Pronunciation: /kɜrv/ ?
Figure 1: Curves

A curve is a continuous, one-dimensional set of points.[1] A curve can exist in one or more dimensions. Lines and line segments both meet the mathematical definition of a curve.

A curve is closed if the end point of the curve is in the same location as the start point. A curve is open if it is not closed.

A curve is simple if it does not cross itself. A curve is complex if it is not simple.


  1. curve. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08).

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2010-08-05: Added simple or closed curve. (McAdams, David.)
2010-01-06: Added "References" (McAdams, David.)
2008-12-03: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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