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Single valued surface

  1. Jan 23, 2008 #1
    What is a "single valued surface"...?

    physical explanation would be appreciated....
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  3. Jan 23, 2008 #2


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    My guess is that a s.v.s. is a single-valued function defined on two coordinates, such as z = f(x,y). For example, z = x + y.
  4. Jan 23, 2008 #3
    whats a single valued function
  5. Jan 23, 2008 #4


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    In terms of real valued functions, all functions are, by definition, "single valued". You normally only see "single valued function" or "single valued (Riemann) surface" in functions of complex numbers. Is that what you are asking about?
  6. Jan 23, 2008 #5


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    Hmm..he might mean an orientable surface such that at every point of it, we may uniquely assign the proper "outwards" normal vector.

    (The Moebius strip the most famous non-orientable surface)
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