Cycloid ( parametric equation X- coordinate)

Description

A cycloid is the curve traced by a point on the rim of a circular wheel as the wheel rolls along a straight line without slippage. It is an example of a roulette, a curve generated by a curve rolling on another curve.The inverted cycloid (a cycloid rotated through 180°) is the solution to the brachistochrone problem (i.e., it is the curve of fastest descent under gravity) and the related tautochrone problem (i.e., the period of an object in descent without friction inside this curve does not depend on the object’s starting position). The cycloid through the origin, generated by a circle of radius r, consists of the points (x, y), has a parametric equation a real parameter, corresponding to the angle through which the rolling circle has rotated, measured in radians.

Related formulas

Variables

xX-coordinate (m)
rThe radius of the rolling circle (m)
tReal parameter, corresponding to the angle through which the rolling circle has rotated (radians)