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==Definition==
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The '''torus''' in <math>\R^3</math> is constructed as follows:
 
 
 
* Take a ''base circle'' centered at a point which we shall call the ''origin''. We shall call the radius of the base circle the ''average radius''.
 
* Fix a length smaller than the average radius, called the ''tube radius''.
 
* For each point on the torus, consider the circle centered at that point of radius equal to the tube radius, in the plane perpendicular to the plane of the base circle, and containing that center and the origin
 
* The union of all such circles is termed the torus
 
 
 
The torus can thus be thought of as the trace of a circle whose center is itself moving on a base circle, such that the plane of the circle always contains the origin of the base circle.
 
 
 
Some further terminology:
 
 
 
* The ''inner radius'' is the average radius minus the tube radius. It is the shortest possible distance between the origin and points on the torus. The set of points at this minimum distance forms a circle, called the ''inner rim'' or ''inner circle''.
 
* The ''outer radius'' is the average radius plus the tube radius. It is the maximum distance between the origin and points on the torus. The set of points at this maixmum distance form a circle, called the ''outer rim'' or ''outer circle''.
 
* Consider two planes parallel to the plane containing the base circle, with distance from it equal to the tube radius. Both these planes are tangent to the torus, meeting it at circles. These circles are termed the ''top circle'' and ''bottom circle'' (interchangeably). The radius of these circles is equal to the average radius.
 
 
 
==Equational descriptions==
 
 
 
===Cartesian parametric equation===
 
 
 
Let <math>r_1</math> denote the average radius and <math>r_2</math> denote the tube radius. Suppose the base circle is in the <math>xy</math>-plane and the origin of the torus is the origin. Then the parametric equations aer in terms of two angles, <math>\alpha</math> and <math>\beta</math>, where:
 
 
 
<math>
 
x  = r_1 \cos \alpha + r_2 \cos \alpha \cos \beta
 
 
 
y = r_1 \sin \alpha + r_2 \sin \alpha \cos \beta
 
 
 
z & = & r_2 \sin \beta
 
</math>
 

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