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ARCHIMEDEAN SPIRAL
Discovery of the curve attributed to
Conon
of Samos, disciple of Archimedes ; modern study by Sacchi in 1854.
Archimedes of Syracuse (287212 av. J.C.) : Greek savant. Other name : equilateral spiral. Link to an animation of the compressor with spiral. 
For a spiral with path
:
Polar equation : . Transcendental curve. Caracterisation : ( = tangential polar angle). Arc length: . Radius of curvature : . Length of the nth spire obtained for :
where
is the mean of the lengths of the circles of radius ne and (n
+1)e.



For example, ,
what Archimedes knew already :
"The surface of the first round of the spiral is equal to one third of the surface of the circle of which the radius is the length traveled by the point on the straight line during the first round". 
The Archimedean spiral is the trajectory of a point moving uniformly on a straight line of a plane, this line turning itself uniformly around one of its points (carried out for example by the groove of a good old vinyl disk) ; here, O is the center of rotation, r = 0 for q = 0.
Now, notice the difference with the
logarithmic
spiral.
For example, a person on a turntable rotating at a constant
speed and traveling at a constant speed towards the center, describes, in
the fixed reference frame, an Archimedean spiral (see the curve
of the swimmer and see also the circle
involute for the case where the person does not go towards the center).
Remark : all conchoid of this spiral, of equation , is still an Archimedean spiral, that is an image of the previous one by a rotation of angle –b/a. This translates kinematicly into the fact that if an Archimedean spiral rotates around its center with a uniform movement, the intersection of the spiral with a line crossing by the center describe a uniform movement (this is used to transform a circular movement into a rectilinear movement, for example for the regular filling of a bobbin  cf. the former sewing machines; see also at circle involute). 

Heartshaped cam, formed of two branches of Archimedean spirals: the rotation movement is transformed into the succession of two straight rectilinear movements of opposite directions. 
On the right of the sewing machine is the heartshaped cam. 
Other application: if a stick of length 2a is forced to slide at the top of an Archimedean spiral, and its middle is forced to pass through the central loop of this spiral, the ends describe the previous heartshaped cam. 

Chasles' Theorem : The Archimedean spiral is the roulette
obtained by rolling a line on a circle with center O and radius
a and taking a tracer point located at a distance to that line equal to the radius
of the circle. The projected point of this tracer point on the line tracing
a circle involute,
we deduce that the Archimedean spiral is also the pedal
curve of the circle involute.
This circle involute, which is therefore very simply constructed by rolling a straight line on a circle, is in fact a simple means of constructing the Archimedean spiral in an aproached fashion. 
As well as the golden
spiral for the logarithmic spiral, the Archimedean spiral possesses
approached constructions by arcs of a circle, as the spiral with 4 centers
opposite (arcs of a circle are colored with the same color as the corresponding
centers); this construction becomes widespread with an
any number of centers.

The Theodorus (of Cyrene)'s said spiral, or snail
of Pythagoras (in german, Quadratwurzelschnecke), supplies an approached
construction by right segments of an Archimedean spiral.
The construction of the vertices of the polygonal line is indicated below, starting from at a distance1 of O on Ox. has as polar angle and we show that and that approaches a constant value = –2,15778...... The Theodorus spiral is then asymptotic to the Archimedean spiral as we well see on the figure to the right (in red, Theodorus, in blue, Archimedes). 
The Archimedean spiral can also be defined as a curve with constant polar subnormal.
Finally, it is the (orthogonal) projection of the conic spiral of Pappus on a plane orthogonal to the axis of the cone.
 a quadratrix: if A is the point of polar angle and B the point of intersection of the tangent in A with Oy, OB / OA = .
 a trisectrix
and even a
nsectrix :
if a line of polar angle
cuts it at ,
the circle with center O and a radius of
cuts it in
.
See at wheelroad couple the rolling of an Archimedean spiral on a parabola.
See also the conical
spiral of Pappus, the conical analogue of the Archimedean spiral, and
the clelie, its spherical
analogue. Finally,
see the Doppler spiral.
All sequence of points of the complex plane wich modulus and amplitude are in arithmetical progression describes an Archimedean spiral.
For example, in the figure below, for n = 30, the points of polar coordinates have been plotted, in blue if l is even, in red otherwise; these points are staggered at the intersection of concentric circles of radii in arithmetic progression and concurrent lines; but they are also located on the Archimedean spirals of equation , hence a nice effect.
Spiral mosaics from Guy Barthélémy 

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