Cardioid is closed curve with one cusp.


In geometry, the cardioid is an epicycloid with one cusp.


* epicycloid produced as the path (or locus) of a point on the circumference of a circle as that circle rolls around another fixed circle with the same radius.

*limaçon with one cusp. The cusp is formed when the ratio of a to b in the equation is equal to one.

*an inverse curve of a parabola [ [ Weisstein, Eric W. "Inverse Curve." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource. ] ] with focus as an invesion center [ [ Weisstein, Eric W. "Parabola Inverse Curve." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource. ] ] .

* an image of circle partial D = left{ w: abs(2w)=1 ight } under complex map w o c = w-w^2 ,. [ [ 3D-XplorMath Conformal Maps a*z^b+b*z ] ]
* Sinusoidal spiral : r^n = a^n cos(n heta),

::forqquad n = frac{1}{2},


The name comes from the heart shape of the curve (Greek "kardioeides" = "kardia":heart + "eidos":shape). Compared to the heart symbol (♥), though, a cardioid only has one sharp point (or cusp). It is rather shaped more like the outline of the cross section of a plum.


Since the cardioid is an epicycloid with one cusp, in cartesian coordinates it has parametric equations

: x(t) = 2r left( cos t - {1 over 2} cos 2 t ight) ,

: y(t) = 2r left( sin t - {1 over 2} sin 2 t ight) ,

where r is the radius of the circles which generate the curve, and the fixed circle is centered at the origin. The cuspis at (r,0).

The polar equation

: ho(t) = 2r(1 - cos t). ,

yields a cardioid with the same shape. It is the same curve as the cardioid given above, shifted to the left r units, sothe cusp is at the origin.

For a proof, see cardioid proofs.


:"Four graphs of cardioids oriented in the four cardinal directions, with their respective polar equations."


The area of a cardioid with polar equation: ho (t) = a(1 - cos t) ,is: A = {3over 2} pi a^2 .

"See proof."


Mandelbrot set

There are many cardioids in Mandelbrot set [] :
* boundary of large central figure ( period 1 hyperbolic component) is a cardioid with equation :

c = frac{e^{it{2} - left (frac{e^{it{2} ight )^2 ,
* second largest cardioid is boundary of period 3 component on main antennae, c = left ( frac{(P-1)sqrt{27P^2-22P+23{6sqrt{3-frac{27P^2-36P+25}{54} ight ) ^{1/3}+ frac{3P+1}{9left(frac{ (P-1) sqrt{27P^2-22P+23{6 sqrt{3 -frac{27P^2-36P+25}{54} ight )^{1/3 - frac{2}{3} ,

where P = frac{e^{it{2^3} ,

* generealy every mini copy of Mandelbrot set contains one cardioid.


Caustics can take the shape of cardioids. The caustic seen at the bottom of a coffee cup, for instance, may be a cardioid. The specific curve depends on the angle the light source makes relative to the bottom of the cup. The shape can be a nephroid, which looks quite similar.

ee also

* Wittgenstein's rod
* microphone - for a discussion of cardioid microphones
* Loop antenna
* Radio direction finder
* Radio direction finding
* Yagi antenna



External links

* [ Hearty Munching on Cardioids] at cut-the-knot
* Xah Lee, " [ Cardioid] " (1998) "(This site provides a number of alternative constructions)".
* Jan Wassenaar, " [ Cardioid] ", (2005)

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  • Cardioid — Car di*oid, n. [Gr. kardio eidh s heart shaped; kardi a heart + e i^dos shape.] (Math.) An algebraic curve, so called from its resemblance to a heart. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cardioid — [kär′dē oid΄] n. [Gr kardioeidēs, heart shaped < kardia, HEART + oeidēs, OID] Math. a curve more or less in the shape of a heart, traced by a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls around the circumference of another equal circle …   English World dictionary

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  • cardioid — noun Date: 1753 a heart shaped curve that is traced by a point on the circumference of a circle rolling completely around an equal fixed circle and has an equation in one of the forms ρ = a(1 ± cos θ) or ρ = a(1 ± sin θ) in polar coordinates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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