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### The area of a region around a curve

If we are given a simple closed curve with length $L$ in the plane, and we have a fixed number $r$ such that for each point $x$ on the curve there is a related disc $D(x,r)$ with radius $r$, how can ...
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### Find the distance of the point $( 1,2,3 )$ to ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Find the distance of the point $( 1,2,3 )$ of the plane $3x-2y+5z+17=0$ .
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### Generalisation of circumscribed circle for polygones instead of triangles.

Given a triangle, there exists a unique circle passing through its $3$ vertices. I wonder if more generally for any $n\geq3$ we can define a family $\mathcal{C}_n$ of convex closed curves in the ...
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### Line tangent to curve in complex plane

For what pairs $a,b\in\mathbb{\mathbb{C}}$ is the line $L(x,y)=ax+by+1=0$ tangent to the curve $C(x,y)=x^4+y^4+1=0$? By definition of "tangent", if I have a point $(c,d)\in C$, and a line ...
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### Relations between curvature and area of simple closed plane curves.

Let $\gamma$ be a simple closed plane curve. We know that a curve with constant curvature $\kappa$ will trace a circle in the plane. The radius of this circle is the inverse of its curvature. Now, ...
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### How to determine a point is outside or inside

How could I determine a point is outside or inside of a domain with variable raduis. like this: $$x(t)=(0.3+0.2(\sin3t))\cos t$$ $$y(t)=(0.3+0.2(\sin3t))\sin t$$ where 0$\leq t< 2\pi$. I tried ...
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### Shortest closed loop containing all extreme points of a convex set

Suppose $S\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is compact and convex. Suppose $\Gamma:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ is a continuous map with $\Gamma(0)=\Gamma(1)$. Suppose $\Gamma$ passes through all extreme points of $S$. ...
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### Minimum distance from curve

I was thinking about the following problem: Let $\gamma \subset \mathbb R ^2$ be a curve that admits a $C ^{\infty}$ regular parametrization. Is it always possible to choose an open set $E$ ...
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### How to see and proof that the hyperbola as a constant difference of distances holds for $\frac{1}{x}$?

I understand that a hyperbola can be defined as the locus of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distance to the foci is $2a$, which is the distance ...
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### $d_pf :T_p(S_1)\to T_{f(p)}(S_2)$ is a linear map for any $p\in S_1$

If $f: S_1\to S_2$ is a smooth map betweentwo regular surface $S_1$ and $S_2$, then $d_pf :T_p(S_1)\to T_{f(p)}(S_2)$ is a linear map for any $p\in S_1$ I cannot prove this statement. I think that ...
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### Inverse of a pythagorean hodograph curve.

I'm trying to solve this question about pythagorean hodograph curves: If $\alpha$ is a Pythagorean hodograph curve, and $\alpha(t)\neq(0,0)\;\forall t$, then the curve $\frac{1}{\alpha(t)}$ is also a ...
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### Curve described by a point inside an ellipse

It's well known that a point inside a circle rotating on a line describes a trochoid of parametric equation: $$x=c_0\phi-c_1\sin(\phi)$$ $$y=c_2-c_3\cos(\phi)$$ in which the constant ...
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### In how few points can a continuous curve meet all lines?

Inspired by this (currently closed) question, I'm wondering about a related topic: given that we have a continuous parametric curve (that is, a curve of the form $(x=x(t), y=y(t))$ for ...
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### Areas and Volumes using integrals [closed]

I am practising for an engineering calculus exam from past year papers. My main problem topic is Integration. My exam is in one day and I need help on how to find areas and volumes of graphs using ...
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### Minimize the sum of distances between two point and a circle

Let's $A$,$B$ and $O$ be random point in a plane, such that they are not colinear. Let's $c$ be a circle centered on $O$, such that points $A$ and $B$ are outside of it. Find a point $X$ that lies on ...
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### Support function of a convex domain

Let $Q$ be a compact, convex domain in the plane, with smooth boundary $\partial Q$. We further assume that the origin is contained in $Q$. For a concrete example, let's take an ellipse ...
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### Parallel to line on $f(x)=1+\sin(x)/x$

I want to draw a curve on the top of the function $f(x)=1+\dfrac{\sin(x)}{x}$, but the curve should be equidistant (perpendicular distance from any point of the function $f(x)=1+\dfrac{\sin(x)}{x}$) ...
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### Jordan curves, its interiors and the existence of a continuous function.

Let $L_t(s):S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2(t\in [0,1])$ is a Jordan curve, $O(t)$ is its interior and $H(t,s)=L_t(s)$. If $H$ is a homotopy from $L_0(s)$ to$L_1(s)$, is there exists a continuous ...
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### How can I find the points of intersection between the curves $r=1+\sin\theta$ and $r=1-\sin\theta$?

