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### convex curve equivalent definition

I have seen two different version of definition of a closed convex curve in a plane: For a curve $r(t)=(x(t),y(t))$ 1.The whole curve lies on only one side of any tangent of the curve 2.Any ...
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### Equation for the Maximum-Area Rotor in a Wankel Engine

I am attempting to construct a specialized Wankel Engine in Autodesk Inventor. For my particular project, the rotor must take up the maximum area, in order to separate the air spaces of the top and ...
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### arc length parameterization of planar curve in Matlab

Let $\gamma (t)$ be a planar curve parameterized by time $t$. For fun, let it be a limacon. In Matlab $\gamma (t)$ looks like this. ...
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### why $x^2 = y^3$ is not smooth?

I read a definition of a smooth curve on the plane: A smooth curve is a map from $[a,b] \to \mathbb R^2: t\mapsto ( f(t),g(t) )$, where $f$ and $g$ are infinitely differentiable functions. According ...
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### Finding arc length and binormal vector for a given curve

Can somebody show me the arc length of a curve formula, and the binormal vector formula. The curve C with equation $r(t)=(\sqrt{3}\cos t,t,\sqrt{3}\sin t)$ How do you find the arc length from $t=0$ ...
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### Curve genereated by a hanging rope with both ends hold together

So a hanging rope assumes the form of a catenary, but if the ends are together it takes some kind of "drop" shape. I think that if the rope is perfectly flexible the shape is a vertical line but what ...
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### What does the definition of curvature mean?

First question, am I right in saying that curvature measure how quickly the direction of a cruve changes? Also, we have been given the "definition": $$T'(t) = \kappa(t) | \gamma'(t) | U(t)$$ where ...
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### Ambiguous Curve: can you follow the bicycle?

Let $\alpha:[0,1]\to \mathbb R^2$ be a smooth closed curve parameterized by the arc length. We will think of $\alpha$ like a back track of the wheel of a bicycle. If we suppose that the distance ...
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### Functionals defined on curves

I am looking for classical (real) functionals defined on rectifiable curves (neither necessarily simple nor closed) in either $\mathbb{R}^2$ or $\mathbb{R}^3$. There's length, turning number, total ...
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### What is the difference between Tautochrone curve and Brachistochrone curve as both are cycloid?

What is the difference between Tautochrone curve and Brachistochrone curve as both are cycloid? If possible, show some reference please?
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### Reconstructing space curves from its curvature and torsion

I have to write a program which gets two functions (curvature and torsion) and 3 vectors of the Frenet-Serret "frame" at the starting point - and I have to reconstruct the space curve from this given ...
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### Plane curve: orhogonal projection and closest points

I am reading 'Differential Geometry of curves and surfaces' by Banchoff and Lovett and I'm confused about the following statement on page 28: "Let two curves $C_1$ and $C_2$ have a regular point $P$ ...
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### How can we find the arc length of the curve? [closed]

How can I find the length of the curve $$\left(\frac{t^3}{3} - t\right)\mathbf{i}+ t^2 \mathbf{j}, \quad 0≤t≤1?$$
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### A question about curves in $\mathbb{R}^2$

I need to show this result: Let $\alpha :I\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ a smooth curve, where $I$ is a compact interval of the real line. If $\lVert \alpha (s) - \alpha (t) \rVert$ depends only on ...
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### Reconstructing a curve from its curvature

I'm with a problem in an exercise form Do Carmo's Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces; it is number 9 section 1.6. I have a differentiable real function $k(s)$, $s\in I$, and I need to show ...
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### Parametrise curve by angle and convex curves

Can one parametrise any closed curve by the angle its tangent makes to the $x$-axis? I seem to remember that this is only possible for convex curves. Could anyone tell me why, please? Also is ...
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### Computing the gradient of the function $\psi(u) = f[ \phi(u)]$

This question is based on section 6 of the paper Kriging and splines with derivative information. A parametric curve $\phi(u)$ in three dimensions is deformed by the function $f$ to a new curve ...
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### What is the limit distance to the base function if offset curve is a function too?

I asked a question about parallel functions in here . I understood that offset curves that are the parallels of a function may not be functions after J.M.'s answer. I got new questions after that ...
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### Reversing a roulette on a straight line - solving for a parameterization?

(See below for update.) I would like to reverse the following equations. Here, the path is traced out by the polar origin of the wheel. You can put the trace point anywhere on or off of the wheel ...
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### what is the total curvature of the logarithmic spiral?

given the parameterization: exp(t)*(cos(t), sin(t)) t $\in [0, 2\pi$] how do I calculate the total curvature?
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### Ways to define a curve

I'm trying to give shapes in my physics engine roundness/ curvature. I am aware of various methods for mathematically defining curvature such as bezier-curves, ellipses, etc; but I'm not sure which ...
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### Non-intersecting smooth paths in the plane and the relation to curvature

I'm interested in a problem and have no idea how to approach solving it. Could you please point me in the right direction. Given 3 smooth paths $\varphi_{1}:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}^{2}$, ...
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### Approximation in the Plane of Constant Curvature

In Euclidean space, There is a classic Theorem claims that: The length of every rectifiable curve can be approximated by sufficiently small straight line segment with ends on the curve. Now, The ...
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### Vector equation and curvature

Vector equation $r(t)=2\cos(t)\mathbf i + 3\sin(t)\mathbf j\ \ (0 \le t \le 2\pi)$ represents ellipse. I need to find curvature of this ellipse on endpoints of x and y axis that are given with ...
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### Is the extra condition in this definition superfluous?

I am learning Differential Geometry and someone told me that the second condition of a definition provided in books follows from the first and is hence superfluous. I cannot dispute it, so convince me ...
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### rolling wheel problem

To achieve this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_wheel, what should $L$ be?
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### Parameterizing a curve

Edited... I have a Cartesian equation of a cycloid: $$\arcsin\left(k\sqrt{y(x)}\right) - k\sqrt{y(x)-k^2y(x)^2} + c = x$$ where $k$ and $c$ are constants. How might I parameterize it so that I get ...
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### points toward the center of the osculating circle (second derivate in a arc length parameter curve)

Is it true that if I have a planar curve parametrized by its arc length, then the second derivative points towards to the center of the osculating circle? I can´t see it, but the book says that it´s ...
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### Direction of the second derivative of an arclength parametrized curve

I have a question, it's so simple and stupid ._. If I have a planar curve parametrized by arc length, it's easy to show that the second derivate is orthogonal to the first derivate vector (tangent ...
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### The signed curvature of the Catenary

Now I want to show that the signed curvature of the catenary, with parameterization $$(t,\cosh(t))$$ is $k(t)=\frac{1}{\cosh^2(t)}$ Now what I have done (and presumably went astray), is first ...
I have come upon the curve with the following parametric equations: $$x(t)=\log(2+2\cos(t))/2$$ $$y(t)=t/2$$ for $-\pi<t<\pi$. It gives the image in the complex plane under $\log(1+z)$ of the ...
Let $\gamma$ be a smooth curve in Euclidean space of length $2\pi$ whose curvature function satisfies $-1 < k(t) < 1$. Can $\gamma$ be closed? This seems like it should be an easy exercise, at ...