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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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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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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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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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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Calculating equidistant points around an ellipse arc

As an extension to this question on equiangular fisheye distortion, how can I calculate equidistant points around an ellipse (or 1/4 segment of) given it's aspect ratio? When it's circular, I can use ...
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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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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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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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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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How to find center of a conic section from the equation?

If we are given a curve in the form $$ax^2+2bxy+cy^2+2dx+2ey+f=0$$ and the following determinant $$\delta=\begin{vmatrix}a&b\\b&c\end{vmatrix}=ac-b^2$$ is non-zero, then this is either a curve ...
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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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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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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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Is there a $C^1$ curve dense in the plane?

Is there a curve $\gamma : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^2$ injective and $\mathcal{C}^1$ whose range is dense in $\mathbb{R}^2$?
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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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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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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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Image of any curve can be parametrized without zero derivative [closed]

Let $\gamma :[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a $C^{1} ([a,b])$ injective application. Prove that there is another continuous parametrization $\rho:[c,d]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ such that the following two sets are ...
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Curvature and convexity of a plane curve

Let $\mathbf{r}:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a $C^2([a,b])$ regular curve. Is it true that $\mathbf{r}$ is convex if and only if its curvature $\kappa(t)\leq 0, \forall t\in [a,b]$ or $\kappa(t)\geq 0, ...
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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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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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How many cubic curves are there?

It is well-known that there is only one "kind" of line, and that there are three "kinds" of quadratic curves (the nature of which depends on the sign of a so-called "discriminant"). It is noteworthy ...
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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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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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Prove this : $\left(a\cos\alpha\right)^n + \left(b\sin\alpha\right)^n = p^n$

I have this question: If the line $x\cos\alpha + y\sin\alpha = p$ touches the curve $\left(\frac{x}{a}\right)^\frac{n}{n - 1} + \left(\frac{y}{b}\right)^\frac{n}{n - 1} = 1$ then prove that ...
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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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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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Determine the Winding Numbers of the Chinese Unicom Symbol

I'm practicing with Winding Numbers, and encountered an interesting example. You might be familiar with this liantong symbol, the logo of China Unicom: Suppose we make this into a fully closed and ...
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How to prove this inequality about the arc-lenght of convex functions?

Let be $f,F:[0,1] \to \mathbb{R}$ with $f,F \in C^2([0,1])$ two convex functions such that $f \le F$ in all points and $f(0)=F(0)$, $f(1)=F(1)$. Considering the plane-curves $\gamma(t)=(t,f(t))$ and ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Can every possible curve be expressed mathematically [closed]

Can every possible curve/parabola shown on a graph (for example $x^2$ or somthing much more complicated) be expressed in an equation like $y=x^2$. Or are there some lines you can't express?
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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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curve which crosses itself at every point

Does there exist a continuous curve $C$ on $\mathbb{R}^2$ that crosses itself at every point on $C$? For two pieces of curve to cross and not just touch, each must have some length either side ...
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Tractrix-like curves

Is there a common name for curves, obtained from dragging a point along another curve, similar to how tractrix is obtained by dragging a point along a line? What is a parametric equation of such ...
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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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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 ...