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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Differentiable, Parametrized Curve for Trace $y = |x|$

my professor gave practice problems for an upcoming midterm, and one is to find a differentiable parametrized curve with trace $y = |x|$ with $-1 \leq x \leq 1$. My thinking is that I should find a ...
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normal plane to a level curve [on hold]

$\ f(x,y,z)=(x^2 + y^2 - z^2, x + y + 2z)$ $\ C: f(x,y,z)=(1,0). $ Find the cartesian equation of the normal plane to C at $\ (1,1,-1)$ Where do I start here?
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Are all curves with equation of the form $(\xi x +n) \cdot x = \text{const}$ circles?

Let $x(t)=(x_1(t),x_2(t))$ with $t\in [a,b]$ be a smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and $\xi \in \mathbb{R}$ such that $$(\xi x +n) \cdot x = \text{const}$$ Here $n$ is the unit normal to the curve. Is ...
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Prove that for any piecewise smooth curve it is possible to find the parametrisation

Prove that for any piecewise smooth curve it is possible to find the parametrisation $\phi$ that is consistent with its length, ie. length of a curve segment between $\phi(a)$ and $\phi(b)$ is equal ...
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Geodesics on surface of revolution of regular curve

I was recently presented with this in differential geometry stating the following: Let us define the regular curve on the XZ plane as: $ \gamma (t) = (sin(t)+2,0,t) $ on XZ plane for $ t \in R $, ...
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Can a curve cross its asymptote infinitely many times?

Can a curve cross infinitely many times its asymptote? If so, is there a special name for this behaviour?
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Can a surface of revolution be built from a self-intersected curve?

I'm reading "Differential Geometry of Curves And Surfaces" of Manfredo Do Carmo. There's a point in his book about Surfaces of Revolution which confuses me a lot. Here is the part: The part ...
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Problem about curves. A particle is running along circumference $x^2+y^2=25$

I'm considering a problem about curves. A particle is running along circumference $$x^2+y^2=25$$ with a costant modulus speed compliting a turn in 2 second. I need to determinate the acceleration in ...
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What's so special about involute curves??

An involute curve (specifically, an involute of a circle) is very commonly used to define the shape of the teeth on a gear. Apparently this idea goes back to Euler. Why is this? What special ...
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Plane curves admitting several ways to seal it up by the disc

Let $\gamma:S^1\to\mathbb R^2$ be an immersed closed curve with only isolated transversal self-intersections. Say that $\gamma$ is sealed by the disc if there is an immersion $f:D^2\to\mathbb R^2$ ...
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Parametric problem with circumference and tangents

Given the circumference $(x-3)^2+(y-2)^2=13$ find $k$ where $k$ is a coefficient in the parametric equation $(k+1)x+8ky-6k+2=0$ of the lines passing through the points $A(0;4)$, $B(6;4)$, $C(1;-1)$. ...
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Calculating double integral $\iint_{D}xy\,{\rm d}x\,{\rm d}y$ where $D$ is the plane limited by lines $y+x=1$, $y=0$, $x=0$

I'm studying in preparation for a Mathematical Analysis II examination and I'm solving past exam exercises. If it's any indicator of difficulty, the exercise is Exercise 4 of 4, part $a$ and graded ...
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Intersection Multiplicity of Rational Plane Curves

Suppose I have two rational curves in the complex projective plane. I know their parametrizations, $<x_1(t),y_1(t)>$ and $<x_2(t),y_2(t)>$ I know I can use Grobner bases to find an ...
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How do you find the angle of intersection between two given polar curves?

How does one find the angle of intersection between two given polar curves? For example, between $a^2=r^2\sin(2\theta)$ & $b^2=r^2\cos(2\theta)$
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Are all rationally parametrized plane curves algebraic? How does one find their degree?

Suppose a plane curve is given parametrically by $x=p(t),y=q(t)$, where $p,q$ are rational functions. I originally assumed that this means that the parametrized curve is algebraic, i.e. that it is the ...
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Intersection point of the normal lines at α(t), α(t+h) converges as h→∞ given α is parametrized by arc lenght and it´s curvature is non zero

Let α(t):I→R2 be a curve parametrized by arc lenght and k(t) (curvaure) be non zero. Need to show the intersection point of the normal lines at α(t), α(t+h) converges to a point in the trace of the ...
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Does every graph have an algebraic form?

Let's say I take a pencil and start drawing a curve on $xy$ plane. The curve is continuous and for each value of $x$ there is only one corresponding value of $y$. So question that interests me is - ...
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Is this method of finding a “dual curve” correct?

