# Curves

### Lame Curves

### Description

In 1818 Lamé discussed the curves with equation given above. He considered more general curves than just those where $n$ is an integer. If $n$ is a rational then the curve is algebraic but, for irrational $n$, the curve is transcendental.The curve drawn above is the case $n = 4$. For even integers $n$ the curve becomes closer to a rectangle as $n$ increases. For odd integer values of $n$ the curve looks like the even case in the positive quadrant but goes to infinity in both the second and fourth quadrants.

The case $n = {{2}\over{3}}$ is the Astroid, while the case $n = 3$ is the (so-called) Witch of Agnesi.

The case $n = {{5}\over{2}}$ has been associated with the Danish architect and poet Piet Hein (inventor of the Soma Cube) under the name of

*superellipse*and have been used for a variety of purposes, including motorway bridges and other architectural applications.