What is lemniscate? - Definition from WhatIs.com
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A lemniscate is a plane curve with a characteristic shape, consisting of two loops that meet at a central point as shown below. The curve is also known as the lemniscate of Bernoulli.

 

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In the (x, y) plane, the lemniscate can be described in terms of the following general equation:

(x 2 + y 2) 2 = 2a 2 (x 2 - y 2)

where a represents the greatest distance between the curve and the origin. There are two points on the curve that meet this criterion; both of them lie on the x axis. In the above graph, if each division represents one unit, then a = 5.

The lemniscate, reduced in size to that of typographical characters, is commonly used as the symbol for infinity, or for a value that increases without limit.







 

This was last updated in May 2015
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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