"Generating Lissajous Figures" from The Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Contributed by: Michael Rogers (Oxford College/Emory University)
Generating Lissajous Figures
Given two wheels connected by a belt and a point on the outer rim of each, one can generate a Lissajous figure by the motion of the wheels. The coordinates of a point on a wheel can be described by sine functions of a certain frequency and phase shift.
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