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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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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Drawing heart in mathematica

It's not really a typical math question. Today, while studying graphs, I suddenly got inquisitive about whether there exists a function that could possibly draw a heart-shaped graph. Out of sheer ...
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Using equations to draw out complex objects

How do people come up with equations of curves to draw out complex objects? Some popular examples would include: batman curve & PSY curve. This stackexchange link explains the rationale for the ...
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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 circle rolls along a parabola

I'm thinking about a circle rolling along a parabola. Would this be a parametric representation? $(t + A\sin (Bt) , Ct^2 + A\cos (Bt) )$ A gives us the radius of the circle, B changes the frequency ...
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Parametrizing implicit algebraic curves

Back in the day, I was absolutely enthralled by the study of plane curves and their properties (I have Lockwood and Zwikker to thank). I learned early on that for the purposes of generating plots 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 $x$ ...
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Parallel functions.

In 2 dimensions, we can draw 2 parallel lines that have the same distance from a line. I wanted to find parallel functions of a function and their distance is $d$ to the function for all inputs and ...
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The Dido problem with an arclength constraint

It is well known that the solution to the classical Dido problem is a semicircle, and that the solution to the classical isoperimetric problem is a circle. It's also reasonably obvious that the ...
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Does using an ellipse as a template still produce an ellipse?

Suppose I have a (physical) template, consisting of a piece of stiff sheet plastic with a hole cut in the middle. Suppose the hole is in the shape of an ellipse, say, 8 x 12 inches. Suppose I then ...
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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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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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A Math function that draws water droplet shape?

I just need a quick reference. What is the function for this kind of shape? Thanks.
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Curvature of planar implicit curves

I am trying to understand how the curvature equation $$\kappa = -\frac{f_{xx} f_y^2-2f_{xy} f_x f_y + f_x^2 f_{yy}}{(f_x^2+f_y^2)^{3/2}}$$ for implicit curves is derived. These curves arise from ...
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Why does the focus of a rolling parabola trace a catenary?

I keep hearing that when one rolls a parabola on a straight line, the focus traces a catenary. I kept trying to find a proof on the Internet, but no dice. How does one prove this to be true?
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Reconstructing space curves from its curvature and torsion

I have to write a program which gets two functions (curvature and torsion) and 3 vectors of the Frenet-Serret "frame" at the starting point - and I have to reconstruct the space curve from this given ...
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What is the limit distance to the base function if offset curve is a function too?

I asked a question about parallel functions in here . I understood that offset curves that are the parallels of a function may not be functions after J.M.'s answer. I got new questions after that ...
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Generalizations of equi-oscillation criterion

When constructing minimax (sup-norm) polynomial approximations of real-valued functions, well-known results say (roughly speaking) that optimal solutions are characterized by the fact that they have ...
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Sketch a curve given parametrically by $x=2t-4t^3$ and $t^2-3t^4$

I am unable to see how to eliminate $t$. Wolfram Alpha fails at it too. $$x=2t-4t^3$$ $$y=t^2-3t^4$$ I can guess that the curve is a polynomial equation so in principle I can write this as $$w_1 ...
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Assigning alternate crossings to closed curves

This is a minor curiosity that I've been wondering about. Suppose that we draw a closed curve in the plane and that this curve intersects itself several times, but never twice in one spot. We can knot ...
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Direction of the second derivative of an arclength parametrized curve

I have a question, it's so simple and stupid ._. If I have a planar curve parametrized by arc length, it's easy to show that the second derivate is orthogonal to the first derivate vector (tangent ...
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Relations between curvature and area of simple closed plane curves.

Let $\gamma$ be a simple closed plane curve. We know that a curve with constant curvature $\kappa$ will trace a circle in the plane. The radius of this circle is the inverse of its curvature. Now, ...
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What are curves (generalized ellipses) with more than two focal points called and how do they look like?

An ellipse is usually defined as the locus of points so that sum of the distances to the two foci is constant. But what are curves called which are defined as the locus of points so that the sum of ...
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Comprehensive compilation of conic section formulae

My frustration started after hours of searching failed to turn up a formula for the vertex of a parabola in the general form $$Ax^2+Bxy+Cy^2+Dx+Ey+F=0$$ As is already well known, the discriminant ...
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How to place objects equidistantly on an Archimedean spiral?

