a list of 2D point coordinates in the form of {...,{xi,yi},...} and want to make a triangular mesh for it. By using DelaunayTriangulate function in Mathematica V7, it gives me something that ...
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To inscribe a circle in a given triangle

I am trying to to inscribe a circle in a given triangle but it isn't working. I've used GeoGebra with this construction and worked but as I'm new to Mathematica I am missing something. It can't be so ...
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Proving the hairy ball theorem using xAct

I would like to formally prove the hairy ball theorem in Mathematica, initially just for $S^2$, and then see about generalizing. An approach I thought about to use the xAct package to define $S^2$ ...
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2D random walk within a bounded area

I want to simulate a random walk on two dimension in a bounded area such as a square or circle. I am thinking of using If statement to define a boundary. Is there a ...
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Is it necessary to introduce ImplicitRegion and ParametricRegion in version 10?

In version 10.0, Mathematica introduced a new function about region plotting: ImplicitRegion. But I'm wondered that haven't this function been already existed in the older version? That is, ...
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xCoba: evaluate tensor quantities, given an explicit metric [closed]

I am new to xAct packages and I'm having some problems to compute tensor quantities with xCoba. I defined a manifold and a metric. I computed All quantities of ...
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How to generate nonperiodic tilings?

I need to generate nonperiodic tilings which are similar to the attached figure (kite-domino tiling). I was thinking the code is similar to the code for the Penrose tiling. However, that code is too ...
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Construct a function that can generate a geometry by extruding a section

Toady I want to construct a geometry shown as below: I know the Mathematica has the functions like Cylinder, Sphere and so ...
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Generating and plotting hypocycloids [closed]

Hypocycloids are curves generated by following a fixed point on a smaller circle rolling around the inside of a larger circle. The following code is from the recent book of P. Wellin (with modified ...
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VoronoiMesh for 3D points

I believe that this is a doc error in V10 (this was programmed to be but not implemented). The new VoronoiMesh should work for 3D set of points. The ...
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Death of parallel sub-kernels

EDIT : Finally, the new Mathematica 10.0 seems to fix it. I have a little parallelization problem. I wrote a code to generate a quasicrystal by dynamical generation. Here the code: ...
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Symbolic Output after numerical computation

I have a small question about the symbolic output. I started to write a program that generates the coordinates of n-dimensional polytopes by Wythoff construction. For crystallographic groups, all is ...
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Find intersection of pairs of straight lines

I have a list of 24 points, in which two consecutive points (1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, …) are supposed to form a line: ...
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how to find iso-cost contours on a 2d plot efficiently

Consider a 2D plot in which dimension 1 and 2 represent quantity 1 and 2 respectively ranging over 0 to 100. Each point in the space corresponding to (x,y) represent cost of choosing quantity 1 as x ...
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How to map vertex points from the surface of a straight pipe onto 2D plane

How to map vertex points from the surface of a straight pipe onto 2D plane. The 3D surface points of the straight pipe can be found here: data Working code: ...
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Generate a set of 3D coordinates subject to constraints

Generating a set of random 3D coordinates is ok, e.g. ...
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Rebuild a polygon so it doesn't self intersect [duplicate]

If you consider the following Polygon: ...
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Height average between 4 points

I have a $3D$ space, if I had a square in this space: square = {{ 0, 0, 100}, { 100, 100, 50}, { 0, 100, 22}, { 100, 0, 86}}; how could I get the average height ...
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Distribution of 10 points within a unit square

Related to some packing problems, following problem arose: Distribute 10 points within a square of sides 1, so that minimal distance between them is maximized. With the help of random simulation, or ...
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Distance between two line segments in 3-space

I need to compute the distance between two line segments in a project. After googling, I found this algorithm and used it to implement a Mathematica version: ...
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Creating sculptural forms using graphics primitives

This is a question based on this answer by halirutan. Some amazing images can be created with this code, and I was wondering whether it was possible to extend the principle to different shapes. I ...
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Intersection of surface with parallel planes

Consider the code (adapted from here) ...
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Area of a convex polygon with a set of points [duplicate]

I have a set of points Pts[a_,b_,c_]:={{a, b}, {b, a}, {c, a}, {a, c}, {b, c}, {c, b}} which define a convex polygon and I would like to find its area. There is ...
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Choosing $n$ equidistant points on a circle with given radius and center

I would like to have a function circle which takes two inputs: a tuple {x,y} and a real number ...
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How to get the dimensions of a rectangle?

