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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Approach to store result of intersecting $n$ planes

The equation of the plane is ax + by + cz + d = 0, where (a,b,c) is the plane's normal, and d is the distance to the origin. This means that every point (x,y,z) ...
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When is a curve smooth at points where $dy/dx$ does not exist?

The curve $y=x^{1/3}$ is smooth everywhere even though $dy/dx$ does not exist at $x=0$. Why? In general; Wherever $dy/dx$ does not exist on a curve, how can I show that it could still be smooth at ...
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When is the moment of inertia of a smooth plane curve is maximum?

Given a smooth plane curve $(x(s),y(s))$, parameterized in arc length $s$, of fixed finite length $L$, its moment of inertia about its center of mass (axis perpendicular to the plane) is given as $$MI ...
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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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Finding the orthogonal family of curves to a given family of curves. I am missing some.

Given the family of curves: $F(x,y,x_0)=0$ where $F(x,y,x_0) = (x-x_0)^2 + y^2 - R^2\ ,\ x_0 \in \mathbb{R}$ find the orthogonal family. This is my attempt: I first get the differential equation ...
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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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Moment of inertia about center of mass of a curve that is the arc of a circle.

Let $(x(s),y(s))$ be a smooth 2-d plane curve which is an arc of a circle of a certain radius $r$. Assume it is represented by an inelastic string $S$ of finite length, lying in a 2-d plane. Let there ...
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Solving (Frenet-Serret) differential equation system in Matlab

I'm about (trying) to solve the Frenet-Serret equation given by the known formulas, finding $e(s)$, $n(s)$, $b(s)$, where $e'(s) = \kappa(s)v(s)n(s)$ $n'(s) = -\kappa(s)v(s)e(s) + \tau(s)v(s)b(s)$ ...
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Curve is a submanifold

In our class today we said today that an 1-times continuously differentiable immersion $\phi:[0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ is a submanifold of dimension 1 if it is closed such that $\phi(0)=\phi(1)$ ...
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Equation of a plane (not sure if I got this)

When I was doing my calculus midterm, I came across a question that I didn't really know how to solve, I think I skipped over these problems in my studies. The question is: Find an equation of the ...
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Finding vector and parametric equations provided only one point.

Normally to answer these questions I have a point and one or two vectors. However, for this one I only have a point. How can I concoct these equations provided there is limited information? Find ...
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Can an involute gear profile be modeled with a Bézier curve?

In the context of a game, I want to draw gears. The most common curves available on the platforms I'm using are third degree Bézier curves. Is there an exact representation of the involute gear ...
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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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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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Hausdorff dimensions of smooth but non-rectifiable curves

Smooth curves of finite length have a Hausdorff dimension of 1. How about smooth but non-rectifiable (i.e. infinite-length) curves? Are they also of Hausdorff dimension 1, or does it depend on the ...
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Equation for this graph

I am trying to find an equation for the graph that crosses the Y axis at (0,100), X axis at (100, 0), is a curve with adjustable degree of "bending" and has an axis of symmetry y(x) = x. Here are few ...
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For which $L^p$ is $\pi=3.2$?

This is a silly question that came to mind after watching numberphile video on How Pi was nearly changed to 3.2. For which $p\in(1,+\infty)$ is the ratio of the perimeter of the $L^p$ disc in $\Bbb ...
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Show the curve $\alpha$ is differentiable and regular

Consider the map: $$ \alpha(t) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} (t,0,e^{-1/t^2}) & t>0 \\ (t,e^{-1/t^2},0) & t<0 \\ (0,0,0) & t=0 \end{array} \right. $$ a. Prove that ...
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Should a “good” equation divide the plane?

At the question Is there any equation for triangle? (MSE) the answer given by Henning Makholm received the most upvotes. Therefore let's define the following triangle function $H$ with (a,b,c) the ...
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Convex curve in R^2 pass through two point with fixed normal direction

Given two distinct point in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and two distinct normal directions what are some explicit convex $C^2$ curve (e.g. a map $[0,1] \to \mathbb{R}^2$ which satisfy many equivalent property) ...
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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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r(t) curve vector

Here's the problem: Integrate $f$ over the given curve. $$ f(x,y) = \frac{x+y^2}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}\qquad C: y=\frac{x^2}{2} \text{ from } (1,1/2) \text{ to } (0,0) $$ In the solutions manual it says ...
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Why is this not a space-filling curve?

From Wikipedia, a space-filling curve is a curve (i.e. a continuous function whose domain is the unit interval $[0,1]$) whose range contains the entire 2-dimensional unit square. Many examples of ...
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Question on the catenary

The catenary minimizes the potential energy of a cable and has equation $y - y_0 = A \cosh (\frac{x-x_0}{A})$. It is physically intuitive that the catenary is unique, but is there a mathematical ...
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Guilloché security printing — can it be cracked?

