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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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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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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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An almost straight curve with infinite curvature?

I played around with computing the curvature of some curves, and found this weird example that is driving me nuts. Consider the following (B├ęzier) curve (on a plane, the first point is $[-1,0]$): ...
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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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Can closed curves have small curvature?

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 ...
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Curvature of planar implicit curves

I am trying to understand how the curvature equation $$\kappa = -\frac{f_{xx} f_y^2-2f_{xy} f_x f_y + f_x^2 f_{yy}}{(f_x^2+f_y^2)^{3/2}}$$ for implicit curves is derived. These curves arise from ...