Mean Curvature

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mean curvature

[¦mēn ′kər·və·chər]
Half the sum of the principal curvatures at a point on a surface.

Mean Curvature


The mean curvature of a surface at a given point P on the surface is equal to the average of the principal curvatures of the surface at the point (seeDIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY). If E, F, and G are the coefficients of the first fundamental quadratic form of the surface and L, M, and N are the coefficients of the surface’s second fundamental quadratic form, then the mean curvature H can be computed from the formula

If the mean curvature is equal to zero at every point of the surface, then the surface is known as a minimal surface.

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area S = 2[V.sub.2], the integral of mean curvature M = [pi][V.sub.1], and the Euler characteristic X = [V.sub.0], see e.g.
The trace of -[[??].sub.[xi]] is called the lightlike mean curvature [H.sub.[xi]] on M associated with [xi].

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