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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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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Sketching the image of a circle under a complex polynomial

I want to sketch $w = z^3 + z^2 - iz + 1$ for $|z| = 2$. Finding the relation between $U(x,y)$ and $V(x,y)$ is my main question. I found $V^2 = (U - (x^3 + x^2 + 1))^3$ but I don't know how to use ...
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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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Intersection of curves and constructing a plane

Can someone please help me with how to approach/solve this question? Show that the following pair of curves intersect, and construct a plane that is tangent to both curves at the point of ...
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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 ...
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Maximum number of intersection points of two different Bernoulli lemniscates

What is the maximum number of intersection points of two different Bernoulli lemniscates in the real plane? (Of course two identical lemniscates share an infinite number of points.) Here are ...
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Unique solution of a simple functional equation

Let $x,y:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R},\ a<b, a,b\in\mathbb{R}$ be two smooth functions ($x,y\in C^{\infty}([a,b])$). How can I prove that there is a unique function $\theta:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R},\ \theta\in ...
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Equivalence of focus-focus and focus-directix definitions of ellipse without leaving the plane

Take a look at the following two definitions of ellipse: For some fixed points $F_1,F_2$ and real number $2a>|F_1F_2|$ an ellipse is the locus of points $P$ such that $|F_1P|+|F_2P|=2a$. ...
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Planes And Lines

Given :Point $A(1,2,4)$ and plane $P: x-y+z+2=0$ How to find coordinates of point $A'$ the symmetric of point $A$ with respect to plane $P$
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Reparametrization with non-vanishing lateral derivatives

Let $\mathbf{r}:I\subseteq\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a $C^{1}(I)$ function, non-constant on any subinterval, such that $\forall\ t_0\in I$, the following limits exist: $\lim\limits_{t\nearrow ...
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Curvature in $\mathbb{R}^2$

Let $f(t) = (x(t),y(t))$, not necessarily parametrized by arclength. We define the unit tangent vector, $T(t) = (1/|f'(t)|)(x',y')$. Also the normal vector, $N(t) = (1/|f'(t)|)(-y',x')$, which is ...
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Why Are Fresnel Functions Used For Splines?

Why are Fresnel functions still used in the research and implementation of clothoid splines? They cannot represent curves of constant curvature, which has led to a lot of research/implementation ...
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Image of any curve can be parametrized without zero derivative [closed]

Let $\gamma :[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a $C^{1} ([a,b])$ injective application. Prove that there is another continuous parametrization $\rho:[c,d]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ such that the following two sets are ...
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What's the name of this wavy curve?

What's the name of the curve you get from changing the x or y frequency on what was previously a path around an ellipse? The equation would be: f(t) = (Acos(ut), Bsin(vt)) And it looks like a wavy ...
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Intersection of point normal to plane

Hi if I have a point p (red dot) and I have a plane P (yellow) how do I find the intersection of the point normal to the plane? thanks! enter image description here
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Fourier series for convex plane curves.

The following problem is from Stein's Fourier analysis. This problem explores another relationship between the geometry of a curve and Fourier series. The diameter of a closed curve $\Gamma$ ...
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Showing a limit is equivalent to the curvature of a planar curve

I've been working on this limit for a long time and just don't know how to show this. I tried representing h and d as vectors, but I cannot seem to accurately describe them. What would be a good ...
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A 4th grade curve meets a line in one point with multiplicity 4

Suppose a 4th grade curve meets a line in one point with multiplicity 4. Example: the lemniscate $(x^2 + y^2)^2 = y^2 - x^2$ meets the line $x=y$ when the condition $x^4=0$ holds. This shows that ...
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Finding curves with special constraints. How do i verify the answer?

Let $O$ be a fixed point on the plane. Find all curves $\gamma : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^2$ such that if $C(t_0)$ is the centre of the curvature of $ \gamma$ at $t_0$ then the angle $\widehat{ ...
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Finding the directional derivative parallel to an intersection of planes

We must find the directional derivative of $ f(x,y,z) = x^2 + 2xyz -y^2 $ at $ (1,1,2) $ in a direction parallel to the straight line $ \frac{x-1}{2} = y-1 = \frac{z-2}{-3} $ The straight line is an ...
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How to find tangent line given several variables

I have a question that I'm having difficulty on. I can solve these normally, but I'm having a bit of a challenge dealing with these extra terms: "Find the equation of the tangent line to the ellipse ...
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length of path travelled on $(t, \cos t, \sin t)$ from times $t = 0$ and $t = 2\pi$

Let the position of a particle in three dimensional space at time t be $(t, \cos t, \sin t)$. Then the length of the path traversed by the particle between the times $t = 0$ and $t = 2\pi$ is (A) ...
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Equation of a plane that crosses the axes at points equidistant from the origin.

