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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to draw a family of curves and its envelope?

Given a family of curves $$F=(x-t)^2+y^2-\frac{1}{2}t^2,$$ I am trying to compute the envelope of this family. The envelope is described by the equations $$F=0, \\ \dfrac{\partial F}{\partial t} ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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Do line integrals along non-piecewise-smooth curves exist?

This article at Wolfram Mathworld has the following theorem on conservative vector fields: Theorem. The following conditions are equivalent for a conservative vector field $ \mathbf{F} $ defined ...
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Pull-back of regular map and rational function field

I don't understand what I'm missing in this example. Let $X=V(X_1^2+X_2^2-X_0^2)$ the circle in $\mathbf{P}^2_k$, being $k$ an algebraically closed field. Let be also $f:X\longrightarrow ...
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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 ...
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Determining the curvature of $y=Asin(bx)$

I am asked to determine the curvature of $y=Asin(bx)$. Unfortunately, I don't think I am on the right track. So the curvature of a curve is: $\kappa = \frac{1}{\lvert \vec{V}\rvert}\lvert ...
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Embedding a $deg \geq 4$ curve in $\mathbb{P}^2$

Reading the paper by Kollar "The structure of algebraic threefolds", among some examples he does talking about intrinsic and extrinsic geometry over $\mathbb{C}$, he mentions that "an irreducible ...
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Calculating equidistant points around an ellipse arc

As an extension to this question on equiangular fisheye distortion, how can I calculate equidistant points around an ellipse (or 1/4 segment of) given it's aspect ratio? When it's circular, I can use ...
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For which functions $r$ is the curve $r(t)(\cos t,\sin t)$ regular or unit speed?

Decide conditions on smooth function $r$ such that $\nu$ is a regular curve and decide functions $r$ for which $\nu$ has speed $1$. Let $r: \mathbb R \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a smooth function ...
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Isomorphism from $\mathbb{R}^2$ to $\mathbb{D}$ such that lines become circular arcs

I'm currently working on a hobbyist math project that require taking lines on an infinite plane, and projecting them onto a finite (euclidean) surface such that intersections are preserved. Does ...
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Laplacian discretization for parametric curves

I know how to compute the discrete Laplacian of a graph and of a mesh (the Laplace-Beltrami operator). Is there an analogous definition for the computation of the Laplacian of a parametric curve ? ...
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How to explain why a curve is on a cylindrical surface?

The question may be a bit general but I'm unsure about how to define it. I have a curve: $\vec r(t) = (2\cos(t),2\sin(t), 2t)$, for $0\le t \le 2\pi$, The problem I'm trying to pose : "Show that ...
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critical point for the curvature does not correspond to a local maximum/minimum.

Draw an example where a critical point for the curvature does not correspond to a local maximum/minimum Does the curve for infinity sign satisfy this? I am having trouble seeing why it's true, if of ...
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The Cusp $w^2 + p(z,w)=0$ is desingularizable in the origin $O \in \mathbb{C}$

I have just studied a method in projective geometry over complex numbers on how to desingularize a curve in a point but i'm a little bit confused. I don't know the name of this classical method in ...
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Parameterizing the path of a point on a circle rolling on another circle

Problem: A wheel of radius $a$ rolls on the outside of a circle with radius $b$ (see figure). Find the parameterization for the curve a point on the wheel follows. You may choose freely how you ...
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The Point of Tangency Between a Sphere and a Tangent Plane

Find the equation of the sphere centered at (2,0,-3) that is tangent to the plane x=y. What is the point of tangency? Describe the interior of the sphere with an inequality. What I have thus far: ...
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Points at infinity correspond to asymptotic slopes

Let $ P^2\mathbb{C} = \{ [a, b, c] | a,b,c \in \mathbb{C}^* \} $ the complex projective plane. So $ [a,b,c] \sim [x,y,z] $ iff $ \exists \lambda \in \mathbb{C}^* \colon \lambda(a,b,c) = (x,y,z) $. In ...
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Fourier transform for a 2D curve

I am stuck on the following problem about a Fourier transform of a 2D curve: I have to calculate the Fourier transform (using 1D complex FT) (and the opposite of it) for a 2D curve z(t). The curve is ...
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Equation of a vertical plane given $2$ points

A vertical plane passes through points $(1, -1, 1)$ and $(2, 1, 1)$. With three points on a normal plane, I just found two vectors and found the normal by cross-product of the vectors, but I'm not ...
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Circumference of a superellipse?

Could someone help me formulate the circumference of a superellipse? $$\frac{x^n}{a^n} + \frac{y^n}{b^n} = 1$$ If it makes things easier, I'm considering only the cases $n>2$, and ...
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Focus of a rolling parabola traces a catenary - geometric explanation

It is known that the focus of a rolling parabola along the x-axis traces a catenary. I'm interested in a geometric explanation. But I don't get why $\cos \angle PFK = \frac{dx}{ds}$. Can someone ...
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Degree of min distance function between two algebraic curves

Suppose I have two algebraic curves $C_1$ and $C_2$ in the plane. I would like to find the minimum distance between the two curves. If the two curves have degrees $n_1$ and $n_2$, what is ...
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How can I accurately depreciate a set of elements?

I have the following function to determine the value $v$ of an element: $$a =\space\text{age in days} \\ v = a\left(\frac{-1}{730}\right)^\frac{5}{8} + 1$$ My intention is for each element, ...
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Arc Length Formulas

Use the arc length formula to find the arc length of the upper half of the circle with center at $(0,0)$ and radius $3$. Also, find the arc length of the curve in the first question by using ...