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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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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Curve fitting: How to identify the appropriate function for a beat-like phenomena?

I have a time series data which shows some beat like behaviour. The envelope does not look exponentially decreasing, as it is impossible from a physics point of view. The envelope is likely to be a ...
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Proof of the formula that computes the genus of smooth projective plane curve

I was searching for a proof of the formula that computes the genus of a smooth projective plane curve of degree $d$: $$g = \frac{(d-1)(d-2)}{2}$$ which do not make use neither of triangulation or ...
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Dichotomy in the number of regions on a plane formed by an infinite number of lines

I'm reading Knuth's Concrete Mathematics and we are dealing with recurrence relations. He proves that the number of regions $L_n$ formed by $n$ lines on a plane is $L_n=\frac{n(n+1)}{2}$. I don't ...
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What is the rotation index of a figure 8?

Is it 0 since the total turning angle covers one clockwise circle and one counterclockwise circle thus making the total 0 and the rotation index 0?
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Existence and uniqueness of a point with horizontal tangent in a convex curve

I had a look on the proof by E. Schmidt of the Schur's Theorem about arcs of convex curves. It states the following: Let $C$ and $C'$ be two arcs of the same length with the endpoints $a,b,a',b'$ ...
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Normal and tangent vectors to a curve

Assume we have a displacement field $u=u(x,z)=(u_x(x,z), u_z(x,z)))$ which takes the point $R=(x,z)$ to $r=R+u=(x+u_x(x,z), z+u_z(x,z))$. We want to find the tangent and normal to the curve which was $...
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3D Denjoy–Riesz theorem

The Denjoy–Riesz theorem states that every totally disconnected subset of $\Bbb R^2$ is the subset of a Jordan arc. Is this true in $\Bbb R^3$? Originally I thought Antoine's necklace would be a ...
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Curve equidistant to sine and cosine.

If I have the sine and cosine curves plotted, what would be the formula of the curve that is equidistant to both curves? Here's a picture of how it looks like. The original question comes from a ...
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Can someone explain the detail of the proof (rectifiable curve)

Curve $C$ in the plain, \begin{align} C:= \begin{cases} x=\phi(t) \\ y=\psi(t) \end{cases} \quad, \quad a \le t \le b \end{align} The graph of C is $\{(x, y): x=\phi(t), y=\psi(t), a\le t\le b\}$ $\...
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Understand if a curve is parametrized by arc length or not

Show that the curve $$\alpha(t)=(t,1+\frac{1}{t},\frac{1}{t}-t), \quad t\in(0,\infty)$$ is a plane curve. I know $\tau$ must be zero for curve being plane. However, I want to determine the ...
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Prove this : $\left(a\cos\alpha\right)^n + \left(b\sin\alpha\right)^n = p^n$

I have this question: If the line $x\cos\alpha + y\sin\alpha = p$ touches the curve $\left(\frac{x}{a}\right)^\frac{n}{n - 1} + \left(\frac{y}{b}\right)^\frac{n}{n - 1} = 1$ then prove that $\left(a\...
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Find the highest point on curve defined by intersection of the graph of $g(x,y) = \sqrt{xy}$ and plane $x+y-1=0$

So far this is what I have done: $$F(x,y) = \sqrt{xy} + λ(x+y-1) =0$$ $$F_x = \frac12(xy)^\left(\frac{-1}{2}\right).y + λ=0$$ $$F_y = \frac12(xy)^\left(\frac{-1}{2}\right).x + λ=0$$ $$Fλ = x+y-1=0$...
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use of wolfram in determining area between two curves

I am new to the use of Wolfram (that for the limited cases I have used is very impressive). However I wonder if anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong. I wanted to calculate the area between the two ...
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Can every possible curve be expressed mathematically [closed]

Can every possible curve/parabola shown on a graph (for example $x^2$ or somthing much more complicated) be expressed in an equation like $y=x^2$. Or are there some lines you can't express?
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On a formulation in Hilberts original paper about the space-filling Hilbert curve

I have a question on the famous paper Über die stetige Abbildung einer Linie auf ein Flächenstück (which translates roughly as On the continuous mapping of a line onto a square) by D. Hilbert. Let the ...
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Is there a plane filling function calculator online?

I recently read about the "Hilbert Curve" and found it very interesting. Does anyone know of a place online where I could extrapolate different shapes and explore this field of mathematics?
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Boundary of faces of plane graph

Theorem. Let $G$ be a plane graph with at least 3 edges drawn on $\mathbb{R}^2$. Then every face of $G$ is bounded by at least 3 edges. We define vertices to be points in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and an edge ...
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The circle does not intersect the unbounded component of $\mathbb{R}^2 \setminus C$

We get the following problem in our differential geometry class. Let $ C $ be a smooth, non-degenerate simple closed curve traveling counterclockwise. Suppose that the curvature $ \kappa $ of C is ...
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Polar forms of algebraic curves & surfaces

A paper I'm reading says the following ... With homogeneous coordinates $\mathbf{x} = [x,y,z,w]$, let $F(\mathbf{x}) = 0$ be the equation of a surface of degree $n$. The first polar form of $F(\...
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Smoothness of solutions of the curve shortening flow given bounded curvature

