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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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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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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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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Curve avoiding semi-rational points

A rational point is a point in $\mathbb{R}^d$ all of whose $d$ coordinates are rational. Let me define a semi-rational point as one that has at least one rational coordinate (but whose other ...
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Find locus of points relating to an ellipse

I would like to find the equation of the following locus. For a big circle C centered at (0,0), the locus of points that the sum of distances to Y-axis and to C is 1, say in the first quadrant, is ...
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How to find the parametric equation of a cycloid?

"A cycloid is the curve traced by a point on the rim of a circular wheel as the wheel rolls along a straight line." - Wikipedia In many calculus books I have, the cycloid, in parametric form, is ...
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Polar to Parametric Equation?

I'm struggling with this problem, I'm still only on part (a). I tried X=rcos(theta) Y=rsin(theta) but I don't think I'm doing it right. Curve C has polar equation ...
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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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Osculating circles intersecting a given point

Well, the problem is a question in Montiel's book. How to prove that a planar curve $\alpha$ such that all osculating circles intersects a given point is actually a circle (or a part of it)? I've ...
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Proving $\dfrac{dN}{ds}=-\kappa T+\tau B$

Currently revising for a differential geometry exam. The question I am working on is one of those types where the next part of the question follows from the last. I've gotten to the point where I have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Adjustable Sigmoid Curve (S-Curve) from (0,0) to (1,1)

I feel like this is such a simple question but I am at such a loss. I currently have a set of values that I would like to weigh by an S Curve. My data ranges from $0$ to $1$ and never leaves those ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Dot product between plane and vector

I was reading an article to check if a point in view frustum and i read some DirectX article and i read the following: PlaneVecDotProd This article mentions: Computes the dot product of a plane and ...
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Understanding the Spiro Spline

My name's Wray. This is my first time here. Firstly, I like curves. I've been keeping a pet project for a long time that would implement a delightful new curve-interpolation algorithm named the Spiro ...
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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 ...
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Euclidean space and vector field

Can someone explain me what a Euclidean space is? and more detailed what a vector field is? Or a continuous vector field
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Why is $\sum^{n}_{i=1} \int_{t_{i-1}}^{t_i} = \int_{a}^{b} $?

This is a part of my proof: $$\begin{align} \left| \sum^{n}_{i=1} V(r(\tau_i)) \cdot \int_{t_{i-1}}^{t_i} r'(t) dt - \int_{a}^{b} V(r(t)) \cdot r'(t) dt \right| &\leq \sum^{n}_{i=1} ...
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Intersection of planes

A line perpendicular to the plane $ 3x-5y+4z-11=0 $ passes through the origin. At what point does this normal intersects the plane?
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finding the line of intersection

Find the line of intersection between two planes x+y+z=1 and x-2y+3z=1 ? I found r1,r2,n1 and n2 but I don't know what are the other steps
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Tangent line to a curve with parameter [closed]

Let $y_1=2x^3+4x$ . Find the parameter $m$ so that the line $y_2=mx+4$ is tangent to the $y_1$ curve .
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Birrational curves and singularities [closed]

If $C$ and $D$ are two birrational plane curves. Is there some relation between their singular points?
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Is this variant of the Jordan Curve Theorem true?

This feels as though it should be falsifiable, but it's not immediately obvious to me. The informal version of the statement is 'for every non-intersecting curve between two opposite corners of a ...
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How do I turn a “broken” plot into a smooth curve

I developed and solved a differential equation that predicts fluid temperature along the length of a long pipe with time. Analytical solution is such that it is causing a "discontinuity" in the ...
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What is the meaning of “slope of ca”?

I'm reading a paper, when this article refers to the function: $$\beta(v)=\frac{(\frac{v}{I})^k}{1+(\frac{v}{I})^k}$$ It say that "around the $I$, $\beta$ is approximately linear in $I$, and has a ...
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Ambiguous Curve: can you follow the bicycle?

Let $\alpha:[0,1]\to \mathbb R^2$ be a smooth closed curve parameterized by the arc length. We will think of $\alpha$ like a back track of the wheel of a bicycle. If we suppose that the distance ...
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Equation for the Maximum-Area Rotor in a Wankel Engine

I am attempting to construct a specialized Wankel Engine in Autodesk Inventor. For my particular project, the rotor must take up the maximum area, in order to separate the air spaces of the top and ...
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Harris Exercise 5.13 (points in general position)

I have a question about the second part of Exercise 5.13 in Harris' Algebraic Geometry: A First Course: Given $n \leq 2d + 1$ points in $\mathbb{P}^2$, characterize the subset of $(\mathbb{P}^2)^n$ ...
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How to estimate/determine surface normals and tangent planes at points of a depth image (point cloud)?

I have depth image, that I've generated using 3D CAD data. This depth image can also be taken from a depth imaging sensor such as Kinect or a stereo camera. So basically it is depth map of points ...
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equiaffine arc length, moving frame, and affine curvature

I am trying to learn affine geometry, and I'm having some trouble getting started with the following problem. Compute (a) the equiaffine arc length, (b) the moving frame, and (c) the affine ...
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arc length parameterization of planar curve in Matlab

Let $\gamma (t)$ be a planar curve parameterized by time $t$. For fun, let it be a limacon. In Matlab $\gamma (t)$ looks like this. ...
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Lengths of Plane Curves - Calculus 2: $\sqrt{1-x^2} ; x=-\frac{1}{2} \to x=\frac{1}{2}$

$$ \sqrt{1-x^2} ; x=-\frac{1}{2} \to x=\frac{1}{2} $$ I am having problems setting this up. Taking the derivative of $\sqrt{1-x^2}$. Leaves me with: $$ \frac{1}{2}\left(1-x^2 ...
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A hyperbola as a constant difference of distances

I understand that a hyperbola can be defined as the locus of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distance to the foci is $2a$, the distance between the two ...
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Curvature of the boundary curve of convex set

I've got a very simple question, but I can't get a rigorous proof. Suppose that $X\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ is a convex set, and suppose further that $\gamma$ is a closed regular curve with image $\partial ...
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Find the area of the parallelogram with vertices (4,1), (6, 6), (7, 7), and (9, 12).

I am trying to find the area of the parallelogram with vertices (4,1), (6, 6), (7, 7), and (9, 12). So I believe the way to solve this problem is through the cross product and then taking the ...
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Do line integrals of non smooth curves exist?

Wolfram says that the theorem of conservative fields is : The following conditions are equivalent for a conservative vector field on a particular domain $D$: For any oriented simple closed ...
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Finding singularities of a projective curve

For $w \in \mathbb{C}$ we define the projective curve $$p(x,y,z):= x^3+y^3+z^3+wxyz.$$ Now I have to find all $w \in \mathbb{C}$ for which the projective curve $p(x,y,z)$ is singular and show that ...
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How can I find a curve based on its tangent lines?

Let's say for some curve its tangent lines at every point have a property that the length of a segment within the first quarter $[0;+\infty)^2$ is exactly $C>0$. How can such a curve be defined ...
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$r^2\cos\theta+2ar\sin^2{\theta\over2}-a^2$ where $a>0$

What does the following equation represent? $r^2\cos\theta+2ar\sin^2{\theta\over2}-a^2$ where $a>0$ My approach: I factorized the equation and it became $(a+r\cos\theta)(a-r)=0$ I feel that ...