CYLINDER OF REVOLUTION Equation of the cylinder with radius R and axis (O, ) with : . Cylindrical equation: . Cartesian equation: . Cartesian parametrizations: or (cf figure on the right). Developable quadric. First fundamental quadratic form: . Surface element: . Second fundamental quadratic form: . Parametrization the coordinate lines of which form a double lattice of orthogonal circular helices, which are also the rhumb lines at 45° of this cylinder (be it placed horizontally or vertically).

The cylinder of revolution is the surface generated by the revolution of a line parallel to an axis, around this axis.
The cylinder can be developed by mapping a point M to the point of the plane with Cartesian coordinates .
Remarkable curves traced on the cylinder of revolution:
- curvature lines: the circles z = constant and the generatrices.
- geodesics, helices and rhumb lines: the circles z = constant, the generatrices, and the circular helices.

See also the cylindrical curves, and the equidomoids. Intersection between 3 orthogonal cylinders, by Alain Esculier

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