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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Show that $|\alpha'(t)|^2-1=0$ for any arbitrary parameter $t$

There is this supposed to be not so hard question but concept of re-parametrisation by arc length bothers me a bit. Let $\alpha:I\to R^2$ be a regular paramatrised plane curve (arbitrary parameter) ...
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For a regular parametrised plane curve $\alpha$, show that $\langle \alpha''(t),n(t)\rangle =- \langle \alpha'(t),n'(t)\rangle$

When I was proving some properties of regular parametrised plane curve $\alpha:I\to R^2$ which has a normal vector $n(t)$, I encountered the need to prove the following: $$\langle ...
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Help in showing that an evolute is the envelope of the normals to a curve

Let $\alpha:I\to R^2$ be a regular parametrised plane curve (arbitrary parameter), and define $n=n(s)$ and $k=k(t)$ to be the normal and curvature respectively. Assume $k(t)\neq0$, $t\in I$. In this ...
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Find a vector function represented by the curve of intersection?

I'm struggling with the following problem: Given $\, z = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2}\,$ and $\, z = y+1\,$ find the vector function represented by the curve of intersection of the surfaces using the ...
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Parametrization of Hyperbola

I "know" that a parametrization of an Hyperbola ($x^2-y^2=1$) is given by: $$\gamma(t)=(\sec(t),\tan(t)),t\in\mathbb{R}$$ I know that $x=\sec(t)$ and $y=\tan(t)$ is a solution of the equation. How ...
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When working with trochoids what does θ stand for?

These are the formulas with which you can draw trochoids. $x = aθ - b sin(θ)$ $y = a - b cos(θ)$ I'm trying to make trochoids but I got hung up on this symbol $θ$, what is it and how do I use it, I ...
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How to find a plane that is tangent to 3 spheres?

So there are spheres with radius of 1 centered at (1,2,0), (4,5,0) and (1,3,2). How can one find a plane that is tangent to all 3 spheres? Visually, it looks like as if the spheres are sitting on a ...
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Derivation of the formula for the vertex of a parabola

I'm taking a course on Basic Conic Sections, and one of the ones we are discussing is of a parabola of the form $$y = a x^2 + b x + c$$ My teacher gave me the formula: $$x = -\frac{b}{2a}$$ as the ...
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Fitting an ellipse to a point with the first and second derivatives specified

I am trying to fit an ellipse to the end of a curve, $y(x)$, such that first and second derivatives of the curve, $\frac{dy}{dx}$ and $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}$, are preserved at the contact point, $(x,y)$, ...
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move curve normal to itself

I have a plane curve given by $y = f(x)$. At every point on this curve, I construct a normal direction to this curve and move the point a fixed distance $s$ along the normal to a new point. What is ...
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bending an arc to accommodate a constraint

I'm working with piecewise polynomial spirals: curves of the form $z(t) = z_0 + \int_0^t e^{i f(s)} ds$ where $f$ is a quartic polynomial determined by the tangent angles and curvatures at given ...
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Existence of a Rectifiable Piecewise Smooth Path

Suppose you have $\gamma(t):[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ simple piecewise smooth, $\gamma(0) = 0$ and $\gamma(1)=1$. Does there exist $\eta:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$, another simple piecewise ...
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Find the maximum volume of the pyramid bounded by the plane and the coordinate planes?

Surface $\sqrt{c}=\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}+\sqrt{z}$ , $(c>0)$ I found that at $(x_{0},y_{0},z_{0})$ a tangent plane to the surface is : ...
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Fractal behavior along the boundary of convergence?

