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CAL 3 concept

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i have the parametric equations to the curve X = cos t y = sin t and z = t

which of the following surfaces does it lie on?

1)circular cylinder
2)elliptic paraboloid
3)sphere
4)plane

I think theres more than one answer but i cant seem to picture it from the equation on why. Anyone know y?
 

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The x-y traces are circles. X^2+y^2 = cos(t)^2 + sin(t)^2 =1
Z=t, which means the height increases with the variable t.

Its going to lie on a circular cylinder, but it will be in the shape of a HELIX, wrapped around that cylinder of course.
 
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cyrusabdollahi said:
The x-y traces are circles. X^2+y^2 = cos(t)^2 + sin(t)^2 =1
Z=t, which means the height increases with the variable t.

Its going to lie on a circular cylinder, but it will be in the shape of a HELIX, wrapped around that cylinder of course.
Hey thanks for the answer but how could u just take an x^2 + y^2 = cos(t)^2 + sin(t)^2 = 1 just like that??

im lookin athe parametrics and i see no sqs... how could u know its sqs and not like x^3 or something??
 
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practice. You will easily recognize tricks like that too with time. X^3 would do you no good, because its not a trig identity; however, the x,y^2s do allow u to use a trig identity.
 

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