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WHAT IS A CYCLOID? HOW TO DRAW A CYCLOID 
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Imagine selecting a point on the edge of a car wheel (drawn as a small white dot). Then, push the wheel, allowing it to roll along a flat surface, in a straight line, for one revolution. The path traced out by the white cdot (your selected point), follows a curve called a cycloid. 
SIMPLE ANIMATION OF A BASIC CYCLOID 
SIMPLE ANIMATION OF A BASIC CYCLOID WITH CONSTRUCTION / GUIDELINES 
WHY IS THE STUDY OF CYCLOIDS IMPORTANT? 
They have been studied for centuries, because they have significant applications in physics, mathematics, design and engineering. Cycloids have relevance in designing gears, timing mechanisms for clocks and plotting graphs that predict the role of gravity in astrophysics. There are many more important applications. 
HOW TO DRAW A CYCLOID 
The geometrical technique for drawing the cycloid is shown below. The circle is divided into 12 sectors. A pair of dividers is used to measure the distance across one of the circleâ€™s sectors and it is duplicated 12 times on the base line. 
HOW TO DRAW A SIMPLE CYCLOID 
STAGE ONE 
STAGE TWO 
STAGE THREE 
STAGE FOUR 
STAGE FIVE 
STAGE SIX 
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