Cochleoid

Polar equation:
r = a sin(θ)/θ


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Definitions of the Associated curves Evolute
Involute 1 Involute 2
Inverse curve wrt origin Inverse wrt another circle
Pedal curve wrt origin Pedal wrt another point
Negative pedal curve wrt origin Negative pedal wrt another point
Caustic wrt horizontal rays Caustic curve wrt another point


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The name means the snail-form curve. It was discussed by J Peck in 1700. The form given here is due to a Belgium Joseph Neuberg. The name originated in 1884 with writers Benthan and Falkenburg.

The points of contact of parallel tangents to the cochleoid lie on a strophoid.


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