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    Normal of a surface

    The normal line at a point p of a surface S is the straight line passing through p parallel to the normal N of S at p. Prove:

    If the normal lines are all parallel, then S is an open subset of a plane

    If all the normal lines pass through some fixed point, then S is an open subset of a sphere

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    Re: Normal of a surface

    For the first question, note that the normal to the surface must be a constant vector, and so the coefficients of the second fundamental form are zero,
    which in turn implies that the Gaussian curvature is zero.

    For the second question, express the point in the basis {X_u,X_v,N} and differentiate to show that the fundamental forms are a constant multiple of each other.
    This shows that the Gaussian curvature is constant and non-zero on S.
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