A crunode at the origin of the curve defined by y2x2(x+1)=0

In mathematics, a crunode (archaic) or node is a point where a curve intersects itself so that both branches of the curve have distinct tangent lines at the point of intersection. A crunode is also known as an ordinary double point.[1]

For a plane curve, defined as the locus of points f(x, y) = 0, where f(x, y) is a smooth function of variables x and y ranging over the real numbers, a crunode of the curve is a singularity of the function f, where both partial derivatives and vanish. Further the Hessian matrix of second derivatives will have both positive and negative eigenvalues.

See also


  1. Weisstein, Eric W. "Crunode". Mathworld. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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