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Finding unit tangent, normal, and binormal vectors for a given r(t)

For my Calc III class, I need to find $T(t), N(t)$, and $B(t)$ for $t=1, 2$, and $-1$, given $r(t)=\{t,t^2,t^3\}$. I've got Mathematica, but I've never used it before and I'm not sure how to coerce ...
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Intersecting graphics

Does the Mathematica graphics system have any concept of intersecting graphics? I've not found much in the documents so far. For example, if I want to show the intersection of two shapes: ...
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How to calculate scalar curvature Ricci tensor and Christoffel symbols in Mathematica?

I am seeking a convenient and effective way to calculate such geometric quantities. I've used packages like TensoriaCalc, but they don't work at all time. ...
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Generating evenly spaced points on a curve

In the KnotData package a simple command such as points = Table[KnotData[{3, 1}, "SpaceCurve"][t], {t, 0, 2 Pi, 0.1}]; will ...
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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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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 determine the center and radius of a circle given some points in 3D?

I was wondering if anyone could give me a hand with this problem I have. I have six points on a plane, and I am trying to determine if they form a circle or not. I know that any three points in 2D ...
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Uniformly distributed n-dimensional probability vectors over a simplex

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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Rebuild a polygon so it doesn't self intersect [duplicate]

If you consider the following Polygon: ...
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How to simulate the true reflective movement of a particle bouncing around in an ellipse?

Please help me to simulate the movement of a particle inside a region with elliptical walls such that particle is reflected from the walls and continues to move. A friend was able write code to ...
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How do I split up a curve into chords of equal length?

I have a curve that is defined as f[x] and what I'm attempting to do is to divide the curve into equal straight lengths for a number of segments of my choosing that I've defined as nSeg. I've created ...
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How do I calculate the area of a polygon given its coordinates?

I have a polygon: Polygon[{{0, 200 }, {200, 100}, {500, 300}, {100, 700}}] How can I figure out its area? The docs page does not have any example. So far I've ...
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Create a torus with a hexagonal mesh for 3D-printing

I am new to Mathematica, and I'm looking for a way to create patterns on the surface of 3D objects. One thing I have not been able to do is to create a hexagonal mesh on a torus. What I would like to ...
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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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How to find lattice points on a line segment?

How do I find points on the line segment joining {-4, 11} and {16, -1} whose coordinates are positive integers?
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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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How to draw a great circle on a sphere?

I apologize for the text description, but new users are not allowed to post images. I want to draw a circle that cuts through the center of a sphere and has an inclination of 15 degrees with the ...
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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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Can Mathematica solve Plateau's problem (finding a minimal surface with specified boundary)?

Given a closed curve $\mathcal C$ in three dimensions, is it possible to use Mathematica's built-in functionality to compute a minimal surface whose boundary is $\mathcal C$? For simplicity, let us ...
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How do I create a triangulated surface from points?

I have a set of points in a nx3 matrix and I would like to convert them into a surface, so that I may calculate its surface area. The function ListSurfacePlot3D creates the surface how I want it. ...
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Is there a numerical method/built-in to calculate the boundary of a set of graphs?

Recently, I encounted a geometry problem in my work. For a curve-family that owns the following parametric equation: $$E(t,\theta)= \begin{pmatrix} x_E(t,\theta) \\ y_E(t,\theta) \end{pmatrix}$$ ...
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Using triangulation

I have been presented with 3 known points and the power densities at those points. I need to use those points to find the location of the actual antenna which is generating the signals. Power ...
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Unexpected behavior of GeometricTransformation

Bug introduced in 8.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.3 or later I have the following mapping on the complex plane: $$ z \mapsto \tau \mu z-1, $$ where $\mu$ is complex, $\tau$ is real ...
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How can I pack circles of different sizes into a spiral?

Given a list of circles of different areas, I need to arrange them tangentially in order of increasing area and spiraling outward. An example of the type of packing I'm attempting is shown by the ...
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Drawing a square root spiral

Here is a start. I'm looking for a nice way to draw it. ...
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Ellipse counting from image

I have hundreds of images similar to this image: I'm looking to count the number of ellipses as well as their major and minor diameters. The ellipses are touching, hence, ...
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How to convert a surface into a solid

Context I am interested in converting surfaces into solids (so I can make a 3D mesh out of them using ToElementMesh) Say I have the following cool surface ...
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Is DiscretizeRegion not yet ready ro discretize 3D-solids?

In the DiscretizeRegion documentation: "The region reg can be anything that is ConstantRegionQ and RegionEmbeddingDimension less than or equal to 3." With DiscretizeRegion there could be an easy way ...
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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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Finding volume of a segment

I'm still pretty new to Mathematica, so I would like to seek advice regarding a geometrical problem. I am currently trying to define that as an extra condition in the Mathematica code below. ...
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Triangle mapped on a sphere in $\mathbb R^3$?

How can I map a triangle on a sphere? I want to visualize (plot or animate) it for my student in Non-Euclidean geometry. I have no restrictions on the triangle's kind or on the sphere in $\mathbb ...
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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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Numerically solving Helmholtz equation in 3D for arbitrary shapes

Context While studying manifold Learning I got interested in finding the eigenvectors of the Laplacian. (also in connection to this problem of solving the heat equation) Following this and that ...
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Approximating an ornamental curve

How do I go about approximating this ornamental curve? Note variable thickness typical in calligraphy. Handbook and Atlas of Curves by E.V. Shikin (1995) contains many directions, including curve ...
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Distance between point and line segments

How would you determine the shortest distance between a point and one or more segments? For example, what is the shortest distance between the point and the two segments below? Clearly the point is ...
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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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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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How do I draw a triangle given the lengths of the sides?

I know, of course, how to draw a triangle in the plane given the vertices: Graphics[Polygon[{{1, 0}, {0, Sqrt[3]}, {-1, 0}}]] But I'm not sure how to simply draw ...
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How to export textures?

Is there any object geometry format for which Mathematica supports the exporting of textures for external (non-Mathematica) use ? If not does anyone know of work arounds? All the texture primitives ...
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How to plot a barycentric line

I want to plot a barycentric function on an equilateral triangle (ternary plot). For example f1 = {Abs[Sin[x]], Mod[x, 2], Abs[Cos[x]]}; At the moment I evaluate ...
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How to draw a dodecahedron with each face modified to a pentagram?

I'd like to draw a dodecahedron with each face carved on the sides so it becomes a pentagram. I wonder how to start to do this kind of task in the Wolfram Language? Edit: The result should still be ...
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Diagonals of a regular octagon

We had a little activity after school today and one of the questions was: All diagonals are drawn in a regular octagon. At how many distinct points in the interior of the octagon (not on the ...
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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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How can I plot a loxodrome?

Can someone show me how to plot a rhumb line (loxodrome) in Mathematica via the ParametricPlot function? Here is what I got so far: ...
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How to find all data points within closed curve

I want to find all data points inside curve as given below: ...
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Generate regularly spaced points from the surface of simplexes

I need to generate regularly spaced samples (points) from the surface of unit simplexes with 2 or greater vertices or end points. I can generate random samples pretty straightforwardly: ...
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How to find a length of a curve constructed using Spline?

By fitting the data using spline, I have created a curve. sp = SplineFit[data1, Cubic] I am trying to divide this curve into small segments of equal length. To ...
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Intersection of surface with parallel planes

Consider the code (adapted from here) ...
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How to plot rectangles aligned by their center?

Supose I have a rectangle which area is $x^2$. In some cases I may not know what is the size of each side, for $x=12,$ we have several possibilites: ...