Homework Help: Find the curve given the tangent

1. Jun 5, 2010

madachi

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Given that the tangent to the curve $c(t)$ at any point on the curve is $T(t) = (-sin(t), cos(t) )$, find $c(t)$ if the curve passes through the point $(0,0)$.

3. The attempt at a solution

I try to let
$c(t) = ( x(t), y(t) )$
Then
$c'(t) = ( x'(t), y'(t) )$
$| c'(t) | = \sqrt{[x'(t)]^2 + [y'(t)]^2 }$
And
$T(t) = \frac{c'(t)}{|c'(t)|}$

However this is complicated and consequently I am not sure how to solve it. I am also not sure how to "use" the point given since (0, 0) correspond the the values x and y respectively rather than t.

Thanks.

2. Jun 5, 2010

rock.freak667

If you had c'(t) =<2t,1> then c(t) = <t2+A,t+B> where A,B=constant.

But you have

c'(t)/|c'(t)| = <-sint,cost>

so what is c(t) ? (note that |c'(t)| is just a constant)

At (0,0), t=0. So what is c(t) now?

3. Jun 5, 2010

madachi

c(t) = (cos(t) + C, sin(t) + K)
t= 0, point is (0,0)

So x(t) = 1 + C = 0, C = -1
And y(t) = 0 + K, K=0

So c(t) = (cos(t) -1 , sin(t) ) ?

4. Jun 5, 2010

rock.freak667

Yes but you forgot out |c'(t)| which is the distance from the center to any tangent. In this case it would just be the same as |T(t)|

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