Money uses Security printing, and often uses Guilloché patterns. These curves are inscribed by wheels on wheels on wheels, ten wheels deep in some cases. For example, the back of the US $1 bill has ...
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Parametric equation of $x^y=y^x$ curve

What is the easiest/most natural way to parametrize the following curve? $$\{(x,y)\in\Bbb R^2\mid x^y=y^x, x\neq y\}\cup\{(e,e)\}$$ The best I could do was taking it apart, and for $x>y$ use ...
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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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multiple tangent lines to a plane curve

Suppose that $C=V(F)$, with $F\in k[X,Y]$ ($k$ algebraically closed), is an irreducible plane curve such that $P=(0,0)$ is a nodal singular point (or an ordinary multiple point according to Fulton's ...
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Computing a quotient of rings

Let $R=k[x,y]/(y^2-x^2-x^3)$ and $I=(x,y)\cdot R \subset R$. I would like to show that $$ \bigoplus_{i=0}^{\infty} I^i\,/\,I^{i+1} \cong \,k[x,y]\,/\,(x^2-y^2). $$ Could you please help me? Remark: ...
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Is this union of tangent spaces a known object in Algebraic Geometry?

Let $C$ be a family of smooth (all but one curve is smooth, I'll explain later) cubic curves in $\mathbb{P}_{\mathbb{C}}^2$ with the following property: given any two elements $a,b \in C$, the curves ...
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Genus of Edwards curve

Let us work over a field $\Bbbk$ of characteristic not equal to two. Let $d\in\Bbbk\setminus\{0,1\}$. It is said in the wikipedia article about Edwards curves that the plane quartic defined by the ...
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Definition of multiplicity of a point (in a plane curve)

In the book "Basic Agebraic Geometry I (third edition, 2013)" at page 14 Shafarevich says, about plane curves, what it follows: If $P=(0,0)$ and the leading terms (note:by leading terms I suppose ...
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Singular point of a plane curve: the geometrical meaning

Consider a plane curve $C\subset\mathbb C^2$ where $$C=\{(z,w)\in\mathbb C^2\,:\, P(z,w)=0\}$$ A singular point of $C$ is a point $(z_0,w_0)$ such that $\frac{\partial P}{\partial ...
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Osculating circles intersecting a given point

Well, the problem is a question in Montiel's book. How to prove that a planar curve $\alpha$ such that all osculating circles intersects a given point is actually a circle (or a part of it)? I've ...
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Coordinate rings of different curves, and what they're isomorphic to

I'm trying to teach myself about coordinate rings, and algebraic geometry in general, through examples, but I'm struggling a bit. Apparently the coordinate ring of $(t, t^2, t^3) \in \mathbb{A}^3$ ...
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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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Does every continuous everywhere but differentiable nowhere curve have an infinite length?

Given a curve $\!\,\gamma : [a, b] \rightarrow ℝ^2$ that is continuous everywhere but differentiable nowhere (or almost nowhere), is its length: $$\text{length} (\gamma)=\sup \left\{ \sum_{i=1}^n ...
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A simple exercice about curves. [duplicate]

Somebody can to give me a hint about this exercise? I don't know how proceed. I try to show that $\alpha$ has curvature zero, but I have no successfully. Prove that a curve $\alpha : I —> ...
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What is a the intuition behind a parametric equation?

I have always used equations for the line (y=a + bx) in R2. Recently I came upon this thing called parametric equations. I cannot grasp the difference between them and the equations for lines that I ...
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A Math function that draws water droplet shape?

I just need a quick reference. What is the function for this kind of shape? Thanks.
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Find lattice points on a planar curve

I have the following curve in the plane: $$y = \frac{c-x}{6x+1}$$ Given a constant value $c \in \Bbb N$; is there a technique(s) I can apply to find lattice points on this curve?
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why $x^2 = y^3$ is not smooth?

I read a definition of a smooth curve on the plane: A smooth curve is a map from $[a,b] \to \mathbb R^2: t\mapsto ( f(t),g(t) )$, where $f$ and $g$ are infinitely differentiable functions. According ...
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Straightness measure for smooth 2-d plane curves of a given fixed length

Consider a smooth, 2-d plane curve of given fixed length $d$. Any straight line of length $d$, is also a curve of this type. What i am interested in is, How straight a curve of a fixed length, is? In ...
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Conditions for a smooth parametric curve

A curve defined by $x=f(t), y=g(t)$ is smooth if $f'(x)$ and $g'(x)$ are continuous and not simultaneously zero. Why do we have the second condition(simultaneously zero)?
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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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Finding arc length and binormal vector for a given curve

Can somebody show me the arc length of a curve formula, and the binormal vector formula. The curve C with equation $r(t)=(\sqrt{3}\cos t,t,\sqrt{3}\sin t)$ How do you find the arc length from $t=0$ ...
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Why $\vec{r}$ is commonly use for vector equation?

I'm wondering why $\vec{r}$ is commonly use in mathematics (vector calculus, line integrals) and physics for denote the vector equation. Edit/Added clarification: I'm wondering why the letter $r$ is ...
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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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References for implicit [intrinsic - I remembered wrongly] co-ordinates

When I was at school I learned about "implicit coordinates" for curves in a plane. Essentially these mapped the path in terms of arc length $s$ from a fixed point, and direction of travel $\psi$ ...
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Non-linear function on $\mathbb{R}^2$ preserving the origin and maps lines onto lines?

Is there an $f:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ such that: $(0,0)\mapsto (0,0)$; and for any $a,b,c$ with $a^2 + b^2 >0$, the set $A=\{(x,y):ax+by=c\}$ is mapped onto ...