The complex power series $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{z^{n^2}}{n^2}$$ has radius $1$ (Ratio Test) and is absolutely convergent along $|z|=1$. Recalling something that my calculus professor (Ray Mayer, ...
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Laplace-Beltrami on a Curve

Is there a way to write out Laplace-Beltrami operator explicitly for a sufficiently smooth plane curve given by implicit equation $\,s(x,y)=0\,$? If I knew knew the parametrization of the curve I ...
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Not all tangents to a plane curve are bitangents

I'm struggling on a question from a previous qualifying exam, and I don't see a clean way to do it. Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ be a connected, 1-dimensional, real analytic submanifold, not contained ...
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Intersecting convex figures

Take in the real plane a finitely long horizontal line segment and connect the two endpoints by a convex path, above the segment, with the property that the only extreme points of the convex hull of ...
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A nonplanar closed curve such that the plane curve with the same curvature as function of the arclength is not closed

Find a non plane, closed curve such that the plane curve with the same curvature as function of the arclength is not closed. Been thinking a lot in this problem and haven't got a clue. Any ...
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Find the equation $ax + by + cz = d$ of the plane which has equal distance to the points $A(1, 2, 3)$ and $B(4, 5, 6)$

I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to compute this equation? Find the equation $ax + by + cz = d$ of the plane for which every point has equal distance to the points ...
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fixed point projective geometry

I am thinking about the following: Let $\sigma:\mathbb C P^n\rightarrow\mathbb C P^n$ be a projectivity with $\sigma\circ\sigma=id_{\mathbb C P^n}$. I define the set of all fix points by ...
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Calculating the curvature of a tractrix

I'm trying to find the curvature of a tractrix expressed in the form $r(t)=(\sin{t},\cos{t}+\ln(\tan{(\frac{t}{2}))} $. From what I've found on the Internet it appears that people arrive at the ...
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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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Plotting a Curved Plane

How would one go about plotting a curved surface? Can this be done if one were to obtain three equations, the same way a non curved plane is plotted?
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Are closed simple curves with that property necessarily circles?

This is a more interesting follow-up to the question Are closed simple curves with this property necessarily circles? Let $\gamma:[0,1]\to \mathbb R^2 $ be a closed simple $C^1$ convex curve and ...
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Metric on the space of plane curves

I am looking for a metric $d$ for smooth 2D curves. Hence $d(x,y)$ is the distance between the curves x and y. For the moment, we may assume that $x$ and $y$ are just directed line segments. Do you ...
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Piecewise Smooth Curve

Is the curve defined by: γ(t) = (t,t) for 0≤t≤1 and (2-t,2-t) for 1≤t≤2 piecewise smooth? My logic says yes because one can break it into a finite number of smooth curves (two in this case), but ...
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Green's theorem and 'simple regions'

I'm looking through at my notes and couldn't understand why, in the notes below, there is a need to compute the curve C2 and C4. It's hard to see why isn't computing C1 and C3 a sufficient ...
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Equation perpendicular to 2 non-parallel planes

Good day sirs! Can you help me with this questions? Find the general equation of the plane: (1) Through $(3,0,-1)$ and perpendicular to each of the planes $x-2y+z=0$ and $x+2y-3z-4=0$ (2) ...
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2D trajectory in minimum amount of time given min/max acceleration per axis

I am having a little problem with determining a trajectory. I have a 2D curve, say $\{x(\lambda), y(\lambda)\}$ where $\lambda$ is not time; it is only a parameter that describes the evolution of the ...
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Finding the equation for the tangent plane to earth given latitude and longtiude

I'm creating a program where I need to calculate the equation of the plane tangent to the earth at a given latitude and longitude. I used Projecting an Arbitrary Latitude and Longitude onto a Tangent ...
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How to tell whether a curve has a regular parametrization?