To place objects equidistantly on an Archimedean (arithmetic) spiral, the arc length of the spiral has to increase linearly between the objects. This is what I have so far: The length of a spiral is ...
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find maximum area

Consider a problem here : There is a wall in your backyard. It is so long that you can’t see its endpoints. You want to build a fence of length L such that the area enclosed between the wall and the ...
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Writing a Polar Equation for the Graph of an Implicit Cartesian Equation

If $(x^2+y^2)^3=4x^2y^2,$ then $r=\sin 2\theta$ for some $\theta$. Using $r^2=x^2+y^2, x=r\cos\theta,y=r\sin\theta$, it's easy to get $r^2=\sin^22\theta$. But I don't know what to do next, since ...
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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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Deriving an implicit Cartesian equation from a polar equation with fractional multiples of the angle

Usually, applying the conversion formulae $r^2=x^2+y^2$ $\cos\;\theta=\frac{x}{r}$ $\sin\;\theta=\frac{y}{r}$ to transform an equation in polar coordinates to an implicit Cartesian equation is ...
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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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Arc length formula for the lemniscate

This question can be homework for elementary calculus. The lemniscate of Bernoulli $C$ is a plane curve defined as follows. Let $a > 0$ be a real number. Let $F_1 = (a, 0)$ and $F_2 = (-a, 0)$ be ...
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Formula for curve parallel to a parabola

I have a simple parabola in the form $y = a + bx^2$. I would like to find the formula for a curve which is parallel to this curve by distance $c$. By parallel I mean that there is an equal distance ...
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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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In how few points can a continuous curve meet all lines?

Inspired by this (currently closed) question, I'm wondering about a related topic: given that we have a continuous parametric curve (that is, a curve of the form $(x=x(t), y=y(t))$ for ...
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The area of the superellipse

I'm watching this video, where D. Knuth explains the connection of $\pi$ and factorials, and other matters (it is very interesting). Almost at the end of the talk he says the area of the superellipse ...
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Why do definitions of distinct conic sections produce a single equation?

I understand how to get from the definitions of a hyperbola — as the set of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distances to two foci at $(-c,0)$ and ...
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Can you write a non-piecewise equation that describes an arbitrary shape?

This batman equation thing got me thinking: for an arbitrary curve drawn on the Cartesian plane, can you write a corresponding equation which is not piecewise? What about closed shapes, a la the ...
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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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Why does an equiangular spiral become logarithmic (intuitively)?

One of the most famous 2D-curves are logarithmic spirals (or Spira mirabilis). They can be constructed by using a machinery that ensures a constant angle between the tangent and the radial lines all ...
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Is each space filling curve everywhere self-intersecting?

Consider a continuous surjection $f:[0,1]\to [0,1]\times[0,1]$. Is $$\{x:\exists(t_1\not=t_2) f(t_1)=f(t_2)=x\}=[0,1]\times[0,1]?$$
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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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Moment of inertia about center of mass of a curve that is the arc of a circle.

Let $(x(s),y(s))$ be a smooth 2-d plane curve which is an arc of a circle of a certain radius $r$. Assume it is represented by an inelastic string $S$ of finite length, lying in a 2-d plane. Let there ...
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What type of curve is $\left|\dfrac{x}{a}\right|^{z} + \left|\dfrac{y}{b}\right|^{z} = 1$?

In order to fit experimental data, I want to use a Cartesian equation which looks like: $\left|\dfrac{x}{a}\right|^{z} + \left|\dfrac{y}{b}\right|^{z} = 1$ $a$, $b$, $c$, and $z$ can take any real ...
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when is the region bounded by a Jordan curve “skinny”?

How can I formalize and prove the following intuition?: Picture a very skinny rectangle, one with base length 1 and sides length $\epsilon$. Or imagine a very flattened ellipse. The interiors of ...
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why is an annulus close to it's boundary when it's boundary curves are close?

This is the motivating question for the rather vague question here: when is the region bounded by a Jordan curve "skinny"? Suppose we are given two Jordan curves in the plane, one inside ...
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Minimize the sum of distances between two point and a circle

Let's $A$,$B$ and $O$ be random point in a plane, such that they are not colinear. Let's $c$ be a circle centered on $O$, such that points $A$ and $B$ are outside of it. Find a point $X$ that lies on ...
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Can a set of non self-intersection points of a space-filling curve contain an arc?

Consider a continuous surjection $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]\times[0,1]$. It can be proved that set of self-intersection points must be dense. In the Hilbert curve, the set of self-intersections are points ...
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Curve of a fixed point of a conic compelled to pass through 2 points

Suppose that in the plane a given conic curve is compelled to pass through two fixed points of that plane. What are the curves covered by a fixed point of the conic, its center (for an ellipse), its ...
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How to define a perspective circle in xy?

You can see a perspective view of a square(FCED) and a circle in 2D screen. O is center of the circle. How can I define the perspective circle equation that shown as red in the picture? Thanks a ...
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How to fill up the gap between a typical advanced undergraduate algebraic curve course and High school basic geometry/precalculus course?

Based on this question i asked recently: A question about geometry of plane curve books, i think it is too advance for a HS student/ typical second or third year undergraduate math majors to read on ...