Elliptic Curve Questions

Some things are not clear to me yet.

  1. I understand the Elliptic Curve creation has the formula y2=x3 + ax +b How and where are the values defined to create the curve? Are this always the same values everytime you create a new set of keys?

  2. The first point 0 seems that’s a given value, how and where is this value created? Is this always the same?

  3. The parameters of the box around the curve seems defined in the system. Where are those values defined? Hardcoded in de software?

Thanks for the great course!

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Bitcoin’s elliptic curve actually has a name - secp256k1. Here’s some info on it:


As to where the parameters are stored, it would be inside the relevant functions. So a ‘generate address’ function would just reference the secp256k1 spec.

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Hi @Grant_Hawkins,

I am a bit confused on the relation between the origin point and the generator point. I feel like I need to take it one step back, as everything in the ECC proces starts with just having these two. I question then:

  • I understand that the generator point I choose myself. Is this point then private or is it publicly known?
  • And the origin point from where I draw the first line, is that one fixed for all ECC calculations? Does everyone know my particular origin point or does everyone use the same point for all of their own calculations?

Thanks in advance!

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Both points should be pre-defined as parameters for whatever system you’re dealing with.

For the Bitcoin elliptic curve (see my above post), point G is given about halfway down the page.

If it’s within some signature scheme (for example), that scheme will have some G that you use for it.

So everyone uses the same origin and generator. Private key is how many ‘steps forward’ they take from there, and Public key is the coordinates where they ‘finish’.


OOOOOHH I get it now, thanks!

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