The Three-Point Problem, Vector Analysis and Extension to the N-Point Problem
Michael N. Fienen May 2005 Journal of Geoscience Education v53 n3 p257

The three-point problem is well-known in structural geology and hydrogeology. The solution of this problem is used to find the strike and dip of a planar geologic surface using three measurements of point positions located on the surface. This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education revisits the three-point problem using a vector analysis approach and expands to the n-point problem in which more than three measurements that include measurement error can be used to find one representative solution with a least-squares approach.


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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater flow, Biology:Evolution, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Education
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary, Research Results, Opinion, Journal Article
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Groundwater flow, Biosphere:Evolution, Education, Solid Earth:Structural Geology