In designing involute gear teeth, it is essential that the fundamental
properties of the involute curve be clearly understood. A review of "the Fundamental Laws of the Involute Curve"
found in last issue will help in this respect. It has previously been shown that the involute curve has its origin at the base circle. Its length, however, may be anything from zero at the origin or starting point on to infinity. The problem, therefore, in designing gear teeth, is to select that portion of the involute, which will best meet all requirements.