# Questions tagged [plane-curves]

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? [closed]

HardOCP has an image with an equation which apparently draws the Batman logo. Is this for real? Batman Equation in text form: \begin{align} &\left(\left(\frac x7\right)^2\sqrt{\frac{||x|-3|}{|x|-...
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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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Is the complement of an injective continuous map $\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}^2$ with closed image necessarily disconnected?

I am interested in the following Jordan curve theorem-esque question: Suppose that you are given a continuous, injective map $\gamma: \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}^2$ such that the image is a closed ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Hilbert curve, understanding the original article

I'm trying to read and understand the article in which Hilbert gave an illustration of a space filling curve, namely "Ueber die stetige Abbildung einer Linie auf ein Flächenstück". It's only a short 2 ...
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### Maximum number of intersection points of two different Bernoulli lemniscates

What is the maximum number of intersection points of two different Bernoulli lemniscates in the real plane? (Of course two identical lemniscates share an infinite number of points.) Here are some of ...
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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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### Constructing a family of distinct curves with identical area and perimeter

Two recent questions were posed by Arjuba   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 plane algebraic curve with all four kinds of double points

During my study of plane algebraic curves, I got curious if there is a nontrivial example of a plane algebraic curve that has a node, a cusp (for my purposes I do not care which of the two kinds of ...
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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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### A question about curves in $\mathbb{R}^2$

I need to show this result: Let $\alpha :I\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ a smooth curve, where $I$ is a compact interval of the real line. If $\lVert \alpha (s) - \alpha (t) \rVert$ depends only on $|s-t|$...
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### what would a planetary orbit look like if gravity had constant magnitude?

Consider a unit-mass particle that is always experiencing a single unit-magnitude force towards the origin. This is a central force, but it is not one of the familiar ones, e.g. gravity whose ...
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### A curve is a circle or a line

Let $\gamma(t):\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a continuous curve in the plane such that for every $t_1,t_2\in\mathbb{R}$ the euclidean distance $d(\gamma(t_1),\gamma(t_2))$ depends only on $|t_1-t_2|$. ...
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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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### 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 non-...
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### What is the Hilbert curve's equation?!

The Hilbert curve has always bugged me because it had no closed equation or function that I could find. What is its equation or function? For example, if I wanted to find the Hilbert's curve point at ...
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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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### Brachistochrone problem with floor restriction

An object starts sliding (without friction, under the influence of gravity) from $(0, h)$ along some curve $\gamma(t) = (x(t),\space y(t))$ and just like in the usual Brachistochrone problem it must ...
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### Where do people learn about things like caustics, evolutes, inverse curves, etc.?

When I look up a curve on Wikipedia, I'll often see a lot of properties along the lines of "you can generate curve X by rolling a circle along curve Y and tracing the trajectory of a single point," or ...
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### If $\gamma\colon[a,b]\to\mathbb{C}$ is continuous and $\gamma(b)=-\gamma(a)$, must the curves $\gamma$ and $e^{ic}\gamma$ intersect for all real $c$?

If $[a, b]$ is a compact interval of $\mathbb{R}$ and $\gamma: [a, b] \to \mathbb{C}$ is continuous, denote the connected, compact set $\gamma([a, b])$ by $[\gamma]$. If $h$ is a complex number of ...