**Problem 2**
A
straight line on the surface of a sphere must curve
from an extrinsic or external viewpoint, but intrinsically, say for
example if we are living in Kansas, we can define
what it means to feel like we are walking on a straight path. What is straight
(intrinsically) on a sphere?
Is the equator an intrinsically straight path?
Is the non-equator latitude between Tallahassee, Florida and Multan,
Pakistan an intrinsically straight path?

**Problem 3**
On the surface of a perfectly round beach ball,
can the sum of angles of a
spherical triangle (a curved triangle formed by three
shortest distance paths on the surface of the sphere)
ever be greater than 180 degrees? Why?

**Problem 4** Is
SAS (side-angle-side, which says that if 2 sides of a triangle
and the angle between them are congruent to those in a corresponding triangle,
then the 2 triangles must be congruent)
always true for spherical triangles
(a curved triangle formed by three shortest distance paths)
on the surface of a perfectly round beach ball? Explain.

**Problem 5**
Assume that we have a right-angled
spherical triangular plot of land
(a curved triangle formed by three shortest distance paths on the
surface of the sphere that also contains a 90 degree angle)
on the surface of a spherical globe between approximately
Umanak, Greenland, Goiania, Brazil, and Harare, Zimbabwe, that
happens to measure 300 and 400 units on its short sides.
Is the measurement of the long side from Greenland to Zimbabwe
greater than, less than or equal to 500 units (ie is the
Pythagorean Theorem true on the sphere)? Why?

**Problem 6**
On the surface of a perfectly round beach ball representing the
earth, if we head 30 miles West, then 30 miles North, then 30
miles East, and then 30 miles South would we end up back where we started?
Why? What
about 300 miles in each direction? What about 3000 miles in each direction?
Explain.

**Problem 7**
Is the surface of a sphere 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional? Why?

**Extra Credit**
If we slice one-half of a perfectly round loaf of bread into equal
width slices, where width is defined as usual using a straight edge or ruler,
which piece has the most crust? Why?

**Geometry of the Entire Universe**

**Problem 8** Is our universe 3-dimensional or is it
higher dimensional? Why?

**Problem 9** Are there are finitely or
infinitely many stars in the universe? Explain.

**Problem 10** The geometry that you explored in high school is
called Euclidean geometry. For example, you learned about
the Euclidean law stating that the shortest distance path
between two points is a straight line
and about the Euclidean law stating that
the sum of the angles in a triangle is 180 degrees.
Is our universe Euclidean
(ie does it satisfy the laws of Euclidean geometry such as
those just mentioned)?
How could we tell?

**Problem 11** While people thought that the earth was flat for a long
time, we know that the shape of the earth is actually a round sphere.
What is the shape of space (the universe)?

Your major
writing assignment grade will be based on the quality of the
web and/or book references that you find and/or experiments that
you conduct, along with the clarity and depth of your answer.
**Having the "right" answer is not of prime importance** as
it is often the case that at this stage, mathematicians will still
have incorrect ideas - recall from the Fermat video that Shimura made
"good mistakes". The idea here is to deeply explore your question with
help from web searching and/or experiments, and then to clearly
communicate your research.
Be sure to follow the writing checklist
guidelines.