Sphere in Euclidean space

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Definition

Consider Euclidean space \R^n. Let p \in \R^n be a point and r be a nonnegative real number. The sphere with center p and radius r in \R^n is defined as the set of those points in \R^n that are at distance exactly r from p.

Some easy facts:

  • A sphere of radius zero is just a point. Any other sphere is a (n-1)-dimensional manifold.
  • Given two spheres of the same radius, the translation map from \R^n to \R^n that takes the first center to the second center, also takes the first sphere to the second sphere. In other words, given two spheres of the same radius, there is an isometry of \R^n taking one to the other.
  • Given two spheres of different (nonzero) radii and with the same center, there is a dilation, or scaling operation, that takes one to the other
  • The orthogonal group O_n(\R) maps every sphere centered at the origin, to itself.