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Sphere formula

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  • Subject: [mg109432] Sphere formula
  • From: "S. B. Gray" <stevebg at ROADRUNNER.COM>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 04:05:16 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: stevebg at ROADRUNNER.COM

1. The center of a sphere through 4 points has a very nice determinant 
form. ( What I want is a nice 
formula for the center of a sphere through 3 points, where the center is 
in the plane of the three points. I have a formula but it's a horrible 
mess of hundreds of lines, even after FullSimplify.

2. (Unlikely) Is there a way to get Mathematica to put a long formula into a 
matrix/determinant form if there is a nice one?

Any tips will be appreciated.

Steve Gray

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