Helix

Pronunciation: /ˈhi lɪks/ Explain

A metal spring in the form of a helix.
Figure 1: Helix.

A helix is a curve formed by a straight line drawn on a plane when that plane is wrapped around a cylinder. The equation for a helix is a parametric equation where the independent variable θ is an angle on the x-y plane: x = a sin θ, y = a cos θ, z = bθ.

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McAdams, David E. Helix. 7/18/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/h/helix.html.

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7/16/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, implemented new Geogebra protocol. (McAdams, David E.)
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