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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Shortest closed loop containing all extreme points of a convex set

Suppose $S\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is compact and convex. Suppose $\Gamma:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ is a continuous map with $\Gamma(0)=\Gamma(1)$. Suppose $\Gamma$ passes through all extreme points of $S$. ...
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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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What is the parametric equations for the following closed curves?

First case Second case For the sake of simplicity, let the circle of radius $R$ be at the origin, the rectangle width and height be $w$ and $h$, respectively.
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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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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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Curve genereated by a hanging rope with both ends hold together

So a hanging rope assumes the form of a catenary, but if the ends are together it takes some kind of "drop" shape. I think that if the rope is perfectly flexible the shape is a vertical line but what ...
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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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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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Guilloché security printing — can it be cracked?

Money uses Security printing, and often uses Guilloché patterns. These curves are inscribed by wheels on wheels on wheels, ten wheels deep in some cases. For example, the back of the US $1 bill has ...
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How to extend an interval to a circle in $\mathbb{R}^2$

Let $$\gamma : [0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$$ be a $C^0$ imbedding. How can I show that there exists another imbedding $$\eta : [0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$$ with $\eta ((0,1)) \subset ...
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Why can I write the curve shortening flow system as..

Consider the family of curves $$\gamma:S^1\times [0, T)\rightarrow \mathbb R^2, \gamma(u, t)=(x(u, t), y(u, t)),$$ where $u$ parametrizes the trace of the curve and $t$ parametrizes which curve is ...
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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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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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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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Should a “good” equation divide the plane?

At the question Is there any equation for triangle? (MSE) the answer given by Henning Makholm received the most upvotes. Therefore let's define the following triangle function $H$ with (a,b,c) the ...
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Jordan curves, its interiors and the existence of a continuous function.

Let $L_t(s):S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2(t\in [0,1])$ is a Jordan curve, $O(t)$ is its interior and $H(t,s)=L_t(s)$. If $H$ is a homotopy from $L_0(s)$ to$L_1(s)$, is there exists a continuous ...
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Characterize a large class of shapes using a finite number of parameters

I am doing some numerical computations searching for an optimal shape for a certain functional. In my particular case, the shape $\Omega$ is a 2 dimensional star shaped domain by the origin, which ...
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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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Reversing a roulette on a straight line - solving for a parameterization?

(See below for update.) I would like to reverse the following equations. Here, the path is traced out by the polar origin of the wheel. You can put the trace point anywhere on or off of the wheel ...
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How do I use k-dimensional planes as bounds for generating k-dimensional vectors?

I am an essentially self-trained programmer with little mathematical background. I do not quite know where to start for this problem, and do not know the terminology to help me get conclusions ...
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How to find all intersection points of two splines?

2D-Cubic splines are given in parametric form (X(t), Y(t) and X(s), Y(s)). Every segment has it's own X and Y expression. And I want to find all intersection points. Some segments are intersecting ...
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How to derive Jordan curve theorem for three arcs from the two arc version?

The Jordan curve theorem can be stated as follows: Let $p,q\in\mathbb R^2$, $p\ne q$ and $a,b$ be arcs between $p$ and $q$ intersecting only in the endpoints. Then $a\cup b$ divides $\mathbb R^2$ ...
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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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$r^2\cos\theta+2ar\sin^2{\theta\over2}-a^2$ 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 ...
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Parameterization of simple closed curve

A curve $Z$ in a two dimensional space is parametrized by $0\leq t < 1$ , and satisfies $Z(t) = Z(t+1)$. If it is sufficiently well behaved, it can be represented using a Fourier series with a ...
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PDEs along parametrized curves in $\mathbb R^2$

For Riemannian surfaces in $\mathbb R^n,n\geq 3$, the Laplace-Beltrami operator can be expressed in terms of the Riemannian metric and one can consider evolution equations (e.g. heat diffusion, wave ...
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Generalisation of circumscribed circle for polygones instead of triangles.

