Definition:Directed Smooth Curve/Parameterization/Complex Plane

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Let $C$ be a directed smooth curve in the complex plane $\C$.

Let $\gamma: \closedint a b \to \C$ be a smooth path in $\C$.

Then $\gamma$ is a parameterization of $C$ if and only if $\gamma$ is a representative of the equivalence class that constitutes $C$.


Let $\phi: \closedint c d \to \closedint a b$ be a bijective differentiable strictly increasing real function.

Let $\sigma : \closedint c d \to \C$ be defined by:

$\sigma = \gamma \circ \phi$

Then $\sigma$ is called a reparameterization of $C$.

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Linguistic Note

There are four valid spellings of this term:

  • parameterization and parametrization (both US spellings)
  • parameterisation and parametrisation (both UK spellings).

This site prefers the more modern US spelling parameterization.