Animated drawing
Examples for demonstration
Here you have a list of curves and surfaces plotted with animation.
You may either see them directly, or load them into the menu and play
with them (i.e. change parameters and options).

A plane curve which is progressively drawn. (Cycloid)
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The Cycloid is the orbit of a point on a circle rolling along a straight line. Here you can see how this is done precisely, with multiple curve plotting.
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By the same principle, the astroid (cos^3(t),sin^3(t)) is the orbit of a point on a circle of radius 1/4 rolling inside a fixed circle of radius 1.
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We have also the astroid with 3 arcs.
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Zooming effect on the curve sin(1/x).
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A moving tangent along a plane parametric curve (cardioid).
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The moving tangent along the astroid has a special property: the segment of the tangent cut out by the coordinate axes is of constant length.
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How an ellipse is drawn by a point on a segment of fixed length with two extremities on the x and y axes respectively.
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An animation which illustrates the functions sin and cos as vertical and horizontal positions of a moving point on a circle.
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Rotating and growing trefoil.
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A space cubic curve. Most simple, but only its movement shows what it is about.
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A Lissajous figure with rotating phase.
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The above Lissajous figure is a projection of this space curve. (To see how the projection works, load this formula into the menu and set vertical viewing angle to 0.)
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Another space curve, a little bit more complicated: hyperbolic spiral.
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Paraboloïd z=ax^{2}+by^{2}. One sees the surface deform with the variations of a and b.
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Deformation of hyperboloid x^{2}+y^{2}+az^{2}=1. Vertical.
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Deformation of hyperboloïde x^{2}+ay^{2}+z^{2}=1. Horizontal.
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The Moebius band.
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Riemann surface of two sheets crossing each other.
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A surface with a singular line, which resembles the precedent one but does not cross.
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Deformation of one into the other, for the above two surfaces. Without rotation.
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As above but with rotation at the same time.
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A plane deforming into a cylinder then back to a plane from the other direction.
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If you have produced a particularly interesting plot, please
let me know
(with descriptions, formulas et options). I might include it into this demo
page (of course with credit to you).
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