Lineal Element Transformations Which Preserve the Dual-Isothermal Character.

  • J de Cicco
  • Published 1941 in
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…


THEOREM. In order that a system S of o I curves represents the additivemultiplicative trajectories ofa given field, it is necessary (but not sufficient) that S possesses the dynamical Property I; this may be stated simply in either of these alternative geometric forms: Property Ia: For the o I curves of S passing through any lineal element E of the plane, construct the osculating parabolas at E. The locus of the foci of these is a circle passing through the point of E. Property Ib: The 1 directrices of these osculating parabolas all pass through afixed point, thusforming a pencil of straight lines. Differential equations of the general form (10), that is, triply infinite systems of curves possessing Property I, have presented themselves in a great variety of physical and geometrical problems. For example, dynamical trajectories, catenaries, brachistochrones, sectional families and curvature trajectories.2

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@article{Cicco1941LinealET, title={Lineal Element Transformations Which Preserve the Dual-Isothermal Character.}, author={J de Cicco}, journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America}, year={1941}, volume={27 8}, pages={409-12} }