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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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 ...
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Detection of self intersection point of curve

What numerical procedure is be adopted to detect self-intersecting parametrized points $ [x(t), y(t) ] $ in $ \mathbb R^2 $ ? Observation : @ roots ( t= 2, t=-1 ) parabola has double value with ...
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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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s-shaped reverse logistic curve

Is there any curve that grows very slow at the beginning then growth picks up exponentially before hitting the wall. I need sort of reverse behavior of the logistic curve ...
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Equation for a Vinyl curve

This video seems to show an explicit map from the torus to $\mathbb{R}^2$. Does it factorize through the projection $\mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}^2$? What is the equation of the curve?
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Rotations at point of concurrency

$ L_1 = 0, L_2 = 0, L_1 + \lambda \cdot L_2 = 0 $ are equations of concurrent curves where $\lambda $ is an arbitrary constant. What is the geometric significance of $\lambda$? Does a curve ...
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derivative of closed parametric curve

Suppose, a parametric function $\beta:[0,1]\mapsto\mathbb{R}^2$ is a closed curve, that is $\beta(0)=\beta(1)$. For example $\beta(t)=(\sin 2\pi t,\cos 2\pi t)'$. Then my question: Is the derivative ...
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Prove using an example that there is no plane on $\mathbb{R}^3$ that contains every group of 4 points

Well, this is a homewrok question (which I know I should not be asking, but I cannot find an answer to this anywhere): The exercise is as follows: i) Find the equation of the plane of $\mathbb{R}^3$ ...
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determine unit outward normal vector on a curve

It is necessary for me to find unit outward normal vector for the curve: $$\gamma=(x(t),y(t))$$ where $$x(t)=(0.6)\cos(t)-(0.3)\cos(3t)$$ and $$y(t)=(0.7)\sin(t)+(0.07)\sin(7t)+(0.1)\sin(3t)$$ I ...
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Roulette (curve) parameterization

I was wondering about the parameterization of a roulette on Wikipedia. A roulette is a curve formed by a point associated to one curve as it rolls upon another fixed curve. Wikipedia says, if $f$ is ...
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Need help with Curves and parameterizations

I'm having some trouble solving a couple of problems: I know this one must be pretty easy but can't find the way to solve it. I need to find the arc length of a curve described by $ r=1- ...
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Intersection numbers of plane curves - constructing a counterexample.

There is the theorem that if $P$ is a simple point on a plane curve $F$, then for any plane curves $G,H$ we have $I(P,F\cap(G+H))\geq\min(I(P,F\cap G),I(P,F\cap H))$. I need to find a counter-example ...
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Gradient as Normal Vector Problem

Here's my problem: Use the normal gradient vector to determine the equation of the line/plane tangent to the given curve/surface at point P. $x^4 + xy + y^2 = 19$, P(2,-3) I know how to use the ...
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Gradient Vectors as Normal Vectors: How to Find D in Form Ax + By + Cz = D?

I've got a question that looks like this: Use the normal gradient vector to determine the equation of the line/plane tangent to the given curve/surface at point P. $x^4 + xy + y^2 = 19$, P(2,-3) I ...
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Finding the uniformising parameter of a DVR [duplicate]

I am looking to find the intersection number of the affine plane curves $F=Y^2-X^3+X$ and $G=(X^2+Y^2)^3-4X^2Y^2$, and I need to do it with the order function of the local ring of $F$ at the origin. ...
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It is physically intuitive that the catenary is unique?

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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Parameterized Curvature Problem

Massively deviating from the given answer on this one, have no idea what's going on. Find the curvature of the following function: x = 5cos(t) ; y = 4sin(t) ; t = $pi$/4 Formula for curvature is k ...
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Determine nodes inside a curve

Let $$x=0.5\cos(t)-0.3\cos(3t)$$ $$y=1.2+0.6\sin(t)-0.07\sin(3t)+0.2\sin(7t)$$ How could I know an arbitrary point is inside or outside of this curve? Also, another ...
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Functions that go up two and then down two

I'm trying to make a function that goes up two and then down two (kind of like sin(x) but without the curves). I keep drawing a blank on what I can do to even create this functions as I haven't done ...
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Curve fitting using a graph extracted from an article, is it possible?