I have a very limited exposure to projective geometry, but I'm having fun exploring the concept of duality. In particular I'd like to know if this naive method of finding a "dual" curve to a given ...
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Vector analysis: understanding formulas for normal and tangent

I'm studying a chapter on vector analysis and I don't really understand why the following equations are switched for the two situations. (My course is not in English, so I apologize if I translated ...
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Why is this the equation of the tangent plane?

I want to find the equation of the tangent plane of the surface patch $\sigma (r, \theta)=(r\cosh \theta , r\sinh \theta , r^2)$ at the point $(1,0,1)$. I have done the following: The point ...
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Problem with $arg(\gamma (t))$

I am see my notes about curves on complex spaces and I do not understand why it is so... I need help. I do not understand what way take to do it, I need someone explain slowly please, thanks
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Genus-Degree formula gives the wrong answer: ordinary points?

I'm trying to compute the genus of the normalization of the curve: $y^5=x(x-1)(x-2)$ Now I calculate the ramification points of the projection x: they are $(0,0),(1,0),(2,0)$ and they are of ...
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Is this the correct way to compute the blow up of a curve

I'm trying to calculate the blowup of the curve $y^5=z^2-3z^3+2z^4$ at $(0,0)$ We have the relation $Ay=Bz$, now I split it into two charts: The first chart$(y,a=A/B)$: ...
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Circle of radius of Intersection of Plane and Sphere

The plane $x+2y-z=4$ cuts the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2-x+z-2=0$ in a circle of radius? I tried putting value of y from plane in sphere but then I get a $zx$ term. How to proceed?
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Angle between tangent vector and point of a cardiod.

Consider the cardioid $\rho=2a\left( 1 - \cos \phi \right) $. Show that the angle between the tangent vector and an arbitrary point (different from the origin) of the curve is half the polar angle. ...
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When is $t \mapsto \gamma (t) = \big( (1 + a \cos t) \cos t, (1 + a \cos t) \sin t \big)$ simple and closed?

Show that $\gamma (t) = \big( (1 + a \cos t) \cos t, (1 + a \cos t) \sin t \big), t \in [0, 2\pi]$, where $a$ is a constant, is a simple closed curve if $|a| < 1$ , but that if $|a| > 1$ its ...
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Image of a circle under conformal map $1/z$

The image of a circle under conformal map $1/z$ should be a circle, but how to prove it (or how to find the relationship between the two circles)? $z = x + iy = d + a\exp(i\theta)$, where $a$ is the ...
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Finding a parametric form for the locus of points for a vanishing determinant

I need to find the locus of points in the real $(x, y)$ plane, in parametric form, satisfied by the equation \begin{equation}\det\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1\\ 1 & 0 & ...
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Relationship between discriminants and smoothness of curves

My understanding of the use of the discriminant in elliptic curve theory is to test whether an elliptic curve in Weierstrass normal form over a field not of characteristic either 2 or 3, $y^{2} = ...
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Basic plane question, finding a plane traveling through the heads of 3 given vectors.

Find the equation for the plane passing through the heads of the three given vectors (2, 2, 0) (−1, 2, 1) (1, 1, 4) If I was given 3 points, I know how to do this. Simply find AB x AC and plug one ...
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Quick question regarding wording of a homework question

Find the equation for the plane passing through the heads of the three given vectors (2, 2, 0) (−1, 2, 1) (1, 1, 4) Is this just another way of asking what is the plane passing through these ...
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Rational maps between affine varieties

If I want to check that the map $$\phi:C_1\rightarrow C_1,\hspace{0.5cm}\phi(x,y)=(\phi_1(x,y),\phi_2(x,y))$$ between two affine plane curves is rational I just should check that $\phi_1$ and ...
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Find real constants $c$ and $k$ such that $y=cx^k$ passes through point $(a, b)$ with slope $m$

In the Cartesian plane, can a power function of the form $y=cx^k$ (where $c>0$ and $k>1$, not necessarily an integer) be found such that its graph passes through any arbitrary point $(a, b)$ ...
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Find the angle between two planes using their normal vectors

The angle between two intersecting planes is defined to be the angle between their normal vectors. Find the angle between the planes $x – 2y + z = 0$ and $2x + 3y – 2z = 0$. Find the parametric ...
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Normal to a parametric curve: $x=2t+3$, $y=2/t$ [closed]

A curve is given by the parametric equations $x=2t+3$, $y=2/t$. Find the equation of the normal at the point on the curve where $t=2$. I honestly do not understand how to do this question.
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Does a plane curve with polar equation $r=\lambda_1\cos^2\theta+\lambda_2\sin^2\theta$ have a name?

