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|Cartesian equation of a cone with vertex O: f(x,
z) = 0 with f homogeneous.
In particular: z = f(x, y) with f homogeneous of degree 1.
Cartesian parametrization: (directrix ).
Cylindrical equation: (directrix ).
Parametrization stemming from the polar coordinates of the plane of development of the cone:
Parametrization with geodesics (other than the generatrices): .
A cone is a ruled surface the generatrices of which pass through a fixed point O (its vertex), in other words, a surface globally invariant under any homothety centered on O (with ratio 0).
A curve traced on the cone that intersects all the generatrices is called a directrix of the cone; there exists a unique cone with given vertex and directrix.
An algebraic surface with equation f(x,y,z) = 0 is a cone with vertex O if and only if the polynomial f is homogeneous. The degree of f is then the degree of the cone (as an algebraic surface).
The sections of this cone by planes that do not pass by O are then the various curves (projectively equivalent) with homogeneous equation .
- cone of revolution
- elliptic cone
- sinusoidal cone
- Cartan's umbrella
Compare to the conoids.
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