I want to curve fit a graph from an article which I can only extract from the pdf file as a screenshot. Therefore, I do not have the coordinates of the data points explicitly, yet I know that the ...
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How to find the tangent vector to a curve at a special point

The two points $A=(x_{0},y_{0},z_{0})$ and $B=(x_{1},y_{1},z_{1})$ are given. The line segments $AC$ and $BC$ make equal angle $\alpha$ with the horizontal plane through $C$. The angle ...
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$dx$-notation in analysis

In the context of integrals and differential equations, often the symbol $df$ or $dy$ appears, where in some previous steps $f$ and $y$ were functions. What do these symbols mean $df$ and $dy$? ...
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Showing that a specific curve is regular.

Define the curve by $c(t):=(sin(pt)+r)(cos(qt),sin(qt))$ for $p,q \in \mathbb{Q}$ and $r\in \mathbb{R}$. Determine for which $p,q$ is the curve regular, i.e. $c'(t) \neq (0,0)$ for any $t\in ...
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Total curvature of a piecewise smooth planar curve

I am trying to show that the total curvature of a piecewise smooth planar curve $\alpha$ has the property that $\displaystyle \int_{C}\kappa $ $\text{d}s + \displaystyle \sum_{j=1}^{l} \epsilon_{j} ...
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Relative motion between line/circle

By rolling a (line,circle) on a fixed (circle, line) in $\mathbb{R}^2$, the locus of a point on the former is an (involute, cycloid). By what procedure can we inter-convert their parametric ...
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Is there a unique solution?

Let $\mathbf{v}:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a given continuous function and $t_0\in (a,b)$ a fixed point. Is it true that the following problem has a unique continuous solution ...
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Rolfsen exercise, chord theorem

Here's a problem from Rolfsen's Knots and Links that has me scratching my head: Show that there is always a counterexample to the "chord theorem" if $n$ is not an integer. [Hint: In attempting to ...
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Another type of primitive

Let $\mathbf{v}:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a continuous function, such that $\Vert\mathbf{v}(t)\Vert=1,\ \forall t\in (a,b)$. Find all continuous functions $\mathbf{r}\colon (a,b)\to\mathbb{R}^2$ so ...
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Another type of derivative, another type of differential equation

Let $\mathbf{v}:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a continuous function, such that $||\mathbf{v}(t)||=1,\ \forall t\in (a,b)$. Is it possible to find a continuous function $\mathbf{r}:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}^2$ so ...
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A curve is contained in a circle [duplicate]

I need to prove that if $\alpha: I\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{2}$ is regular with curvature $\kappa$, then $\alpha$ is on a circle with radius $r>0$ if and only if $|\kappa(t)|=\dfrac{1}{r}$.
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Tangent vector for a curve defined by a discrete set of points

I have a curve defined by a discrete set of points (x,y). How can I approximate the tangent vector at a point for such a curve?
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Chess Board Coloring of a Paper using an Arbitrary Curve

Pick a piece of paper and a pen. Put the pen on a starting point and begin to draw an arbitrary curve and don't withdraw your hand until you reached the starting point. You can meet your curve during ...
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Differential geometry: Conformal map

Let $f:\mathbb{R}_{>0} \times (0,2\pi) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ $$f(t,\xi) := (r(t) \cos( \xi) , r(t) \sin(\xi),z(t))$$ be a surface of revolution, where we assume that $r>0$ and ...
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How can I get a smooth distortion on a circle with a function g(x,y)

Let's say, $$f(x,y)=x^2+y^2=1$$ gives the unit circle. Now I would like to get a smooth distortion on the circle with a function $g(x,y)$. my guess is to consider the perimeter as one dimension, so ...
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Cusp singularity

What is the most general way of defining cusps singularities for a continuous curve $\mathbf{r}:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}^2$ and how can we define them? What are the minimum requirements for the curve ...
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Image of a locus via stereographic projections

Yesterday evening I was playing around in my head with stereographic projections and I've come up with this idea. Let $\gamma(t)=(x(t),y(t))$ be a certain curve on a plane. Define a new curve ...
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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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troublesome area problem

Calculate the area of the region of the graph bounded by: $$\begin{eqnarray} y &=& x \\ y &=& x^2 + 1 \\ y &=& 2 \\ x &=& 0 \end{eqnarray}$$ My final result is ...
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Is this Batman equation for real?

HardOCP has an image with an equation which apparently draws the Batman logo. Is this for real?
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Show that if $v_1$ and $v_2$ are any two vectors in this plane, then for any two scalars, $c_1v_1 + c_2v_2$ is also a vector in the plane

Let $a,\,b$ and $c$ be constants (not all zero) and consider the equation $ax + by + cz = 0$, which has a graph that is a plane that passes through the origin in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Show that if $v_1$ and ...