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Devil's Curve

The devil's curve was studied by G. Cramer in 1750 and Lacroix in 1810 (MacTutor Archive). It appeared in
Nouvelles Annales in 1858. The Cartesian equation is

(1)

equivalent to
(2)

the polar equation is


(3)

and the parametric equations are

(4)

(5)

A special case of the Devil's curve is the so-called Electric Motor Curve:

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(6)

(Cundy and Rollett 1989).

See also Electric Motor Curve

References

Cundy, H. and Rollett, A. Mathematical Models, 3rd ed. Stradbroke, England: Tarquin Pub., p. 71, 1989.

Gray, A. Modern Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, p. 71, 1993.

Lawrence, J. D. A Catalog of Special Plane Curves. New York: Dover, pp. 151-152, 1972.

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive. ``Devil's Curve.'' http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Curves/Devils.html.

© 1996-9 Eric W. Weisstein


1999-05-24

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