# Math 497C Sep 9, Curves and Surfaces Fall 2004, PSU

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1 Math 497C Sep 9, Curves and Surfaces Fall 2004, PSU Lecture Notes 2 15 sometries of the Euclidean Space Let M 1 and M 2 be a pair of metric space and d 1 and d 2 be their respective metrics We say that a mapping f : M 1 M 2 is an isometry provided that d 1 (p, q) =d 2 ( f(p),f(q) ), for all pairs of points in p, q M 1 Anorthogonal transformation A: R n R n is a linear map which preserves the inner product, ie, A(p),A(q) = p, q for all p, q R n One may immediately check that an orthogonal transformation is an isometry Conversely, we have: Theorem 1 f f : R n R n is an isometry, then f(p) =f(o)+a(p), where o is the origin of R n and A is an orthogonal transformation Proof Let f(p) :=f(p) f(o) We need to show that f is a linear and f(p), f(q) = p, q To see the latter note that x y, x y = x 2 + y 2 2x, y Thus, using the definition of f, and the assumption that f is an isometry, we obtain 2 f(p), f(q) = f(p) 2 + f(q) 2 f(p) f(q) 2 = f(p) f(o) 2 + f(q) f(o) 2 f(p) f(q) 2 = p 2 + q 2 p q 2 = 2p, q 1 Last revised: September 17,

2 Next note that, since f preserves the inner product, if e i, i =1n,isan orthonormal basis for R n, then so is f(e i ) Further, f(p + q), f(ei ) = p + q, e i = p, e i + q, e i = f(p), f(e i ) + f(q), f(e i ) Thus if follows that = f(p)+f(q), f(e i ) f(p + q) =f(p)+f(q) Similarly, for any constant c, f(cp), f(ei ) = cp, e i = cf(p), f(e i ), which in turn yields that f(cp) =f(p), and completes the proof f is linear f f : R n R n is an isometry with f(o) =o we say that it is a rotation, and if A = f f(o) is identity we say that f is a translation Thus another way to state the above theorem is that an isometry of the Euclidean space is the composition of a rotation and a translation Any mapping f : R n R m given by f(p) =q + A(p), where q R n, and A is any linear transformation, is called an affine map with translation part q and linear part A Thus yet another way to state the above theorem is that any isometry f : R n R n is an affine map whose linear part is orthogonal An isometry of Euclidean space is also referred to as a rigid motion Recall that if A T denotes the transpose of matrix A, then A T (p),q = p, A(q) This yields that if A is an orthogonal transformation, then A T A is the identity matrix n particular 1 = det(a T A) = det(a T ) det(a) = det(a) 2 So det(a) =±1 f det(a) = 1, then we say that A is a special orthogonal transformation, A: R n R n is a proper rotation, and any isometry f : R n R n given by f(p) =q + A(p) isaproper rigid motion 2

3 Exercise 2 (sometries of R 2 ) Show that if A: R 2 R 2 is a proper rotation, then it may be represented by a matrix of the form ( ) cos(θ) sin(θ) sin(θ) cos(θ) Further, any improper rotation is given by ( ) ( 1 0 cos(θ) sin(θ) 0 1 sin(θ) cos(θ) ) Conclude then that any isometry of R 2 is a composition of a translation, a proper rotation, and possibly a reflection with respect to the y-axis n the following exercise you may use the following fact: any continuous mapping of f : S 2 S 2 of the sphere to itself has a fixed point or else sends some point to its antipodal reflection Alternatively you may show that every 3 3 orthogonal matrix has a nonzero real eigenvalue Exercise 3 (sometries of R 3 ) (a) Show that any proper rotation A: R 3 R 3 fixes a line l through the origin Further if Π is a plane which is orthogonal to l, then A maps Π to itself by rotating it around the point l Πby an angle which is the same for all such planes (b) Show that any rotation of R 3 is a composition of rotations about the x, and y-axis (c) Find a pair of proper rotations A 1, A 2 which do not commute, ie, A 1 A 2 A 2 A 1 (d) Note that any improper rotation becomes proper after multiplication by an orthogonal matrix with negative determinant Use this fact to show that any rotation of R 3 is the composition of a proper rotation with reflection through the origin, or reflection through the xy-plane (e) Conclude that any isometry of R 3 is a composition of the following isometries: translations, rotations about the x, or y-axis, reflections through the origin, and reflections through the xy-plane Exercise 4 Show that if α: R 2 is a C 1 curve, then for any p there exists and open neighborhood U of p in and a rigid motion f : R 2 R 2 such that α restricted to U has a reparametrization β : J R 2, where J R is a neighborhood of the origin, and B(t) =(t, h(t)) for some C 1 function f : J R with h(0) = h (0)=0 3

