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Astroid
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The page discusses the curve known as an astroid or hypocycloid of four cusps. In one quadrant, the astroid may be thought of as a falling ladder,a problem often found inintroductory Calculus. In thiscase, the curve is also known as a glissette.

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Mathematics
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California State University
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National Curve Bank
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Gray, Shirley
The Brachistochrone
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This page contains a discussion of the Brachistochrone problem and an animation showing a particle sliding down a line and a cycloid.There are links to 4 additional pageswith different approaches to the Brachistochrone problem. Interesting historical notes.

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Mathematics
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California State University
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National Curve Bank
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Gray, Shirley
Qawasmi, Abel
A Collection of Famous Plane Curves created in POVRAY
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This page contains 3-dimensional surfaces ploted in color using POVRAY (Persistence Of Vision RAY tracing). There are links to pages containg the code for the plots and to a page of references and additonal plots.

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Mathematics
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California State University
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Gleason, Patrick J.
Gray, Shirley
The Conics and Stereographic Projection
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A power Point slide show is used for this animation. Points on the plane are associated with points on a sphere by stereographic projection. The north pole of the sphere corresponds to the point at infinity. This is the one point compactification of the plane.

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Mathematics
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California State University
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National Curve Bank
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Gray, Shirley
Groah, Jeffery M.
Curves of Constant Width and Reuleaux Polygons
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This page features information on constant width curves, also known as Orbiform Curves or Reuleaux Polygons. One application is to the Wankel Engine. The page contains animations, plots, an historical sketch, and links to Mathematica code.

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Mathematics
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California State University
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National Curve Bank
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Gray, Shirley
Exploring Area between Curves
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Calculus texts have problems on finding the Areas between Curves in the chapters on applications of Integration. The NCB suggests finding some of these examples in a text and trying them in Harumi's graph. Experimenting on a computer with the approximation for finding the area using rectangles is fascinating. As the number of rectangles increases, the approximation improves. Therefore, mathematicians define the area A between the two curves as the limit of the sum of the areas of these approximating rectangles where n is the number of rectangles bounded between a and b.

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Mathematics
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California State University
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National Curve Bank
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Gray, Shirley
Monroy, Harumi