Plane curves are continuous (or smooth) functions $\gamma\colon I\to\mathbb R^2$ from a real interval to the plane. Sometimes also the image $\gamma(I)$ is called curve.

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Existence of a Rectifiable Piecewise Smooth Path

Suppose you have $\gamma(t):[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ simple piecewise smooth, $\gamma(0) = 0$ and $\gamma(1)=1$. Does there exist $\eta:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$, another simple piecewise ...
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Find the maximum volume of the pyramid bounded by the plane and the coordinate planes?

Surface $\sqrt{c}=\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}+\sqrt{z}$ , $(c>0)$ I found that at $(x_{0},y_{0},z_{0})$ a tangent plane to the surface is : ...
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Intersecting convex figures

Take in the real plane a finitely long horizontal line segment and connect the two endpoints by a convex path, above the segment, with the property that the only extreme points of the convex hull of ...
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Not all tangents to a plane curve are bitangents

I'm struggling on a question from a previous qualifying exam, and I don't see a clean way to do it. Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ be a connected, 1-dimensional, real analytic submanifold, not contained ...
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Find the equation $ax + by + cz = d$ of the plane which has equal distance to the points $A(1, 2, 3)$ and $B(4, 5, 6)$

I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to compute this equation? Find the equation $ax + by + cz = d$ of the plane for which every point has equal distance to the points ...
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Plotting a Curved Plane

How would one go about plotting a curved surface? Can this be done if one were to obtain three equations, the same way a non curved plane is plotted?
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Piecewise Smooth Curve

Is the curve defined by: γ(t) = (t,t) for 0≤t≤1 and (2-t,2-t) for 1≤t≤2 piecewise smooth? My logic says yes because one can break it into a finite number of smooth curves (two in this case), but ...
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Green's theorem and 'simple regions'

I'm looking through at my notes and couldn't understand why, in the notes below, there is a need to compute the curve C2 and C4. It's hard to see why isn't computing C1 and C3 a sufficient ...
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Characterizations of cycloid

There are several motions that create a cycloid. I have some examples here. Are there any others? Trace of a fixed point on a rolling circle Evolute of another cycloid (the locus of all its centers ...
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Equation perpendicular to 2 non-parallel planes

Good day sirs! Can you help me with this questions? Find the general equation of the plane: (1) Through $(3,0,-1)$ and perpendicular to each of the planes $x-2y+z=0$ and $x+2y-3z-4=0$ (2) ...
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2D trajectory in minimum amount of time given min/max acceleration per axis

I am having a little problem with determining a trajectory. I have a 2D curve, say $\{x(\lambda), y(\lambda)\}$ where $\lambda$ is not time; it is only a parameter that describes the evolution of the ...
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bending an arc to accommodate a constraint

I'm working with piecewise polynomial spirals: curves of the form $z(t) = z_0 + \int_0^t e^{i f(s)} ds$ where $f$ is a quartic polynomial determined by the tangent angles and curvatures at given ...
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Finding the equation for the tangent plane to earth given latitude and longtiude

I'm creating a program where I need to calculate the equation of the plane tangent to the earth at a given latitude and longitude. I used Projecting an Arbitrary Latitude and Longitude onto a Tangent ...
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How to tell whether a curve has a regular parametrization?

A parametrization of a 1-dimensional curve is called regular if its velocity is always positive. For example, the following parametrization: $$x(t)=t^3, y(t)=t^6$$ is not regular because its ...
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Curve with with curvature $k(s)\ge 1$ everywhere has diameter $\le 2$

Let $\alpha(s)$ be a simple closed plane curve. Define the diameter $d_\alpha$ of $\alpha(s)$ to be $$d_\alpha = \sup_{t,s\in\mathbb R} \| \alpha(s) - \alpha(t) \|.$$ Assume the curvature ...
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What's the area of the shape defined by all points whose distances from two focal points multiply to give the same product?

