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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Prove that $z = tx + (1 − t)y$ if $d(x, y)= d(x, z) + d(z, y)$

Let $x,y,z$ be elements of $\mathbb{R}^2$ Prove that $z = tx + (1 − t)y$ if $d(x, y)= d(x, z) + d(z, y)$ d is usual euclidean metric.
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finding the closest distance between a point a curve

consider the curve $y=x^2$ what are the points on the curve that are the closest to the point $(1,0)$ using calculus I got the two points but what is the connection between normals and the closest ...
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What kind of a curve can represent a physical trajectory

It is very well known that conics, spirals, etc. can represent a realistic trajectories of point particles. However, a physical trajectory can also intersect itself, have a cusp, and other kinds of ...
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How to find a spirograph that approximates another curve?

A spirograph is a curve of the form $$\vec r(t)= \sum_n (a_n \cos b_n t\ i + a_n \sin b_n t\ j)$$. This class of curves includes things like epi/hypocycloids and trochoids, but also a number of other ...
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Trains describing a parabola

From the train station – the point S – originante two tracks, i.e. rays, which do not lie on a common straight line. Along these move two trains, which are line segments. On the first track a train is ...
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Why not use two vectors to define a plane instead of a point and a normal vector?

In Multivariable calculus, it seems planes are defined by a point and a vector normal to the plane. That makes sense, but whereas a single vector clearly isn't enough to define a plane, aren't two ...
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What is this kind of geometry called?

I want to get Cartesian coordinates of the points of a curve (e.g. a bezier curve) based on the distance (e.g length of the arc) from the start point on the curve. To make this more clear, suppose I ...
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Newton's Investigation of Cubics: Generalization?

I recently read about Newton's investigation of cubic curves, and how, like for quadratic curves we can classify them into parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas, Newton was able to classify cubic curves ...
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Finding the formula of a curve

Is it possible to find the simple formula for curves? For example, you want to plot the letter "A" , is it possible to find a formula to graph letter "A" on the coordinate system? To the best of my ...
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Find two planes which are parallel to each other, given that each plane contains a line (just a summary of the question)

Let L be the line through (1, 2, 3) and (3, 1, 2) and let L' be the line through (1, −1, 1) and (0, 2, 1). a) find Find the equation of a plane π containing L, and parallel to a plane containing L'. ...
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Why does the arc-length formula have form $\int_a^b\left|\left|\frac{d\vec{f}(t)}{dt}\right|\right|_2dt$ for C1 curves?

This discussion focuses on $\mathcal{C}^1$ curve on $\mathbb{R}^n$. But feel free to talk about the case where we only have a continuous curve or the scenario with a manifold with a metric in general. ...
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Give a closed plane curve C with k (curvature) > 0 that is not convex, Draw closed plane curves with rotation indices 0, 2, -2, and 3

1.) Give a closed plane curve C with k (curvature) > 0 that is not convex. can someone please explain these concepts to me. How can you have a closed plane curve like this? Do you used signed ...
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Finding family of curve for given asymptotes

I need to find possible curves, with asymptotes given as $x=0 (x \to -\infty)$ and $y=mx \hspace{0.5cm} m>0$. it is easy to find curves for individual lines, $y= \exp(-\lambda_1 x) + mx$ for $y=mx$ ...
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About the conditions in Jordan's Curve Theorem

In the original formulation of the theorem, it was stated that a Jordan curve separate the plane in two sets that is not path-connected. The formulation in Wikipedia is that the Jordan curve separate ...
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What is the Hilbert curve's equation?!

The Hilbert curve has always bugged me because it had no closed equation or function that I could find. What is its equation or function? For example, if I wanted to find the Hilbert's curve point at ...
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Is there a thing named a “spiral plane” which is a plane but it's spiral?

Hello, I'm wondering if there is such thing like this. Is there a plane which is not flat but spiral and extending for infinity? I have drawn a representation for what I mean but it's not thorough ...
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How to translate the polar curves up/down and right/left without referring to Cartesian equations?

