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2009 Singular points of real quartic and quintic curves
David A. Weinberg, Nicholas J. Willis
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Tbilisi Math. J. 2: 95-134 (2009). DOI: 10.32513/tbilisi/1528768844

Abstract

There are thirteen types of singular points for irreducible real quartic curves and seventeen types of singular points for reducible real quartic curves. This classification is originally due to D. A. Gudkov. There are nine types of singular points for irreducible complex quartic curves and ten types of singular points for reducible complex quartic curves. There are 42 types of real singular points for irreducible real quintic curves and 49 types of real singular points for reducible real quintic curves. The classification of real singular points for irreducible real quintic curves is originally due to Golubina and Tai. There are 28 types of singular points for irreducible complex quintic curves and 33 types of singular points for reducible complex quintic curves. We derive the complete classification with proof by using the computer algebra system Maple. We clarify that the classification is based on computing just enough of the Puiseux expansion to separate the branches. Thus, the proof consists of a sequence of large symbolic computations that can be done nicely using Maple.

Acknowledgment

The authors wish to thank Tomas Recio (Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain), Carlos Andradas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), Eugenii Shustin (Tel-Aviv University), Jeffrey M. Lee (Texas Tech University) and Anatoly Korchagin (Texas Tech University) for several useful conversations. We also wish to thank the referees for several suggestions that greatly helped to improve the clarity in this paper.

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David A. Weinberg. Nicholas J. Willis. "Singular points of real quartic and quintic curves." Tbilisi Math. J. 2 95 - 134, 2009. https://doi.org/10.32513/tbilisi/1528768844

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Received: 30 June 2008; Revised: 3 December 2009; Accepted: 24 December 2009; Published: 2009
First available in Project Euclid: 12 June 2018

zbMATH: 1200.14111
MathSciNet: MR2673506
Digital Object Identifier: 10.32513/tbilisi/1528768844

Subjects:
Primary: 14P25
Secondary: 14B99, 14H20

Rights: Copyright © 2009 Tbilisi Centre for Mathematical Sciences

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