x2/3 + y2/3 = a2/3
x = a cos3(t), y = a sin3(t)
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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|
The astroid only acquired its present name in 1836 in a book published in Vienna. It has been known by various names in the literature, even after 1836, including cubocycloid and paracycle.
The length of the astroid is 6a and its area is 3πa2/8.
The gradient of the tangent T from the point with parameter p is -tan(p). The equation of this tangent T is
It can be formed by rolling a circle of radius a/4 on the inside of a circle of radius a.
It can also be formed as the envelope produced when a line segment is moved with each end on one of a pair of perpendicular axes. It is therefore a glissette.
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