This shape, which I call the multiplicoid, is the equivalent of, and very similar to, an ellipse. However, instead of the distance between each point and the two focal points summing to a constant, ...
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The outer parallel (offset) curve of an ellipse [closed]

The inner edge of a track has equation $\frac{x^2}{a^2}+\frac{y^2}{b^2}=1$. The track has uniform width $d$. What is the equation of the outer edge?
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Find the length of the piece of this curve where $x \geq \frac{3}{2}$

Consider the curve C which is the intersection of the two cylinders of equations $e^z=x$ and $x^2+y^2=2x$. Find the length of the piece of this curve where $x \geq \frac{3}{2}$ I have done the ...
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The heat equation shrinking convex plane curves

In the article "The heat equation shrinking convex plane curves" by M. Gage and R. S. Hamilton, I didn't understand the following theorem: ...
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The curvature blows up

A curve evolves according to the evolution equation $\displaystyle\frac{\partial X}{\partial t}= k \times N$ where $k$ is the curvature of the curve and $N$ is the inward unit normal vector. Then ...
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Why do left and right switch when direction is reversed? [closed]

If I make a left turn during a trip, it becomes a right turn on my way back. Why is this?
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Measure of curve smoothness

Could someone please give me the intuition behind using integral of squared second derivative as a measure of curve smoothness? I was thinking that since curvature measures how fast a curve changes, ...
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Length of a curve in $\Bbb R^2$

How to compute the length of a curve given by the formula $$ f: (0, \frac{\pi}{2}) \ni t \rightarrow ( \cos^3t,\sin^3t) \in \Bbb R^2 $$ I know that the length of a curve in with image in $\Bbb R $ is ...
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what would a planetary orbit look like if gravity had constant magnitude?

Consider a unit-mass particle that is always experiencing a single unit-magnitude force towards the origin. This is a central force, but it is not one of the familiar ones, e.g. gravity whose ...
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Plane and Ellipse Intersection

Short Version: If some can solve the easier to read form as follows, I would be thankful. \begin{equation} B = \frac{1 - d^{T}Bd}{ K_{1} } A \end{equation} \begin{equation} B^{T}d = \frac{1 - ...
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How to calculate the area of a region with a closed plane curve boundary?

Under the conditions of Green’s Theorem, the area of a region $R$ enclosed by a curve $C$ is $$\oint_C x \, dy=-\oint_C y \, dx=\frac{1}{2}\oint_C (x \, dy - y \, dx)$$ I tried to use the result to ...
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How to convert the parametric equation into implicit form?

This problem is generated from another Green's theorem related question of mine. The original equation of the plane curve is not in rational parametric form. In order to calculate the symbolic ...
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Area of intersection of two Annulus

Given two separate annulus with centers $[C_1,C_2]$ and their corresponding radii being $[R_1,r_1]$ and $[R_2,r_2]$ respectively, larger radius being $R$. There are methods to look at whether they are ...
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Is circle the only Jordan curve with this property?

When I was thinking about one problem that has to do with Jordan curves the problem which I am going to describe now, arose in my mind. And here it goes. It is known that for every $n\geq3$ the ...
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Rectificable curve as a boundary of a convex set

Let $K\subseteq\mathbb{R}^2$ be a convex compact set. Is it true that $\partial K$ (the boundary of $K$) is a rectificable curve (i.e. it has length)?
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Curvature and Circumference of Circle

Theorem Let $\gamma\colon [a,b]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ be a unit speed simple closed curve, with $\gamma'(a)=\gamma'(b)$ and $N$ is the inward-pointing normal. Then $$ \int_{a}^b ...
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If $C \subseteq \mathbb{P}^2$ is a plane curve, then $genus(C)=\frac{1}{2}(d-1)(d-2)$. Compare with example in the notes

In my Algebraic Geometry notes (see http://www.mathematik.uni-kl.de/~gathmann/class/alggeom-2002/main.pdf) there is the following exercise: If $C \subseteq \mathbb{P}^2$ is a plane curve of degree ...
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what is the parametric form for “mystery curve”?

Mystery curve found here looks like this : Was given by the complex formula : $$e^{it} – \frac{e^{6it}}{2} + i \frac{e^{-14it}}{3} $$ Is the parametric form simpler or the polar form would be ...
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Tangent and normal vectors of a positively oriented curve

Given the equation of positively oriented curve $\mathbf{r}(s) = (x(s); y(s))$, we obtain $\mathbf{T} = ({dx \over ds}; {dy \over ds})$ (tangent vector) $\mathbf{N} = ({-dy ...
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Curves With Known Arc Length [closed]

I would appreciate if you could list as many (planar) curves with known closed-form analytical expressions for the arc length as possible. Please include formulas for both the curve and the arc ...
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How can we define a 'periodic' parametric curve which is not closed?

