By Francis Borceux

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Provided the following can be made precise, the idea is this: The osculating plane at a fixed point P of a skew curve is the limit of the planes through P , Q, R, when Q and R are two other points of the curve converging to P . Lancret observed that the axis of curvature is perpendicular to the osculating plane. Following the comments of the previous sections, we need not re-emphasize the fact that the definitions of Monge and Lancret, however intuitive, raise endless difficulties! Again, this is not the point here: in the “good cases” these definitions should recapture what we have in mind.

Consider instead lim t→t0 f (t) − f (t0 ) t − t0 which, when it exists, is simply f (t0 ). Of course for such an approach to be efficient, not only must the derivative exist, but it must be non-zero! 1 Consider a regular parametric representation of a curve f : ]a, b[ −→ R2 . 7 Rectification of a Curve 27 • The tangent to this curve at the point with parameter t0 is the line containing f (t0 ) and of direction f (t0 ). • The normal to this curve at the point with parameter t0 is the perpendicular to the tangent at this point.

If you strengthen the conditions in order to avoid some pathologies, then you eliminate some examples that you would like to keep, and conversely. Moreover, working with parametric equations or with a Cartesian equation lead rather naturally to non-equivalent choices of definitions. 2, and we shall stop our endless search for possible improvements of these definitions. 1 A tangent to a circle at one of its points P is a line whose intersection with the circle is reduced to the point P . 2 Given a point P of a circle, there exists a unique tangent at P to the circle, namely, the perpendicular to the radius at P (see Fig.