# Have i done this parametric differentiation right?

1. May 3, 2006

### bill nye scienceguy!

y=t+cost x=t+sint

dy/dt=1-sint dx/dt=1+cost

dy/dx= (dy/dt).(dt/dx)

= (1-sint).1/(1+cost) = (1-sint)/(1+cost)
= 1-tant

and how do i get from there to the second order differential?

2. May 3, 2006

### VietDao29

How did you go from:
$$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{1 - \sin t}{1 + \cos t} \quad \mbox{to} \quad = 1 - \tan t$$?
Just stop at $$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{1 - \sin t}{1 + \cos t}$$. It's okay, you don't have to simplify it any further.
To find:
$$\frac{d ^ 2 y}{dx ^ 2}$$, we use the Chain rule, and the derivative of inverse function:
$$\frac{dk}{du} = \frac{1}{\frac{du}{dk}}$$
$$\frac{d ^ 2 y}{dx ^ 2} = \frac{d \left( \frac{dy}{dx} \right)}{dx} = \frac{d \left( \frac{dy}{dx} \right)}{dt} \times \frac{dt}{dx} = \frac{d \left( \frac{dy}{dx} \right)}{dt} \times \frac{1}{\frac{dx}{dt}}$$
Can you go from here? :)

3. May 3, 2006

### Rasine

the second order derivitve is just the derivitive of dy/dx all divided by dx/dt