# Galilean spiral

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

A plane curve whose equation in polar coordinates is

The spiral is symmetric with respect to the polar axis (see Fig.) and has a double point at the pole with tangents forming angles equal to with the polar axis.

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The polar axis of a Galilean spiral contains infinitely many double points, for which , where . The Galilean spiral is a so-called algebraic spiral (cf. Spirals). Named after G. Galilei (1683) in connection with his studies on the free fall of solids.

#### References

[1] | A.A. Savelov, "Planar curves" , Moscow (1960) (In Russian) |

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Galilean spiral.

*Encyclopedia of Mathematics.*URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Galilean_spiral&oldid=13942

This article was adapted from an original article by D.D. Sokolov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article