Geodesic curvature

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In Riemannian geometry, the geodesic curvature k_g of a curve \gamma measures how far the curve is from being a geodesic.wikipedia
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In Riemannian geometry, the geodesic curvature k_g of a curve \gamma measures how far the curve is from being a geodesic.
In a Riemannian manifold or submanifold geodesics are characterised by the property of having vanishing geodesic curvature.


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For example, for 1D curves on a 2D surface embedded in 3D space, it is the curvature of the curve projected onto the surface's tangent plane.
These are the normal curvature, geodesic curvature and geodesic torsion.

Gauss–Bonnet theorem

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Suppose M is a compact two-dimensional Riemannian manifold with boundary \partial M. Let K be the Gaussian curvature of M, and let k_g be the geodesic curvature of \partial M.

Darboux frame

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The (ambient) curvature k of \gamma depends on two factors: the curvature of the submanifold M in the direction of \gamma (the normal curvature k_n), which depends only on the direction of the curve, and the curvature of \gamma seen in M (the geodesic curvature k_g), which is a second order quantity.

Riemannian geometry

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In Riemannian geometry, the geodesic curvature k_g of a curve \gamma measures how far the curve is from being a geodesic.

Arc length

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Consider a curve \gamma in a manifold \bar{M}, parametrized by arclength, with unit tangent vector.

Covariant derivative

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Its curvature is the norm of the covariant derivative of T:.

Gauss–Codazzi equations

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Ferdinand Minding

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Minding considered questions of bending of surfaces and proved the invariance of geodesic curvature.

Hyperbolic geometry

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If the Gaussian curvature of the plane is −1 then the geodesic curvature of a circle of radius r is:

Geodesics on an ellipsoid

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geodesic curvature—i.e., the analogue of straight lines on a

Rhumb line

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In other words, a great circle is locally "straight" with zero geodesic curvature, whereas a rhumb line has non-zero geodesic curvature.

Tensor network theory

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This allowed the trajectories of objects to be modeled as geodesic curves (or optimal paths) in a Riemannian space manifold.

Geometrized unit system

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Path curvature is the reciprocal of the magnitude of the curvature vector of a curve, so in geometric units it has the dimension of inverse length.

Rindler coordinates

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One way to see this is to observe that the magnitude of the acceleration vector is just the path curvature of the corresponding world line.

Elasticity of cell membranes

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where k_n, k_g, and \tau_g are normal curvature, geodesic curvature, and geodesic torsion of the boundary curve, respectively.

Four-vertex theorem

Four Vertex Theorem
The stereographic projection from the sphere to the plane preserves critical points of geodesic curvature.

Capstan equation

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where k_gis a geodesic curvature of the rope curve, k is a curvature of a rope curve, \mu_\tauis a coefficient of friction in the tangential direction.


If the metric is normalized to have Gaussian curvature −1, then the horocycle is a curve of geodesic curvature 1 at every point.