Find the points of intersection for the curve $r=a(1+\sin\theta)$ and $r=a(1-\sin\theta)$ My book says the answer is $(0,0),(a,0),(a,\pi)$. However I calculated $(a,0),(a,\pi),(a,2\pi)$.
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### Is it possible for a Jordan curve in the plane to enclose a set with area zero?

I read about the Isoperimetric Inequality the other day. It says that for any Jordan curve, $$\frac{4 \pi A}{L^{2}} \leq 1,$$ where $L$ is the length of the curve and $A$ is the area of the ...
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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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### Using equations to draw out complex objects

How do people come up with equations of curves to draw out complex objects? Some popular examples would include: batman curve & PSY curve. This stackexchange link explains the rationale for the ...
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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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### 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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### Determine the path that created by a sector of circle

ABC circle sector turns on ground (x axis) as shown in the figure. A is the center of the circle. $\angle{OAB}=\angle{OAC}=\alpha$ $|AB|=r$ $\cfrac{|AP|}{|PC|}=k$ The corners meet on point $H$ ...
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### Locus of points generates several very different curves. Closed form?

Consider, for the sake of simplicity, a circle $C$ centered at he origin with radius $a$. Let $F=(h,k)$ be a point not necessarily inside the circle. Let $M=(a\cos\theta,a\sin\theta)$ be a point in ...
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### Bézier approximation of archimedes spiral?

As part of an iOS app I’m making, I want to draw a decent approximation of an Archimedes spiral. The drawing library I’m using (CGPath in Quartz 2D, which is C-based) supports arcs as well as cubic ...
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### Looking for the curve traced by a moving bicycle when its steering wheel is fully rotated

I am looking for a curve traced by a moving bicycle when its steering wheel is fully rotated either clockwise or anti-clockwise. How to model it mathematically? Is the curve a circle? My attempt is ...
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### Fireworks under inverse-cube gravity

What is the path of a projectile under an inverse-cube gravity law? Imagine that the law of gravity was changed overnight from $F(r) = G m_1 m_2 / r^2$ to $F(r) = G' m_1 m_2 / r^3$. To be ...
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### Where do people learn about things like caustics, evolutes, inverse curves, etc.?

When I look up a curve on Wikipedia, I'll often see a lot of properties along the lines of "you can generate curve X by rolling a circle along curve Y and tracing the trajectory of a single point," or ...
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### Name that curve!

What curve will a kayak describe if the paddler aims her bow at an object on a distant shore ahead and keeps the bow pointing to that object as she paddles toward it with constant velocity, in the ...
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### Generalizations of equi-oscillation criterion

When constructing minimax (sup-norm) polynomial approximations of real-valued functions, well-known results say (roughly speaking) that optimal solutions are characterized by the fact that they have ...
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### How to find the parametric equation of a cycloid?

"A cycloid is the curve traced by a point on the rim of a circular wheel as the wheel rolls along a straight line." - Wikipedia In many calculus books I have, the cycloid, in parametric form, is ...
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### How to mathematically color the regions bounded by a parametric curve?

Usually, if an implicit equation F(x,y) = 0 defines a curve (or curves) on the x-y plane, then we can use the inequalities F(x,y) < 0 or F(x,y) > 0 to color the regions bounded by the curve (or ...
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### area bounded by spirogram

A circle of radius r rolls without slipping inside an n-gon of side length l. A curve C is traced out by a pencil through a hole a distance d from the centre. Initially the circle is in a corner with ...
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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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### Determining distance across face of bars following a curve

So I'm not much of a mathematician, and I've been trying to figure out how one would solve this real world problem I have. I have 2"x4" wood cut into squares (2x4x4). I am trying to figure out at ...
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### Difficult equations to rewrite as ellipses

I have this equality that defines an elliptic boundary. I am trying to rewrite it in the form of the equation of an ellipse, but I am having trouble doing that. How would I go about rewriting this ...
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### Segments on a plane, what curve do the intersections tend to?

In a Cartesian diagram, given a size $s$, suppose I create $m$ segments as such: I connect $(0,s/m)$ with $(s,0)$; $(0,2s/m)$ with $(s-s/m,0)$; ... ; $(0,s)$ with $(s/m,0)$. For example, if $s=4$ ...
What is the polar form for a superellipse with semidiameters $a$ and $b$, centered at a point $(r_0, θ_0)$, with the $a$ semidiameter at an angle $\varphi$ relative to the polar axis?