Given a triangle, there exists a unique circle passing through its $3$ vertices. I wonder if more generally for any $n\geq3$ we can define a family $\mathcal{C}_n$ of convex closed curves in the ...
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How to see and proof that the hyperbola as a constant difference of distances holds for $\frac{1}{x}$?

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 $2a$, which is the distance ...
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Definition of multiplicity of a point (in a plane curve)

In the book "Basic Agebraic Geometry I (third edition, 2013)" at page 14 Shafarevich says, about plane curves, what it follows: If $P=(0,0)$ and the leading terms (note:by leading terms I suppose ...
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Evaluate $\|f\|$ on complex domain

Given a function $ f\colon \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$, how do I find $||f||_{\operatorname{Trace}(\gamma)}$, where $\gamma$ is a curve in the complex plane? In particular, I need to do this ...
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Canonical form of a curve (geometry)

I am bothering with this geometric problem more than half a day and couldn't understand it yet. Here it is: In orthonormal coordinate system K=Oxy we have a curve C: $9x^2 - 4xy + 6y^2 + 6x - 8y + ...
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Solving the algebraic equations .

I am working with an equation to find the singular points in $\mathbb P^2 (\mathbb C)$ . Basically after taking the partial derivatives and doing some manipulations it reduces to $$y^2 + (2-k)xz ...
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Approximation theorem

I am looking for some theorem that gives me that each curve $x(t)=(x_1(t),x_2(t))$ that is continously differentiable and has $\dot{x_1}(t)\ge 0$ can be approximated by continously differentiable ...
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Functionals defined on curves

I am looking for classical (real) functionals defined on rectifiable curves (neither necessarily simple nor closed) in either $\mathbb{R}^2$ or $\mathbb{R}^3$. There's length, turning number, total ...
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Addition law on moduli space of curves

Dislaimer: I know very little about this, so if parts of my question don't make sense, please feel free to edit in a way that does, or ask me to clarify. Let $\mathcal{M}_{1,2}$ be the moduli space ...
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Plane curve: orhogonal projection and closest points

I am reading 'Differential Geometry of curves and surfaces' by Banchoff and Lovett and I'm confused about the following statement on page 28: "Let two curves $C_1$ and $C_2$ have a regular point $P$ ...
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Approximation in the Plane of Constant Curvature

In Euclidean space, There is a classic Theorem claims that: The length of every rectifiable curve can be approximated by sufficiently small straight line segment with ends on the curve. Now, The ...
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Vector equation and curvature

Vector equation $r(t)=2\cos(t)\mathbf i + 3\sin(t)\mathbf j\ \ (0 \le t \le 2\pi)$ represents ellipse. I need to find curvature of this ellipse on endpoints of x and y axis that are given with ...
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Is the extra condition in this definition superfluous?

I am learning Differential Geometry and someone told me that the second condition of a definition provided in books follows from the first and is hence superfluous. I cannot dispute it, so convince me ...
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Problem with calculating winding number in sum of curves

Let $$ \begin{align} \gamma= \gamma_1 +\gamma_2+\gamma_3,\\ \gamma_1(t)=e^{it}, t\in[0,2\pi] \\ \gamma_2(t)=-1+2e^{-2it}, t\in [0,2\pi]\\ \gamma_3(t)=1-i+e^{it},t\in [\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{9\pi}{2}] ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A function to fit a certain S-shaped curve

I am looking for a function to fit a certain type of S-shaped curve. Here are my criteria: The curve always pass three points (0,0), (0.5,0.5) and (1,1). For 0 < x < 0.5, f(x) < x; for ...
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Could a hyper elliptic curve of degree 5 admit only three ordinary double points?

The definition for hyper elliptic curves is those curves which admit a ramified double cover of $P^1$. The given degree five is for some homogeneous equations of degree five that defines the curve, ...