# Superellipse

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A **superellipse**, also known as a **Lamé curve** after Gabriel Lamé, is a closed curve resembling the ellipse, retaining the geometric features of semi-major axis and semi-minor axis, and symmetry about them, but a different overall shape.

In the Cartesian coordinate system, the set of all points $(x,y)$ on the curve satisfy the equation

- $\left|{\frac {x}{a}}\right|^{n}\!\!+\left|{\frac {y}{b}}\right|^{n}\!=1,$

where $n,a$ and $b$ are positive numbers, and the vertical bars around a number indicate the absolute value of the number. The 3-dimensional generalization is called superellipsoid (some literatures also name it superquadrics).[1][2]

In the Polar coordinate system, the superellipse equation is (the set of all points $(r,\theta )$ on the curve satisfy the equation) :

$r=\left(\left|{\frac {cos(\theta )}{a}}\right|^{n}\!\!+\left|{\frac {sin(\theta )}{b}}\right|^{n}\!\right)^{-1/n}\!,$