# Homework Help: ?Parametric equations?

1. Dec 8, 2004

### ziddy83

??Parametric equations??

hey whats up,
ok i have a question on differentiating parametric equations. The question says to find the equation of the two tangent lines to the curve. here's the equations...

$$x = 6 cos t$$
$$y= 2sin2t$$

Now, after i differentiate them, do i just plug in the corresponding point? , here's what i got after i differentiated them...

$$\frac {dy}{dx} = \frac {2cos2t} {(3)(-sint)}$$

after plugging in the corresponding point for t, i will have the slope, but is that slope for both of the equations?

2. Dec 8, 2004

### maverick280857

Your reasoning is quite correct except for the fact that you will get not a 3 in the denominator but a 6. Yes after you apply the chain rule, all you have to do is substitute t.

3. Dec 8, 2004

### daster

He'll get a 3 since y'=4cos2t, x'=-6sint and 4/6=2/3.

4. Dec 8, 2004

### ehild

It is the slope of the tangent line of the CURVE.

ehild

5. Dec 8, 2004

### ziddy83

How do i find the corresponding points? lol...

6. Dec 8, 2004

### lalbatros

Hello

Now that you have the slope, you still need to write down the equation for the tangent:

y = slope*(x - 6cost) + 2sin2t​
I guess this will answer this question fully.

I made a drawing of the curve, a choosen point and its tangent, in MS Excel.
I attach it to this post, compressed in a zip file.
By changing the reference point, you can see that the equation for the tangent is ok: it touches the curve smoothly.
There is a small difficulty to t=0 or pi because the slope becomes infinite (the tangent is vertical then).

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