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Name: Krystal Who is asking: Student Level of the question: Secondary Question: Hello, Thank you! |
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Hi Krystal, The project might be too difficult. I have never seen it done. Distances are impossible to compute by formula on an ellipsoid, and I imagine that there would be no formulas for angles. What makes spherical geometry work is the complete symmetry -- rotations about the center of a sphere will take any point to any other point, and any direction to any other direction. That says that any formula for a sphere is the same at every point of the sphere. Such a rule would not hold for an ellipsoid. On the other hand, if you are a computer person, you could probably develop computer algorithms that would solve spherical-like problems on an ellipsoid. Chris |