Give the equation of a plane that crosses the axes at points equidistant from the origin. Explain your reasoning. I know the equation should be on a 45 degree angle looking towards the axis. I have ...
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Finding a local parameterization of a plane curve

I'm attempting to find a parameterization of $\frac{x_1^2}{a^2} + \frac{x_2^2}{b^2} = 1$. I find a tangent vector field: $X = \left( \frac{2x_2}{b^2}, -\frac{2x_1}{a^2} \right)$ (by taking the ...
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Determine the Winding Numbers of the Chinese Unicom Symbol

I'm practicing with Winding Numbers, and encountered an interesting example. You might be familiar with this liantong symbol, the logo of China Unicom: Suppose we make this into a fully closed and ...
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A point of infinite curvature on a curve

Let $\gamma(t)$ be a $C^r$ smooth curve in the plane. Suppose $r\ge 2$, so that one can define the curvature $\kappa(t)$ at $\gamma(t)$. For example, $\kappa(t)=0$ means that the curve is kind of flat ...
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Find the condition for a center of a circle with exactly one lattice point on its circumference

Statement Find the condition for a center of a circle with exactly one lattice point on its circumference (this lattice point must not be the only one lattice point of the disk) What I have ...
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Is it possible to join a set of points using multiple circular arcs to get a smooth curve?

I have a set of points on a plane, and I want to join these points using a circular arc between consecutive points such that the final curve I get is smooth (no sharp edges). Is this possible? If so, ...
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Finding $y$ In Calculus(Area) Problem? [duplicate]

Find the number b such that the line $y=b$ divides the region bounded by the curves $y = x^2$ and $y = 4$ into two regions with equal area.
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find travel time given path and velocity field

As I was studying refraction, I began wondering what path would light take when entering a non-homogeneous transparent medium, i.e. a certain material in which the refraction index $n$ varies ...
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If $0 < \theta < \frac{\pi}{2}$, then $\gamma$ is a logarithmic spiral

Let $\gamma$ be a plane curve parametrized by the arc length, having the property that its tangent vector $T(t)$ forms a fixed angle $\theta$ with $\gamma(t)$. Before explaining where I am, let ...
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Can we classify plane cubics, What are they?

There are four qualitatively distinct pictures of the plane cubics. What are the polynomials corresponding to them? I know two of them have special names: nodal cubic and cuspidal cubic with ...
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Find equation of plane

I have to find the equation of the plane that is perpendicular to the line $\overline{l}(t)=(10, 0, 4)t+(6, -2, 2)$ and passes through $(10, -2, 0)$. We know that a plane that has a perpendicular ...
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Direction of outward normal differential $\hat n\ ds$

In vector calculus, why is the outward normal differential $\hat n\ ds$ around a closed curve $dy\ \hat i - dx\ \hat j$? Why isn't it $-dy\ \hat i + dx\ \hat j$ or something else?
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Prove $\int_{[a,b]}f=\int_{[a,c]}f+\int_{[c,b]}f$

Let $a,b\in\mathbb C$ and $c\in[a,b]$. Let $f$ be continuous on $[a,b]$. Use the definition to show that \begin{equation} \int_{[a,b]}f=\int_{[a,c]}f+\int_{[c,b]}f \end{equation} Note: You should ...
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Multivariable Calculus: Intersection of surface and planes

I have this math problem: Let $S$ be the surface that consists of all points $(x,y,z)$ that satisfy the equation $x^2+y^2=z^2$. 1) What are the intersections of $S$ with horizontal planes ...
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Do Carmo DG Q. 1.7.2 finding the arc with a given length which bounds the largest area

I'm struggling with the following question for long. I tried to apply isoperimetric inequality $4\pi A\leq L^2$, but my attempt has been unsuccessful. Could anyone give me a hint? Let $AB$ be a ...
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Alebgraic curve and Riemann surfaces

How do we prove that any smooth complex algebraic curve $C\subset\mathbb{P}^2$ is a Riemann surface? Does there exist a complex version of the implicit function theorem?
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Deriving tangent plane equation from scalar equation of plane

There's one step in the derivation that I don't understand. I'll explain some of the derivation and then explain which step I don't understand. Begin with scalar equation of plane: A(x-x0) + ...
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Arc length of curve (regular condition)

I have a question regarding the defintion of arc length of a curve in $\mathbb{R}^n$. If $\gamma$ is a regular curve, the define arc length as $S(t)=\int_{t_0}^t|\gamma'(t)|dt$. Since $\gamma$ is ...
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how to prove plane $ax+by+cz = d$ has normal vector $(a,b,c)$

given a plane function $ax+by+cz=d.$ How to show that unit normal vector is $n = \pm(ai+bj+ck)/(a^2+b^2+c^2)^{0.5}$
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(hyper) elliptic curve in characteristic two and the Jacobian criterion

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic two and let $E$ be a curve given by $$ y^2=x*(x+1)*(x^2+x+1)*(x^3+x+1)\quad\text{or}\quad y^2=f(x) $$ Now we have $dy^2/dy=2y=0$ and consider the Jacobian ...
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Is simple closed curve homeomorphic to a circle?

For sure every curve that is homeomorphic to a circle is a simple closed curve, but is every simple closed curve homeomorphic to a circle? Is there a proof for that, or is there some topological ...