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October 9, 2007

Problem: Advanced Mathematics: Spiral Curves

What is a spiral curve, as used in surveying?

(A) A spiral curve is also known as a compound circular curve.
(B) A spiral curve is a hyperbolic curve in the horizontal plane.
(C) A spiral curve is a loxodrome.
(D) A spiral curve is a curve with a uniformly varying radius.

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Answer: D

A spiral curve, as used in surveying, is a curve whose radius is constantly increasing or decreasing at a uniform rate as the curve continues. There are several mathematical solutions of spiral curves.