# The Kappa Curve as a Locus

The Kappa Curve as a Locus

The kappa curve looks vaguely like a curly kappa, , and was studied by Newton, Bernoulli, and Gutschoven. Sometimes called Gutschoven's curve, its double cusp form can be represented as .

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yx+y=ax

2

2

2

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Let be the point (magenta). Let be the intersection point (blue) of the horizontal line with a line rotating about the origin . The kappa curve is the locus of points (red) on the rotating line such that distances (green segments).

R

(0,a)

S

y=a

y=xtan(θ)

O

P

OP=RS