Numerical Treatment of Geodesic Differential Equations on Two Dimensional Surfaces


Department of Mathematics, Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, P.O.Box 56199-11367, Iran


This paper presents a brief instructions to nd geodesics equa-tions on two dimensional surfaces in R3. The resulting geodesic equations are solved numerically using Computer Program Matlab, the geodesics are dis-played through Figures.


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