4 16 nvariance of length under isometries Recalling the definition of length as the limit of polygonal approximations, one immediately sees that Exercise 5 Show that if α: [a, b] R n is a rectifiable curve, and f : R n R n is an isometry, then length[α] = length[f α] Recall that earlier we had shown that the length of a curve was invariant under reparametrization The above exercise further confirms that length is indeed a geometric quantity n the case where α is C 1, it is useful to give also an analytic proof for the above exercise, mainly as an excuse to recall and apply some basic concepts from multivariable calculus Let U R n be an open subset, and f : U R m be a map Note that f is a list of m functions of n variables: f(p) =f(p 1,,p n )= ( f 1 (p 1,,p n ),,f m (p 1,,p n ) ) The first order partial derivatives of f are given by D j f i f i (p 1,,p j + h,,p n ) f i (p 1,,p j,,p n ) (p) := lim h 0 h f all the functions D j f i : U R exist and are continuous, then we say that f is C 1 The Jacobian of f at p is the m n matrix defined by D 1 f 1 (p) D n f 1 (p) J p (f) := D 1 f m (p) D n f m (p) The derivative of f at p is the linear transformation Df(p): R n R m given by the above matrix, ie, ( ) ( ) Df(p) (x) := J p (f) (x) Exercise 6 (Derivative of linear maps) Show that if A: R n R m is a linear map, then DA(p) =A for all p R n n other words, for each p R n,(da(p))(x) =A(x), for all x R n (Hint: Let a ij, i =1n, and j =1m, be the coefficients of the matrix representation of A Then A j (p) = n i=1 a ijp i ) 4

5 Another basic fact is the chain rule which states that if g : R m R l is a differentiable function, then D(f g)(p) =Df ( g(p) ) Dg(p) Now let α: R n be a C 1 curve and f : R n R n, given by f(p) = f(o)+a(p) be an isometry Then length[f α] = D(f α)(t) dt (1) = Df ( α(t) ) Dα(t) dt (2) = DA ( α(t) ) Dα(t) dt (3) = A ( Dα(t) ) dt (4) = Dα(t) dt (5) = length[α] (6) The six equalities above are due respectively to (1) definition of length, (2) the chain rule, (3) definition of isometry f, (4) Exercise 6, (5) definition of orthogonal transformation, and (6) finally definition of length applied again 17 Curvature of C 2 regular curves The curvature of a curve is a measure of how fast it is turning More precisely, it is the speed, with respect to the arclength parameter, of the unit tangent vector of the curve The unit tangent vector, aka tangential indicatrix, or tantrix for short, of a regular curve α: R n is defined as T (t) := α (t) α (t) Note that the tantrix is itself a curve with parameter ranging in and image lying on the unit sphere S n 1 := {x R n x =1} f α is parametrized with respect to arclength, ie, α (t) = 1, then the curvature is given by κ(t) = T (t) = α (t) (provided α =1) 5

6 Thus the curvature of a road is the amount of centripetal force which you would feel, if you traveled on it in a car which has unit speed; the tighter the turn, the higher the curvature, as is affirmed by the following exercise: Exercise 7 Show that the curvature of a circle of radius r is 1, and the r curvature of the line is zero (First you need to find arclength parametrizations for these curves) Recall that, as we showed earlier, there exists a unique way to reparametrize a curve α: [a, b] R n by arclength (given by α s 1 (t)) Thus the curvature does not depend on parametrizations This together with the following exercise shows that κ is indeed a geometric quantity Exercise 8 Show that κ is invariant under isometries of the Euclidean space (Hint: See the computation at the end of the last subsection) As a practical matter, we need to have a definition for curvature which works for all curves (not just those already parametrized by arclength), because it is often very difficult, or even impossible, to find explicit formulas for unit speed curves To find a general formula for curvature of C 2 regular curve α: R n, let T : S n 1 be its tantrix Let s: [0,L] be the arclength function Since, as we discussed earlier s is invertible, we may define T := T s 1 to be a reparametrization of T Then curvature may be defined as κ(t) := T (s(t)) By the chain rule, ) ( ) (t) T (t) =T (s 1 (t) s 1 Further recall that (s 1 ) (t) =1/ α (s 1 (t)) Thus κ(t) = T (t) α (t) Exercise 9 Use the above formula, together with definition of T, to show that α (t) κ(t) = 2 α (t) 2 α (t),α (t) 2 α (t) 3 6

7 n particular, in R 3, we have κ(t) = α (t) α (t) α (t) 3 (Hint: The first identity follows from a straight forward computation The second identity is an immediate result of the first via the identity v w 2 = v 2 w 2 v, w 2 ) Exercise 10 Show that the curvature of a planar curve which satisfies the equation y = f(x) is given by κ(x) = f (x) ( 1+ ( f (x) ) 2 ) 3 (Hint: Use the parametrization α(t) =(t, f(t), 0), and use the formula in previous exercise) Compute the curvatures of y = x, x 2, x 3, and x 4 Exercise 11 Let α, β :( 1, 1) R 2 be a pair of C 2 curves with α(0) = β(0)=(0, 0) Further suppose that α and β both lie on or above the x-axis, and β lies higher than or at the same height as α Show that the curvature of β at t = 0 is not smaller than that of α at t =0(Hint: Use exercise 4, and a Taylor expansion) Exercise 12 Show that if α: R 2 is a C 2 closed curve which is contained in a circle of radius r, then the curvature of α has to be bigger than 1/r at some point n particular, closed curves have a point of nonzero curvature (Hint: Shrink the circle until it contacts the curve, and use Exercise 11) Exercise 13 Let α: R 2 be a closed planar curve, show that length[α] 2π max κ (Hint: Recall that the width w of α is smaller than or equal to its length divided by π to show that a piece of α should lie inside a circle of diameter at least w) 7

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