# Homework Help: :frown: Normal curvature integral proof

1. May 6, 2007

### Mathman23

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I need to show that the mean curvature $$H$$ at $$p \in S$$ given by

$$H = \frac{1}{\pi} \cdot \int_{0}^{\pi} k_n{\theta} d \theta$$

where $$k_n{\theta}$$ is the mean curvature at p along a direction makin an angle theta with a fixed direction.

2. Relevant equations

I know that the formel definition of the mean curvature is $$H = \frac{k_1 + k_2}{2}$$
where k1 and K2 are the maximum and minimum normal curvature.

I know that the normal curvature is defined as $$k_n = k \cdot cos(\theta)$$. where $$\theta$$ is defined as the angle between the eigenvectors e1 and e2 of $$dN_{p}$$

3. The attempt at a solution

do I then claim that $$<dN_{p}(\theta), \theta)> = k_n \cdot \theta$$ ??

Could somebody please help me along here? with a hint or something? or this there is some theory that I have missed here??

Best regards
Fred

Last edited: May 7, 2007
2. May 9, 2007

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