# Detect “cusp” in parametric curve

I'm using the word "cusp" informally here, I apologize if there is a formal definition for it. What I'm looking for is a point where the derivative is non-continuous, I think.

I have a a sequence of two-dimensional points on a parametric curve (equations for the curve itself are unknown) and I want to find "sharp" points on the curve. I'm sorry for not being more clear, I don't have the background to use all the correct terminology.

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What is a «$2$-dimensional curve»? A curve in the plane? –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Mar 1 '12 at 19:06
Yes, sorry. I guess it's actually a parametric equation (x(t), y(t)). –  sh1ftst0rm Mar 1 '12 at 19:12
You can edit your question (and its title) to make it more clear, then :) –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Mar 1 '12 at 19:12

$$\kappa=4\frac{\sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}}{abc}\;,$$
where $s$ is the semiperimeter, $s=(a+b+c)/2$.