Helix

Pronunciation: /ˈhi lɪks/ ?

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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