# Spiral - Characteristics Of A Spiral, Types Of Spirals

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A spiral is a **curve** formed by a point revolving around a fixed axis at an ever-increasing distance. It can be defined by a mathematical function which relates the distance of a point from its origin to the **angle** at which it is rotated. Some common spirals include the spiral of
**This famed spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel (Chapel of** **Our Lady of Light) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has no central support.** Photograph by G.R. Gainer. Stock Market. Reproduced by permission.
Archimedes and the hyperbolic spiral. Another type of spiral, called a logarithmic spiral, is found in many instances in nature.

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A spiral is a function which relates the distance of a point from the origin to its angle with the positive x axis. The equation for a spiral is typically given in terms of its polar coordinates. The polar coordinate system is another way in which points on a graph can be located. In the rectangular coordinate system, each point is defined by its x and y distance from the origin. For example, the …

Spirals are classified by the mathematical relationship between the length r of the radius vector, and the vector angle q, which is made with the positive x axis. Some of the most common include the spiral of Archimedes, the logarithmic spiral, parabolic spiral, and the hyperbolic spiral. Another type of curve similar to a spiral is a helix. A helix is like a spiral in that it is a curve made by r…

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