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DescriptionThere are four curves which are closely related. These are the epicycloid, the epitrochoid, the hypocycloid and the hypotrochoid and they are traced by a point P on a circle of radius b which rolls round a fixed circle of radius a.
For the hypotrochoid, an example of which is shown above, the circle of radius rolls on the inside of the circle of radius . The point is at distance from the centre of the circle of radius . For this exampleand c = .
These curves were studied by la Hire, Desargues, Leibniz, Newton and many others.
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