Namespaces
Variants
Actions

Lituus

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics
Jump to: navigation, search

A plane transcendental curve whose equation in polar coordinates is

$$\rho=\frac{a}{\sqrt\phi}.$$

Figure: l059750a

To every value of $\phi$ correspond two values of $\rho$, one positive and one negative. The curve consists of two branches, that both approach the pole asymptotically (see Fig.). The line $\phi=0,\phi=\pi$ is an asymptote at $\rho=\pm\infty$, and $(1/2,a\sqrt2)$ and $(-1/2,-a\sqrt2)$ are points of inflection. The lituus is related to the so-called algebraic spirals.

References

[1] A.A. Savelov, "Planar curves" , Moscow (1960) (In Russian)


Comments

References

[a1] K. Fladt, "Analytische Geometrie spezieller ebener Kurven" , Akad. Verlagsgesell. (1962)
[a2] F. Gomes Teixeira, "Traité des courbes" , 1–3 , Chelsea, reprint (1971)
How to Cite This Entry:
Lituus. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Lituus&oldid=32535
This article was adapted from an original article by D.D. Sokolov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article