Pronunciation: /k…úrv/ Explain
Figure 1: Curves

A curve is a continuous, one-dimensional set of points. 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. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, curve. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 52. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (McAdams, David E.)
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