Straight Line

Cartesian equation:
y=mx+cy = mx + c
or parametrically:
x=at+b,y=ct+dx = at + b, y = ct +d


The straight line must be one of the earliest curves studied, but Euclid in his Elementsalthough he devotes much study to the straight line, does not consider it a curve.

In fact nobody attempted a general definition of a curve until Jordan in his Cours d'Analysein 1893.

The inverse of a straight line is a circle if the centre of inversion is not on the line.

The negative pedal of the straight line is a parabola if the pedal point is not on the line.

Since normals to a straight line never intersect and tangents coincide with the curve, evolutes, involutes and pedal curves are not too interesting.

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Jeff Miller (Why is the slope of a straight line called mm?)