# 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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### Prove that $z = tx + (1 − t)y$ if $d(x, y)= d(x, z) + d(z, y)$

Let $x,y,z$ be elements of $\mathbb{R}^2$ Prove that $z = tx + (1 − t)y$ if $d(x, y)= d(x, z) + d(z, y)$ d is usual euclidean metric.
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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 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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### 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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### $r^2\cos\theta+2ar\sin^2{\theta\over2}-a^2$ 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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### Real valued function associated with the Diophantine equation $a^2(2^a-a^3)+1=7^b$

The parent question that maybe still remains to be answered at this moment is:Solve the Diophantine equation $a^2(2^a-a^3)+1=7^b$ . As far as the parent question is concerned, when generalizing to ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Detection of self intersection point of curve

What numerical procedure is be adopted to detect self-intersecting parametrized points $[x(t), y(t) ]$ in $\mathbb R^2$ ? Observation : @ roots ( t= 2, t=-1 ) parabola has double value with ...
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### What is the difference between the following definitions of Vector Functions and Parametric Curves?

The definitions seem exactly the same to me. We have a(t) to be a vector function and x(t) to be a parametric curve where the tip of the position vector traces out a curve in an $n$-dimensional space ...
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### Show that $P(x,y)=0$ is a parabola if $b^2-4ac=0$.

I tried the following: I write the polynomial $P(x, y) = ax^2+bxy+cy^2+dx+ey+h$ in the form $P(x, y) = Ax2 + Bx + C$ where $A$, $B$, and $C$ are polynomial functions of $y$. This $P(x, y) = Q(x)$ ...
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### A criterion for determining if a vector points inside a curve

I have to prove that: given a regular closed simple differentiable plane curve $\alpha : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ parametrized in arc length and positively oriented; a non-zero vector $v$ ...
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