spiral of archimedes


spiral of archimedes
Usage: usually capitalized A

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Geom.
a curve that is the locus of a point that moves outward with uniform speed along a vector, beginning at the origin, while the vector rotates about the origin with uniform angular velocity. Equation (in polar coordinates): r = a t.
[1650-60; named after ARCHIMEDES]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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