I've been looking at the Lemma 1.5 of The Heat Equation Shrinks Embedded Plane Curves to Round Points (here), where Matthew Grayson proved that Suppose that $\kappa$ is bounded for $t\in[0,t_0)$. ...
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Example of a periodic plane curve whose image is a triangle

I got the following problem as homework for my differential geometry class. Find a $ C^\infty $ function $ \gamma: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^2 $ satisfying (i) $ \gamma $ is periodic with period $ 3 ...
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Every point of Ext(C) lies on some tangent line to C

In our differential geometry class our professor gave the following problem as a homework problem: Let $ C $ be a smooth non-singular simple closed curve in plane. Prove that every point of the ...
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Manifolds: Showing a curve is given locally by a function $\phi_1$

Image link at bottom I'm not sure how to go about showing that $y=\phi_1(x)$ gives the curve $4y^3-3y-x=0$ locally. I may be able to show that $DF(a) = D\phi_1(a)$, but that doesn't prove it over the ...
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Finding the Euler parametrization of a curve

I have the following question as a homework problem for my differential geometry class: find the curvature and the explicit Euler parametrization of the ellipse $ \gamma(t) = (a \cos t, b \sin t) $ ...
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Reparametarize a curve to move a unit length

I'm interested in the general case when we have a curve $(x,f(x))$ parameterized by $x$ to find a parametrization $x=g(t)$ such that $ds/dt=1$ along the curve. So far what I came up: $$\frac{ds}{dt}^...
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The change of the angle of the gradient as moving along the curve

I'm given a curve $g = 0$ in 2D specified by g(x,y) = f(x) - y. The normal to the curve is the gradient of $g$ - $(f', -1)$. Now I want express the change in the angle $\theta$ of the normal as I move ...
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On the set of points “inside” a closed curve

consider the following: one has a simple closed rectifiable curve $\gamma$ in the plane, and there is a point $a$ such that for all $p\in\gamma$ the segment $\overline{ap}$ intersects $\gamma$ only in ...
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Converting all arcs to polygonal arcs in a plane graph

I am trying to understand a proof on the conversion of arcs to polygonal arcs in plane graphs, in the book "Graphs on Surfaces" by Mohar and Thomassen. In the book, an arc joining two points $x,y \in \...
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Maximum of the length of a curve and its curvature

I'm trying to solve this problem but I can't find any way to do it. Some hints or helps will be very useful and I'll be very thankful. The problem says: Let $\alpha : (a,b) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ ...
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Curve connecting two points in $\mathbb{R}^n$ passing through a hyperplane

Let $\pi$ and $\lambda$ be two distinct permutations of $1, 2, . . . , n$, and consider the points $p := (\pi(1),\pi(2), ... , \pi(n))$ and $r:= (\lambda(1), \lambda(2), ... , \lambda(n))$ in $\mathbb{...
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Punctured plane is not simply connected

Adapt the following definition of "simply connected space" (taken from Wikipedia): A space $X$ is simply connected if it's path connected and for any continuous map $f:S^1\rightarrow X$ can be ...
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Plane integral for continuous curves

I'm trying to understand complex path integral $\int_C f(z)dz$ for continuous closed curve $C$. Is it necessary that $C$ is rectifiable and not just generally continuous? Do we get all the ...
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Integers characterizing singularities of algebraic curves

The problem in the following : given an algebraic curve $C$, it's well-known that a smooth projective model of $C$ can be construct as the set of discrete valuations $v$ on it's function field $\...
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Unit normal vector at inflection point for any curve: Defined or Undefined?

Consider an arbitrary parametric planar (for simplicity) curve: $ \vec{r}(t) = f(t) \,\hat{i} \, + \, g(t) \, \hat{j}$ Differentiable twice over its domain. $ \vec{r'}(t) = f'(t) \,\hat{i} \, + \, ...
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Describe curves by words

I am trying to describe the general aspect of the following curves My ideas: The curves are continuous, and defined for positive values of x, and giving negative values. Have logarithmic growth (...
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Why do definitions of distinct conic sections produce a single equation?

I understand how to get from the definitions of a hyperbola — as the set of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distances to two foci at $(-c,0)$ and $(c,0)...
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Are involutes always regular?

Suppose the curve $\alpha:I \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ is an involute of a regular curve. Does $\alpha'(t)\neq 0$ hold for all $t\in I$?
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Is the evolute always a regular curve? [closed]

Is the evolute always a regular curve? (that is, the tangent vector of this curve is nonzero at any time)
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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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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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Examples of functions whose arc-length from the origin is given by their derivative

I'm looking for functions $y:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$\int_{0}^{a} \sqrt{1+\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)^{2}} dx = \frac{dy}{dx}\Bigg|_{a}$$ (this kind of feels like a calculus-of-...
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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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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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Equation of the locus of centre of the ellipse?

An ellipse slides between two perpendicular lines. To which family does the locus of the centre of the ellipse belong to?
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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 ...