Family of Curves

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family of curves

[‚fam·lē əv ′kərvz]
A set of curves whose equations can be obtained by varying a finite number of parameters in a particular general equation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Family of Curves


a set of curves that depend in a continuous manner on one or more parameters. In the plane, for example, a family of curves can be specified by an equation of the form

(*) F(x, y, C1, C2,…, Cn = 0

where C1,C2,…, Cn are parameters. If the parameters are assigned particular numerical values, then equation (*) defines a single curve. A family of curves on a surface is defined in a similar way. In this case, the Cartesian coordinates x and y in equation (*) are replaced by the intrinsic coordinates u and v on the surface.

It is usually assumed that F is a continuous function with respect to the set of its arguments and has a continuous partial derivative with respect to each argument. The concept of an envelope plays an important role in the study of one-parameter families in the plane or on an arbitrary surface.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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