Interpret this geometrically

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In summary, the conversation discusses a function f from R1 to R3, where the absolute value of f(t) is equal to 1 and the product of f'(t) and f(t) is equal to 0. The speakers consider whether this can be imagined as two tangent vectors and suggest that the curve may be a subset of a common surface, possibly a sphere or circle. Ultimately, they conclude that the curve is a subset of a sphere.
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Hi,

I'm trying to get an idea of what this is in my head but I do not have mathematica handy.

f:R1 to R3
|f(t)|=1
and f'(t)f(t)=0

should I just imagine these as being two tangent vectors.
 
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If that is a dot product, you should already know of a common simple curve whose tangent lines are always perpendicular to the position vector of the curve. The fact that the length of the position vector is a constant should tell you that the curve is a subset of a particular common surface.
 
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Me thinks sphere.
 
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Yous thinks right.

Well, circle I think, actually.
 
  • #5
The sphere is the right idea. Note that the curve does not need to be a circle.
 

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