A parametrization of a 1-dimensional curve is called regular if its velocity is always positive. For example, the following parametrization: $$x(t)=t^3, y(t)=t^6$$ is not regular because its ...
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Curve with with curvature $k(s)\ge 1$ everywhere has diameter $\le 2$

Let $\alpha(s)$ be a simple closed plane curve. Define the diameter $d_\alpha$ of $\alpha(s)$ to be $$d_\alpha = \sup_{t,s\in\mathbb R} \| \alpha(s) - \alpha(t) \|.$$ Assume the curvature ...
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Find the length of the piece of this curve where $x \geq \frac{3}{2}$

Consider the curve C which is the intersection of the two cylinders of equations $e^z=x$ and $x^2+y^2=2x$. Find the length of the piece of this curve where $x \geq \frac{3}{2}$ I have done the ...
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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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The heat equation shrinking convex plane curves

In the article "The heat equation shrinking convex plane curves" by M. Gage and R. S. Hamilton, I didn't understand the following theorem: ...
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The curvature blows up

A curve evolves according to the evolution equation $\displaystyle\frac{\partial X}{\partial t}= k \times N$ where $k$ is the curvature of the curve and $N$ is the inward unit normal vector. Then ...
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Why do left and right switch when direction is reversed? [closed]

If I make a left turn during a trip, it becomes a right turn on my way back. Why is this?
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Length of a curve in $\Bbb R^2$

How to compute the length of a curve given by the formula $$ f: (0, \frac{\pi}{2}) \ni t \rightarrow ( \cos^3t,\sin^3t) \in \Bbb R^2 $$ I know that the length of a curve in with image in $\Bbb R $ is ...
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How to mathematically color the regions bounded by a parametric curve?

Usually, if an implicit equation $F(x, y) = 0$ defines a curve (or curves) on the x-y plane, then we can use the inequalities $F(x, y) < 0$ or $F(x, y) > 0$ to color the regions bounded by the ...
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what would a planetary orbit look like if gravity had constant magnitude?

Consider a unit-mass particle that is always experiencing a single unit-magnitude force towards the origin. This is a central force, but it is not one of the familiar ones, e.g. gravity whose ...
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How to convert the parametric equation into implicit form?

This problem is generated from another Green's theorem related question of mine. The original equation of the plane curve is not in rational parametric form. In order to calculate the symbolic ...
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Plane and Ellipse Intersection

Short Version: If some can solve the easier to read form as follows, I would be thankful. \begin{equation} B = \frac{1 - d^{T}Bd}{ K_{1} } A \end{equation} \begin{equation} B^{T}d = \frac{1 - ...
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How to calculate the area of a region with a closed plane curve boundary?

Under the conditions of Green’s Theorem, the area of a region $R$ enclosed by a curve $C$ is $$\oint_C x \, dy=-\oint_C y \, dx=\frac{1}{2}\oint_C (x \, dy - y \, dx)$$ I tried to use the result to ...
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Area of intersection of two Annulus

Given two separate annulus with centers $[C_1,C_2]$ and their corresponding radii being $[R_1,r_1]$ and $[R_2,r_2]$ respectively, larger radius being $R$. There are methods to look at whether they are ...
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Finding asymptotes of hyperbola

Given implicit function $F(x, y) = 0$, how can I find its asymptotes? EDIT: Sorry, my calculations were wrong. Here is correct function: $F(x,y)=\sqrt{(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2} - \sqrt{(x-c)^2 + (y-d)^2} ...
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From geometrical figures to function

There's one basic mathematical thing that keeps bugging me: the fact that a really simple 2D geometrical figure (like a circle) might not be a function. I know what the definition of a function is. A ...
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Is circle the only Jordan curve with this property?

When I was thinking about one problem that has to do with Jordan curves the problem which I am going to describe now, arose in my mind. And here it goes. It is known that for every $n\geq3$ the ...
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Rectificable curve as a boundary of a convex set

Let $K\subseteq\mathbb{R}^2$ be a convex compact set. Is it true that $\partial K$ (the boundary of $K$) is a rectificable curve (i.e. it has length)?
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Curvature and Circumference of Circle

Theorem Let $\gamma\colon [a,b]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ be a unit speed simple closed curve, with $\gamma'(a)=\gamma'(b)$ and $N$ is the inward-pointing normal. Then $$ \int_{a}^b ...
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How to find the length of a curved path.

We have to find a continuous model for a curved path which you then solve. A woman is running in the positive y-direction starting at x=50 (50,0) which is orthogonal to the x axis. At this point a dog ...