(x2 + y2 - 2ax)2 = 4a2(x2 + y2)
r = 2a(1 + cos(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|
Its length had been found by La Hire in 1708, and he therefore has some claim to be the discoverer of the curve. In the notation given above the length is 16a. It is a special case of the Limacon of Pascal (Etienne Pascal) and so, in a sense, its study goes back long before Castillon or La Hire.
There are exactly three parallel tangents to the cardioid with any given gradient. Also the tangents at the ends of any chord through the cusp point are at right angles. The length of any chord through the cusp point is 4a and the area of the cardioid is 6πa2.
We can easily give parametric equations for the cardioid, namely
If the cusp of the cardioid is taken as the centre of inversion, the cardioid inverts to a parabola.
The caustic of a cardioid, where the radiant point is taken to be the cusp, is a nephroid.
There are some other heart-shaped curves, sent to us by Kurt Eisemann (San Diego State University, USA):
(i) The curve with Cartesian equation: y = 0.75 x2/3 ± √(1 - x2). Show the picture
(ii) The curve with Polar equation: r = sin2(π/8 - θ/4). Show the picture
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