We all know that that the curve given by $\gamma (t)=(t,\sin t)$ has a repeated pattern, even though it's not a periodic curve. Can we generalize somehow the definition of a periodic curve so that ...
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How to sketch $-3x^2 - 8xy + 3y^2 = 1$ [closed]

The equation is as follows: $$-3x^2 - 8xy + 3y^2 = 1$$ How to specify the axis of the given curve? How to as accurately as possible draw a curve defined by this equation?
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Laplace-Beltrami on a Curve

Is there a way to write out Laplace-Beltrami operator explicitly for a sufficiently smooth plane curve given by implicit equation $\,s(x,y)=0\,$? If I knew knew the parametrization of the curve I ...
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Carto-polar curve

Is there any plane curve that has the same equation in cartesian as in polar coordinates? To be more specific, is there a function such that $f(f(x)\cos x)=f(x)\sin x, \forall x$?
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length of the curve $y=x^n$ in the unit square

Let $l_n$ be the length of the curve $y=x^n$ in $[0,1]\times[0,1]$. Then obviously $\lim_{n\to\infty}l_n = 2$. What about $\lim_{n\to\infty}(n(2-l_n))$ ? The formula $l_n = ...
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Are closed simple curves with that property necessarily circles?

This is a more interesting follow-up to the question Are closed simple curves with this property necessarily circles? Let $\gamma:[0,1]\to \mathbb R^2 $ be a closed simple $C^1$ convex curve and ...
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How to create animated plot of curve depending on parameter in WolframAlpha?

Is it possible to create in WolframAlpha an animated plot of a curve given by an equation, where some of the coefficients depend on the parameter (=on time)? For example if I would like to have a ...
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How to find center of a conic section from the equation?

If we are given a curve in the form $$ax^2+2bxy+cy^2+2dx+2ey+f=0$$ and the following determinant $$\delta=\begin{vmatrix}a&b\\b&c\end{vmatrix}=ac-b^2$$ is non-zero, then this is either a curve ...
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Solving non-linear second order differential equation: radius of curvature $= k \theta$

I'm trying to find any curve where the radius of curvature increases linearly with angular displacement. So in polar coordinates radius of curvature $= k \theta$ $$ \frac{(r^2 + r'^2)^{3/2}}{r^2 + ...
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Proving a corollary to the Jordan Curve Theorem

A Jordan curve is a continuous closed curve in $\Bbb R^2$ which is simple, i.e. has no self-intersections. The Jordan curve theorem states that the complement of any Jordan curve has two connected ...
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Roll one ellipse on another: Locus of center ever a circle?

Let $E_1$ be an ellipse fixed in the plane. Let $E_2$ be a second, possibly different ellipse, which rolls around without slippage outside $E_1$, touching perimeter-to-perimeter. Let $c_2(t)$ be the ...
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Definition of angle between non-differentiable curves

(Background: I am trying to understand the definition of angle-preserving function..I posted a question earlier but I still have doubts) My question is:how is the angle between two curves defined if ...
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Curvature and convexity of a plane curve

Let $\mathbf{r}:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a $C^2([a,b])$ regular curve. Is it true that $\mathbf{r}$ is convex if and only if its curvature $\kappa(t)\leq 0, \forall t\in [a,b]$ or $\kappa(t)\geq 0, ...
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Give an example of three different points in $\mathbb R^3$ such that there are infinitely many planes in $\mathbb R^3$ passing through all of them.

A past exam question. I'm not certain on the meaning. I assume it wants a $3$ points on a straight line, one which case there would be infinitely many planes passing through all of them. But that ...
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Consider the Plane Curve?

Consider the plane curve $$\gamma(t) = \left( \cosh(t) \cos(t), \cosh(t) \sin(t) \right), \;\; t \in \mathbb R.$$ Is $\gamma$ regular? If $\gamma$ is not regular, can you restrict the parameter ...