arithmetic spiral

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Etymology[edit]

It is a spiral whose equation in polar coordinates is linear, which would thus, when quantized, yield an arithmetic progression.

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arithmetic spiral (plural arithmetic spirals)

  1. (mathematics) A spiral that increases in distance from the point of origin at a constant rate.
    The Parker spiral is the shape of the Sun's magnetic field as it extends through the solar system. Unlike the familiar shape of the field from a bar magnet, the Sun's extended field is twisted into an arithmetic spiral by the magnetohydrodynamic influence of the solar wind.[1]

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