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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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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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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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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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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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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$dx$-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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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 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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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 ...
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Distance between two skew lines

I have 2 skew lines $L_A$ and $L_B$ and 2 parallel planes $H_A$ and $H_B$. The line $L_A$ lies in $H_A$ and $L_B$ in $H_B$. If the equations of $H_A$ and $H_B$ are given like this: $x+y+z = 0$ (for ...
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Torsion vs Curvature of a curve

I was wondering if there is a simple explanation of the torsion and curvature in $\mathbb{R}^3$ of a curve. The curvature measure somehow the acceleration perpendicular to the tangent vector, but ...
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Does every plane curve contain a rational point?

Does every plane curve contain a rational point? I think the answer is yes, but I can not prove this. Please help. However, if it is possible to build a pathological curve - without rational points, ...
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Question on a function defined on some plane curve.

Let $C$ be the plane curve defined by $y^d =f(x)$, where $f(x) \in \mathbb{C}[x]$ is a polynomial. Let $g(x,y)$ and $h(x,y)$ are polynomials relatively prime with each other. We consider $r(x,y) ...
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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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Reconstructing a curve from its curvature

I'm with a problem in an exercise form Do Carmo's Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces; it is number 9 section 1.6. I have a differentiable real function $k(s)$, $s\in I$, and I need to show ...
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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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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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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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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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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 $y=mx$ ...