# Homework Help: Rotating a Hyperbola

1. Jul 17, 2010

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Rotate the axis to eliminate the xy-term. Sketch the graph of the equation showing both sets of axis.

xy-2y-4x=0

2. Relevant equations
$$\cot2\theta=\frac{A-C}{B}$$
$$x=x'\cos\theta-y'\sin\theta$$
$$y=x'\sin\theta+y'\cos\theta$$

3. The attempt at a solution

xy-2y-4x=0

First I find the angle of the x' y' axis.
using
$$\cot2\theta=\frac{A-C}{B}$$

I find it to be$$\theta=\frac{\pi}{4}$$

Then find the x' and y' components

by using the second 2 equations I listed I come out with.
$$x=\frac{x'-y'}{\sqrt{2}}$$
$$y=\frac{x'+y'}{\sqrt{2}}$$

Then comes the substitutions and simplifying.

$$(\frac{x'-y'}{\sqrt{2}})(\frac{x'+y'}{\sqrt{2}})-2(\frac{x'+y'}{\sqrt{2}})-4(\frac{x'-y'}{\sqrt{2}})=0$$

$$\frac{x'^2+y'^2}{2}+\frac{-6x'+2y'}{\sqrt{2}}=0$$

$$\sqrt{2}(x')^2+\sqrt{2}(y')^2-12x'+4y'=0$$

I complete the square and end up with

$$(x'-\frac{12}{\sqrt{2}})^2+(y'+\frac{2}{\sqrt{2}})^2=20\sqrt{2}$$

then I would divide though to get a 1 on the RHS but this is wrong.

$$\frac{(x'-3\sqrt{2})^2}{16}-\frac{(y'-\sqrt{2})^2}{16}=1$$

where did I go wrong?

2. Jul 17, 2010