Talk:Unit sphere

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Introductory sentence[edit]

Articles like this really need an introductory sentence or two - after all, wikipedia isn't a textbook or a scientific journal. Granted, putting abstract mathematical concepts into non-symbols can be very, very difficult, but wikipedia is one of the few venues where non-mathematicians may come across these concepts at all, so it's worth the effort. Perhaps something could be adapted from the introduction of ball (mathematics), which mentions the unit ball. - DavidWBrooks 18:44, 19 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Unit sphere or Unit ball?[edit]

Wrote the non-technical intro starting with "unit sphere" rather than "unit ball". In my opinion, the article should be titled "unit sphere" and "unit ball" redirected to it, rather than the other way around. Not a huge difference either way, but the rationale is: (1) the WP article on sphere is richer than the article on ball; (2) the use of the word sphere in mathematics is closer to ordinary language than the use of the word ball is. Hence it's slightly easier for the nonmathematical reader to get a handle on this (admittedly, not too difficult) subject by starting with 'sphere' and defining 'ball' in terms of it.Brian Tvedt 01:02, 23 August 2005 (UTC)

Done.--agr 15:27, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

I think this should include cartesian and spherical equations of the unit sphere as well as a parameterization.

Formulas with radius or without?[edit]

Some of the formulas have been changed many times to include / not include a radius term. I don't think that a radius term is appropriate because it's the Unit Sphere not just the general Sphere page. For example, we no longer list that the volume of a unit sphere (in 3d) is 4/3 pi. I think that the actual values of the most common form (euclidian, 3d) are a critical piece of information for this page. The general formulas are far to general - a lot of people would appreciate a quick reference of the normal, non-general case. -- NegatedVoid (talk) 15:04, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

What is this article about?[edit]

I'm confused about the what the subject of the article is supposed to be. I would think it would be about the sphere of radius 1, which is given as the second paragraph of the lead section and the subject of the MathWorld link given in the references. But the first sentence of the lead section and the majority of the article seems to be about the set of unit vectors is a more general space, possibly a normed vector space. Some sections of the article seem to be about unit n-spheres. Admittedly the usage of the term 'Unit sphere' in the literature is somewhat context dependent, but the article as stands seems to mix all the meanings freely without making any attempt at organizing it. There might be material for multiple articles here, on the other hand it may be better to merge some of the material into other articles.--RDBury (talk) 18:14, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Merge with N-sphere or at least mimic it?[edit]

In the current unit sphere article we use A_n for the hypervolume of the (n-1)-dimensional unit sphere (i.e., for the "area" of the surface of the n-dimensional unit ball). However, the example of the current N-sphere article would suggest that we use A_{n-1}, presumably because it represents the (n-1)-dimensional volume of an (n-1)-dimensional object. Should we adjust the current article?

Also, perhaps this article should be merged with the N-sphere article. Or at least we could use the same notation: V_n here is C_n there, A_n here is S_{n-1} there. What do you think? Quantling (talk) 21:20, 17 June 2010 (UTC)