Does a plane curve with polar equation $$r=\lambda_1\cos^2\theta+\lambda_2\sin^2\theta$$ where both $\lambda_i>0$ have a name? It's very similar to hippopede, also known as lemniscate of Booth, ...
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Find the Equation of the Envelope of a Family of Line (Plane) Segments

Consider the first quadrant in the $OXY$ plane in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Point $O$ is the origin and the points $P$ and $Q$ are chosen on the $y$-axis and the $x$-axis, respectively as it is showed in the ...
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Find an equation for the plane tangent to $2x^2+3y^2−z^2=4$ at $(1,1,−1)$

Find an equation for the plane tangent to $2x^2+3y^2−z^2=4$ at $(1,1,−1)$ So I started by taking the partial derivative for each term. $\frac{\partial}{dx}=4x$ $\Rightarrow$ $f_x(1)=4$ ...
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For all unit vectors $\mathbf u$ and a positive definite $\mathbf C$, what surface do vectors $\mathbf u \mathbf u^\top \mathbf C \mathbf u$ form?

Let $\mathbf C$ be a positive-definite $k\times k$ matrix. For all vectors $\mathbf u\in \mathbb R^k$ of length $\|\mathbf u\|=1$, consider vectors $\mathbf {uu}^\top\mathbf{Cu}$; they form a surface ...
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Convexity criterion for piecewise regular planar curves

A theorem of classical differential geometry states, that a simple, closed and regular $\mathcal{C}^2$-curve $\gamma:[0;1]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ is convex, iff its signed curvature doesn't change sign. ...
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What is the circumference (arc length) of $x^4 + x^2 + y^4 + y^2 = 2$?

Consider $$x^4 + x^2 + y^4 + y^2 = 2$$ It is a smooth non-intersecting circle like curve in the plane. A bit like a Hyperellipse. See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superellipse What is the ...
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Divergence in Definition of Laplace-Beltrami Operator

I am trying to derive an explicit formula for Laplace-Beltrami operator in global Cartesian coordinates for a special case of plane curve. I have found this article, and I would like to match their ...
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Finite open covers of a complex $C^{(1)}$ curve.

Consider a complex curve $\gamma \subset \mathbb{C}$, parametrized by $\alpha: [a,b]\to \mathbb{C}$, with $\alpha \in C^{(1)}$. Further, consider an finite open cover $\Phi$ of $\gamma=\alpha([a,b])$. ...
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Rotation of a Line Intersecting the Curve $y = x – \log(x)$ as $x \rightarrow \infty$.

Let a straight line ("line 1") in the $xy$-plane have one end fixed at the origin $(0,0)$, and the other at a variable point $(x, x – \log(x))$ on the curve $y = x – \log(x)$. The domain of $x$ is the ...
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Set-theoretic equality in double dual graph

Someone in the math fandom on tumblr was explaining the concept of a dual graph, and he was asked a tough question: Is the dual of the dual [equal to] the original graph always, or just ...
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The meaning of $\frac{dy}{dx}$ for an implicit curve $F(x, y) = c$ at a point which is not at the curve

What is the meaning of $\frac{dy}{dx}$ for $$xy^2 + x^2 - \frac{y}{x} = 2$$ at the point $(1,1)$ which is not at the curve? I know if the point is on the curve the derivative is the slope of the ...
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Demand Curve Spreading/Expanding

I have a data set of sales by by month for a given season which is 6 months long. I can easily calculate the % of sales by month to the total to establish a demand curve or sale contribution by month. ...
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How One Can Find the Envelope from Parametric Equations?

How to generally find singular solution or envelope of a two parameter family of curves $ x(u,v),y(u,v) $ in the plane? The parametric equations $$x(u,v) = \cos^2 (u) \cos (v) + \cos (u) \sin (u) ...
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How can I plot curves relative to other curves?

Suppose I have a curve – say a sine curve y=sin(x) Now I want to draw a second curve, y = ½sin(x), but relative to the first – so it has the first one as a “baseline”. I don’t mean just adding the ...
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If three points on a quadric surface then the line going through them is contained in the quadric

I am having trouble understanding a step in my Professor's Lecture notes She shows that Lemma 2.2.4 Let $P_1,\ldots,P_5$ be distinct points in $\mathbb{P}_k^2$. There exists a conic in ...