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    Smile geodesic problem

    find the shape of a geodesic on the(curved part) of the surface of a cylinder.
    can you explain the geodesic by" unrolling" the cylinder?

    thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdnhan View Post
    find the shape of a geodesic on the(curved part) of the surface of a cylinder.
    can you explain the geodesic by" unrolling" the cylinder?

    thanks in advance
    Do you know what a geodesic is? And by "find the shape" do you mean get the equation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdnhan View Post
    find the shape of a geodesic on the(curved part) of the surface of a cylinder.
    can you explain the geodesic by" unrolling" the cylinder?

    thanks in advance
    You do know that the curved surface of a cylinder in a flat manifold, so the geodesics are straight lines on the unrolled surface (with periodic extension if needed).

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