Suppose I create a Rectangle of dimensions 1 and 3. Is there any function in Mathematica that I can use to recover the dimensions of the original rectangle? If there is no such a function, is there a ...
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Visualising Special Relativity

Mathematica newbie learning by doing (or not so far, in this case). Problem: Special Relativity - consider two inertial frames $A$ & $A'$ in relative motion. At a time $t0$ as measured in $S$, ...
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Extract coefficients of differential form in package RGTC

I am using the Package RGTC to do some calculations in Supergravity. It allows to define differential forms after specifying a co-frame. I am working in with the 10d coordinates ...
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Counting and extracting hit circles/triangles for randomly chosen points

Below, you see a triangle in which the incircle was inscribed. As we know, the center of this circle is the intersection of the angle bisectors. At this point, one could go further and find the ...
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Plot in a 2-dimensional simplex

I have a row vector as $P=(p_1,p_2,p_3)$ which should be obtained from the following constraints: $a_1p_1 + a_2p_2 + a_3p_3 = b_1p_1 + b_2p_2 + b_3p_3$ ($a_i$'s and $b_i$'s are known) $p_1 + p_2 + ...
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How to plot ternary density plots?

How can I get a ternary density plot just like the plots from OriginLab? ContourPlot and DensityPlot seemingly can accept the ...
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Return “true” if point is in Convex Hull [duplicate]

I have a set of points Z: Z = {{x1,y1},{x2,y2},..,} I would like to obtain a function that returns ...
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Plot a cone in spherical co-ordinates

As we all know in spherical coordinates a function phi = π/3 gives us a cone. The cone makes an angle of π/3 with the imagined ...
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Imposing a Periodic Boundary Condition in Nearest Neighbour Search

I am trying to find first nearest neighbour distributions of randomly dispersed point-like objects in an infinite system. To do this I make a finite sized box unit cell with a chosen concentration of ...
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Uniformly distributed n-dimensional probability vectors

What's the right way to generate a random probability vector $p={p_1,\ldots,p_n} \in {(0,1)}^n$ where $\sum_i p_i=1$, uniformly distributed over the $(n-1)$-dimensional simplex? What I have is ...
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Solving Killing equations

Is it possible to solve Killing equations in Mathematica for a general vector? I am looking for a way to create Killing equations and then find what the vectors are, but I have a problem with this. ...
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Plotting an epicycloid

I am fairly new to Mathematica and I cannot figure out how to plot an epicycloid. I have plotted some neat looking things in my attempts, but can't make one. I am not looking to make an animation, ...
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Is there a triangle like this?

I want to find the numbers $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$ of the function $y = \dfrac{a x + b}{c x + d}$ so that the triangle $ABC$ with three points $A$, $B$, $C$ have integer coordinates and lies on the graph ...
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Assumptions for RotationMatrix

I'm making C++ program, and in my program I need a rotation matrix around any vector. I wanted to extract RotationMatrix[fi,{x,y,z}] output and put it in my ...
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Are there built in functions to perform a geometric transform to rotate a set of points around an arbitrary point?

I have a list of points {{4,5},{6,7},{9,8},...} in two-dimensions. I'd like to rotate these points some number of degrees $\theta$ around an arbitrary anchor point ...
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Efficiently determining if a morphological component overlaps a polygon with vertices at real number coordinates

I have a list of morphological components $m$, a set of vertices for a polytope $P$ (at real number coordinates), and I'd like to be able to calculate a list of morphological components $m'$ that ...
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Generating an obstacle-avoiding closed-curve with a fixed perimeter and a target area

I was wondering if there was a neat way to solve the following problem in Mathematica v9 - Provided a binarized image (where we call black pixels "obstacles" or vice versa, whichever is most ...