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Homework Help: Find the curvature of y=sec x.

  1. Mar 8, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the curvature of y=sec x.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    y"=secx(sec^2 x+tan^2 x)
    k(x)=abs(secx(sec^2 x+tan^2 x))/[1+(secx*tanx)^2]^(3/2)
    how do I simplify this?
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  3. Mar 8, 2015 #2


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    Are you sure it can be simplified? WolframAlpha finds suggestions, but I don't think they are simpler.
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