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Great circle course 
20120125 

From Hervé: On the earth, the mathematical formula giving the distance
between two points, and the initial course for a boat on the great circle
is well known.
I need to find the inverse formula, ie knowing an initial position on earth,
and the initial course of the boat, and the distance to run on the great circle,
the formula gives the final position (longitude and latitude). Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Two great circles 
20111006 

From Jean: "Two great circles lying in planes that are perpendicular to each
other are drawn on a wooden sphere of radius "a". Part of the sphere
is then shaved off in such a way that each cross section of the
remaining solid that is perpendicular to the common diameter of the
two great circles is a square whose vertices lie on these circles.
Find the volume of this solid."
I don't understand the geometry of the problem.
Can you please explain the problem and if possible draw a diagram for me
? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Great circles 
20071105 

From Lindsay: Does a sphere have only ONE great circle? Explain? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 


