Determine the Euler characteristic of the compact surface M inR^3 defined by:

M = {(x,y,z) inR^3; (sqrt(x^2+y^2) - 2006)^2=2(1-z^2)}.

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So I figured I should use Gauss-Bonnet but how?

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- Aug 26th 2010, 03:54 AMmatzerathEuler characteristic of a compact surface
Determine the Euler characteristic of the compact surface M in

**R**^3 defined by:

M = {(x,y,z) in**R**^3; (sqrt(x^2+y^2) - 2006)^2=2(1-z^2)}.

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So I figured I should use Gauss-Bonnet but how? - Aug 27th 2010, 04:56 AMxxp9
this one is a surface of revolution with the z axis as the center. Let y = 0 and x >=0 we get (x-2006)^2 + 2z^2 = 2, an ellipse. So M is homeomorphic to a tori, thus it's Euler characteristic is 0.