If I have a polar equation $r(\theta)$, how can I translate it up/down and right/left? We can do this by converting the equations into Cartesian equations and do the translations we want and then ...
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Tractable indefinite integral of the exponentiation of some function

Consider the function $z(s)\in\mathbb{C}$ defined as $z(s)=\int_0^s \exp\left[i(q u+\lambda(u))\right]du$ for some $q\in\mathbb{Q}-\mathbb{Z}$ and $\lambda(s)$ a $2\pi$-periodic real differentiable ...
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Nontrivial solutions of $\sum\limits_{-\infty}^\infty\overline{a_n}a_{n+k}=\delta_{k0}$

Let $a=(a_n)$ with $a_n\in\mathbb{C}$ be a vector indexed over all $n\in\mathbb{Z}$, and consider the system of equations $\sum\limits_{-\infty}^\infty\overline{a_n}a_{n+k}=\delta_{k0}$ for all ...
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Cycles non-homologous but with the same winding number at each point outside?

Problem (Fulton's Algebraic Topology: A First Course, Problem 6.28) Can we find a closed set $X\subseteq\mathbb R^2$, such that there's a cycle $\gamma$ in $X$ not homologous to zero but for each ...
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A generalization of Jordan curve theorem to connected open sets in the plane

Problem (Fulton's Algebraic Topology: A First Course, Problem 5.23) Let $U\subseteq\mathbb R^2$ be any connected open set in the plane. If $X\subseteq U$ is homeomorphic to $[0,1]$, then ...
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Tractrix exercise

Exercise: Let $$\begin{align*}\gamma:(0,\pi) &\to \mathbb R^2\\ t &\mapsto \gamma(t)=(\sin t,\ \cos t+\log \left(\tan(\frac{t}{2}) \right), \end{align*}$$ be the parametrized curve of the ...
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Cycloid arc lenght question

I've parametrized the cycloid with the function $$\gamma(t)=(\cos(\frac{3}{2}\pi-t)+t,\sin(\frac{3}{2}\pi-t)+1) ; \space t \in [0,+\infty)$$ I am asked to find the arc lenght of the curve which ...
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Problem with calculating winding number in sum of curves

Let $$ \begin{align} \gamma= \gamma_1 +\gamma_2+\gamma_3,\\ \gamma_1(t)=e^{it}, t\in[0,2\pi] \\ \gamma_2(t)=-1+2e^{-2it}, t\in [0,2\pi]\\ \gamma_3(t)=1-i+e^{it},t\in [\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{9\pi}{2}] ...
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winding number of $\gamma$ and point exterior to $\gamma$

$$ \begin{align} n(\gamma,z_0)=\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_\gamma\frac{1}{z-z_0}dz . \end{align} $$ Is it safe to say that $n(\gamma,z)=0,\forall z \in \mathbb{C}\backslash \gamma^*$
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Problem in showing that contours $\gamma_2$ is equivalent to $ \gamma $

Let $\gamma_2(t)= e^{-it^2}, t\in[0,\sqrt{2\pi}]$ and $\gamma(t)=e^{2\pi it}, t\in[0,1]$ Show that $\gamma_2 \sim \gamma $. I think that for the latter to be true $\gamma_2$ should be ...
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Does $\gamma(t)=e^{it^2} , t \in [0,\sqrt{2\pi}]$ represent the unit circle?

$$ \begin{align} \gamma(t)=e^{it^2} , t \in [0,\sqrt{2\pi}] \end{align} $$ Is my thinking correct that $\gamma$ represents the unit circle correct?
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Image of a parametrised curve and its geometrical meaning

$\gamma_1(t)= t^2 + i\, t^4 , t\in [ -1, 1]$ which is the Image of this curve and / or what is the geometrical description of the set of points $ z : z=\gamma_1(t)$ I am helping a friend study ...
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There is at least one straight line that can bisect both the perimeter and the area of the curve. [duplicate]

Consider a closed curve of finite length. There is at least one straight line that can bisect both the perimeter and the area of the curve. Why is this statment true?
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The motion of the particle satisfies $\textbf{v} = \textbf{c}\times \textbf{r}$

Why is the path is contained in a circle that lies in a plane perpendicular to $\textbf{c}$ with centre on a line through the origin in the direction of $\textbf{c}$
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Finding the equation for a (inverted) cycloid given two points

If I have two points on a Cartesian plane, and I know that they are connected by a cycloid, then how do I find the equation for that cycloid? For background information, I have been playing around ...
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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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How is equation art created [duplicate]

A friend of mine sent me a Wofram Alpha link to a parametric curve that creates a detailed drawing of a game character. The parametric equation that draws it is about ~9 screens tall on my ...
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How to derive Jordan curve theorem for three arcs from the two arc version?

