# Conchoid

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

*of a curve*

The planar curve obtained by increasing or decreasing the position vector of each point of a given planar curve by a segment of constant length . If the equation of the given curve is in polar coordinates, then the equation of its conchoid has the form: . Examples: the conchoid of a straight line is called the Nicomedes conchoid; the conchoid of a circle is called the Pascal limaçon.

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[a1] | J.D. Lawrence, "A catalog of special plane curves" , Dover, reprint (1972) |

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This article was adapted from an original article by D.D. Sokolov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article