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Geodesic Curvature of a curve on a flat surface

  1. Jun 16, 2010 #1

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    Sorry if this ends up being a naive question, but I have just a little conundrum. I'm dealing with curves in R2 and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem is a very useful result with what I'm currently doing, what with Gaussian curvature of a flat surface being zero, which is all fine

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    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Gauss-BonnetFormula.html

    To proceed with my problem, I need to show that the geodesic curvature of a curve in R2 is the same as the standard curvature of it. I can sort of understand how it is the case from its definition but can't show it, if you know what I mean.

    Thanks for all the help guys x
     

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