Right, I need to show that a(t)=(cost,sint,0)is not a geodesic of the plane.
But I'm not sure what I'm supposed to actually do!
Right I've been thinking about the following
a regular curve on a surface is a geodesic of the surface is
So I need to get the unit tangent vector field to a(t)? which is
a'(t)=(-sint,cost,0) and ||a'(t)||=ROOT(sin^2(t)+cos^2(t))=1
n=(PHIu X PHIv)/||PHIu X PHIv||
I'm not sure where I'm going from here on in, I end up completely
confused with tons of definitions? Am I on the right track?
Any help much appreciated!
Cool. That helps alot. I guess I don't need any of the stuff I was blabbing about then!
Just out of curiosity in the following question do I follow the usual calculus steps to get the max and min of a function:
The normal curvature k(u) for a unit tangent vector u satisfies
k(u)= A_1cos^2(0)+A_2sin^2(0) where A is alpha and 0 is theta
for some value of 0, where A_1 and A_2 are the principal curvatures. Given that 0 ranges over the interval [0,2PI) as u ranges over all possible unit tangent vectors, show that the max and min values taken by k(u) are precisely the principal curvatures
PS I know I can extend the range of 0 to [0,2PI] so that there will be a max and min.
I also see that when A_1=A_2 then k(u)=A_1=A_2