**Parametric Cartesian equation: **

*x* = *a* sin(*nt* + *c*), *y* = *b* sin(*t*)

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Lissajous curves or Lissajous figures are sometimes called

Lissajous curves have applications in physics, astronomy and other sciences.

Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) was an American. He learnt Latin to study Newton's *Principia* and later other languages to study mathematics in these languages. His *New American Practical Navigator* (1802) and his translation of Laplace's *Mécanique céleste* gave him an international reputation.

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