# Poinsot's spirals

In mathematics, Poinsot's spirals are two spirals represented by the polar equations

${\displaystyle r=a\ \operatorname {csch} (n\theta )}$
${\displaystyle r=a\ \operatorname {sech} (n\theta )}$

where csch is the hyperbolic cosecant, and sech is the hyperbolic secant.[1] They are named after the French mathematician Louis Poinsot.

## Examples of the two types of Poinsot's spirals

 The Poinsot spiral r=csch(θ/3). The Poinsot spiral r=sech(θ/3).