Instructor:Spherical Geometry Exercises Solutions

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  1. Yes, every point on the sphere has exactly one antipodal points.
  2. Although tessellations of the plane suggest infinity because they can be continued forever, Escher felt the necessity of an edge harmed the effect. Escher says that as you turn the ball, the neverending series of motifs suggests infinity. On the other hand, there are only finitely many motifs on the ball. Which is more compelling?
  3. There are really two valid choices here: 1) A is between B and C if A is on a geodesic segment joining B and C, or 2) A is between B and C if A is on the short geodesic segment joining B and C. In both cases, St. Louis is between the poles. In case 1, the north pole is between the south pole and St. Louis, but not in case 2.
  4. Draw the picture.
  5. Draw the picture.
  6. Draw the picture (it should look a lot like question 4's picture).
  7. a. 90°; b. 1/8; c. 90°; d. 1/8; e. 36°; f. 1/20; g. 90°; h. 1/16; i. 90°; j. 180°
  8. 720°
  9. 720°
  10. 300°
  11. Draw a geodesic segment connecting two corners of the quadrilateral. This splits the quadrilateral into two triangles. The sum of angles in the quadrilateral is the sum of the angles in the two triangles, which is larger than 180° + 180° = 360°.
  12. The north and south edges of Colorado are not geodesics - they are made from parallels. This means Colorado is not a quadrilateral, it has curved edges.
  13. Draw the picture.