]> Chapter 15: Curves

Chapter 15: Curves

 

Introduction

The tools of calculus developed so far allow us to describe most of the important properties of a smooth curve: which are its direction at any point, and how much it deviates from straightness there. This is measured by its curvature. How its path differs from planarity is measured by its torsion, also easily calculated.

Topics

15.1   Parametric Representation of a Curve and its Intrinsic Properties

15.2   Intrinsic Properties of a Curve

15.3   Curvature and Radius of Curvature

15.4   Computation of Curvature

15.5   Torsion