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# TangentialAngle

Compute the tangential angle of a curve

Contributed by: Wolfram Staff (original content by Alfred Gray)
 ResourceFunction["TangentialAngle"][c,t] computes the tangential angle of the curve c parameterized by variable t.

## Details and Options

The tangential angle φ of a plane curve is defined as ρ dφ=ds, where ρ is the radius of curvature and s the arc length. Integration gives , where κ=1/ρ.
Gray (1997) calls it the turning angle.

## Examples

### Basic Examples (4)

Tangential angle for a curve:

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Tangential angle for several curves:

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A more complicated result:

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The ellipse pedal curve:

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Plot the curve:

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The tangential angle:

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### Properties and Relations (2)

For some named curves, it is possible to get the tangential angle using entities, but the output can be written in a different way:

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Evaluating at one point:

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### Possible Issues (1)

Some cases may need some time to compute:

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Enrique Zeleny

## Version History

• 1.0.0 – 30 September 2020