When a and b are not equal, but k is an integer:

There are still k-number of loops, but the loops do not come together in the middle of the graph.

In the above case, a=12, b=4, and k=10

**Notice that a > b ... Do you think the graph would change if

a < b?  Let's look and see!

In the above case, a=4, b=12, and k=10

YES!!!  It does make a difference whether a>b or a<b!

**NOTICE:  There are 10 small loops (a-value) and 10 larger loops (b-value)!