The radius of curvature is given by
where is the Curvature. At a given point on a curve, is the radius of the Osculating Circle.
The symbol is sometimes used instead of to denote the radius of curvature.
Let and be given parametrically by
where and .
Similarly, if the curve is written in the form , then the radius of curvature is given by
See also Bend (Curvature), Curvature, Osculating Circle, Torsion (Differential Geometry)
Kreyszig, E. Differential Geometry. New York: Dover, p. 34, 1991.
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