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spiral of Archimedes

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noun Geometry.

a curve that is the locus of a point that moves outward with uniform speed along a vector, beginning at the origin, while the vector rotates about the origin with uniform angular velocity. Equation (in polar coordinates): r = aθ.

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Origin of spiral of Archimedes

First recorded in 1650–60; named after Archimedes
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spiral of Archimedes

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maths a spiral having the equation r = a θ, where a is a constant. It is the locus of a point moving to or from the origin at a constant speed along a line rotating around that origin at a constant speed
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