The Jordan curve theorem can be stated as follows: Let $p,q\in\mathbb R^2$, $p\ne q$ and $a,b$ be arcs between $p$ and $q$ intersecting only in the endpoints. Then $a\cup b$ divides $\mathbb R^2$ ...
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What is a French curve, as mentioned by Feynman?

I'm reading "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!", he says: I often liked to play tricks on people when I was at MIT. One time, in mechanical drawing class, some joker picked up a French curve (a ...
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A variational strategy for finding a family of curves?

In a recent question, I asked for examples of families of distinct smooth curves with fixed area and perimeter (which for this question I will dub as doubly-isometric). That wording allows $C^1$ ...
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Retrieve the initial cubic Bézier curve subdivided in two Bézier curves

I have a cubic Bezier curve subdivided to two cubic Bezier: Assuming that "t_cut" is the t value where this initial Bezier is cut: example of function subdivision(BezierCurve initialCurve, ...
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Constructing a family of distinct curves with identical area and perimeter

Two recent questions were posed by Arjuba [1] [2] asking for counter-examples regarding whether two different figures could have the same perimeter and area. Responders quickly raised a number of such ...
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Maximum area enclosed by a string attached at fixed points

Two fixed points A and B have a string of length L attached between them. Supposing that the string does not intersect the line segment AB, then the string and AB will form a closed figure. What ...
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Suppose $(x,y,z)$, $(1,1,0)$, and $(1,2,1)$ lie on a plane through the origin.

What determinant is zero? What equation does this give for the plane? I need some help here, am pretty stuck
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Intersections of two exponential curves in a plane

I am struggling to show that two exponential curves in $\mathbb{R}^n$ do not overlap except finite distinct points. Could anyone help me? Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ and ...
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Lattice Points in x-y plane

What are Lattice Points? Which points in x-y planes are Lattice Points? Is (m,n) a lattice point where m,n are any integers?
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Question on Moment of inertia about center of mass of a smooth plane curve.

This question is in continuation to this and motivated to answer this question. If I have an answer to it, then I can prove a special case of this question. Consider two smooth plane curves $C \equiv ...
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Two definitions for a smooth curve equal.

I've encountered these two definitions: 1. $\gamma\colon [a,b]\longrightarrow\mathbb{R^3}$ is smooth if all three derivatives exist and $\gamma^{\prime}(t) \neq 0 \;\; \forall t \in [a,b]$ ...
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Difference between containing point and pass through point?

I do not understand this, What is the difference between the equation of the plane containing the points and the equation of the plane through the point? Is it the same thing or are they different?
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injective curve inside curve

I am struggling to prove the following intuitive result: Take $\phi:[a,b]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{n}$ a continuous mapping with $\phi(a)\neq\phi(b)$. Then there is a continuous injective mapping ...
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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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Paths followed by Morley triangle vertices as apex moves parallel to base

Let the vertices of a triangle $T$ be $(A,B,C)$, and $(a,b,c)$ the vertices of its Morley triangle $M$. Designate vertex $C$ as the apex of $T$. Now move apex $C$ parallel to $AB$, all the while ...
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convex curve equivalent definition

I have seen two different version of definition of a closed convex curve in a plane: For a curve $r(t)=(x(t),y(t))$ 1.The whole curve lies on only one side of any tangent of the curve 2.Any ...
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How to estimate curve length from random points along a (possibly not connected) curve

I'm working with a closed, smooth, planar curve. I don't know the curve exactly, but I do have an effectively-random collection of points along the curve. What's a good way to estimate the curve ...