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Adding tangent (velocity) vectors to a plot of a space curve [duplicate]

I am just getting started with Mathematica and need help plotting tangential vectors to a 3D parametric function. I know how to do this in 2D but am unsure how to do it in 3D. Maybe I am using the ...
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Draw Vector Tangent to Point on Parameterized Curve [duplicate]

I define the vector function $\vec{r}(t)$ by r[t_] = {t, Cos[t], Sin[t]} The command r'[t] gives the vector tangent to the ...
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How to define the tangent gradient operator? [duplicate]

I would like to define a new differential operator that is the tangent gradient for a curve $\Sigma$. This is defined as $$\nabla_\Sigma=\mathbf{P}\nabla$$ where $\mathbf{P}$ is the projection ...
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Using Manipulate, how do you display the points on the curve and the tangent vector? [duplicate]

I'm new to Mathematica and my assignment is very vague... I'm hoping someone can explain to me a bit more of that this quesion means: Given the curve C, display the point on the curve and the ...
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Finding tangents and curvature of a parametric curve in 3D [duplicate]

I am in a calculus 3 class and cannot figure out how to get Mathematica to solve for unit tangent, normal tangent, binormal tangent, and curvature without getting a supper messy result. This is the ...
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How to find the magnitude of a vector?

I'm doing this exercise in Wagner's book (p.78) , and this is my attempt: ...
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Computing Gaussian curvature

Can Gaussian curvature $K$ be computed from WolframAlpha or any other available Mathematica program? Please indicate the program or its reference. If input ...
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Plotting a 2D shape along a 3D parametric function curve

Say I have a 3D curve that is parametrically defined. How would I be able to plot shapes like figure 8's whose centers are aligned along the 3D curve? Say the curve was: ...
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How to show a time-dependent vector (velocity) with Manipulate? [duplicate]

I have this problem: I want to show the velocity vector Arrow[{pos, pos + vel}] with Manipulate ...
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Using the epsilon tensor in Mathematica

I'm having a great deal of trouble getting started on a weekly homework assignment in Mathematica. The assignment requires we use the epsilon tensor which is apparently built into Mathematica as ...
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Solving the Frenet Serret equations for non-constant curvature and torsion, obtaining parametric equations [duplicate]

I wish to solve for the curvature and torsion functions $k_1 = \dfrac{1}{1+s^2}, k_2 = \dfrac{s}{1+s^2}$ using the Frenet Serret system and obtain the parametric equations for the curve. I need the ...
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Drawing normals to a curve

I want to draw a series of normals to a curve, where the curve has been parametrized by a single angle, i.e., the polar angle. The curve is actually sinusoidal perturbation of a circle of radius 1/2,...
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Calculating curvature of a contour

I have an equation of a scalar field in the form $$f(x, y) = x^2 + y^2 + xy + c$$ I want to find the curvature of the contour of the curve at $f_c = f(0.5, 0.5)$. So I need to calculate the ...
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Simple Plot of Vector

I have a vector $<x(t),y(t),z(t)>$ constrained to a unit sphere. I am trying to plot what the vector looks like as time progresses. What would be the easiest approach to visualizing this? I ...

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