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Bennigan88

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[tex] \left( 1 + {y'}^2 \right)y = k^2 [/tex]

So I have:

[tex] 1 + {y'}^2 = \frac{k^2}{y} [/tex]

[tex] {y'}^2 = \frac{k^2}{y} - 1 [/tex]

[tex] y' = \sqrt{{\frac{k^2}{y} - 1}} [/tex]

Then I am asked to show that if I introduce the following:

[tex] y = k^2 \sin^2t [/tex]

Then the equation for y' found above takes the form:

[tex] 2k^2\sin^2t dt = dx [/tex]

My attempt looks like this:

[tex] y' = \sqrt{ \frac{k^2}{y} - 1} [/tex]

[tex] y' = \sqrt{ \frac{k^2}{k^2 \sin^2t}-1} [/tex]

[tex] y' = \sqrt{ \csc^2t - 1 } [/tex]

[tex] y' = \sqrt{ \cot^2t } [/tex]

[tex] \frac{dy}{dx} = \cot t [/tex]

At this point I feel like I have gotten off track or that I am following the wrong line of argumentation. Either that or I'm out of steam and I can't see how keep this going and get what I'm being asked for. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.