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Write an expression involving an improper integral

  1. Apr 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    AN object moving along a curve in the xy-plane is at position (x(t),y(t)) at time t, where

    dx/dt=Arcsin(1-2*e^(-t)) and dy/dt= 4t/(1+t^3)

    for t>or= 0. At time t=2, the object is at the point (6,-3).

    a. Let m(t) denote the slope of the line tangent to the curve at the point (x(t),y(t)). Write an expression for m(t) in terms of t and use it to evaluate lim m(t) as t approaches infinity.

    b. The graph of the the curve has a horizontal asymptote y=c. Write an expression involving an improper integral that represents this value c

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    a. So I got m(t)= 4t/ (1+t^3)*Arcsin(1-2*e^(-t)). Then will my limit be 0 ?

    b. Will the expression be: c= integral ( (dy/dt) / (dx/dt)) from 0 to infinity ??
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 14, 2009 #2
    M(t) is (dy/dt)/(dx/dt), right? Not (dy/dt)*(dx/dt). And the limit will be 0.

    To see the "end behavior" of the y values, find limit of y(t) as t -> inf.

    Hint: To get y(t) you need to integrate dy/dt with respect to t, or at least write it as a function involving an integral (don't forget to find the constant of integration using the given point.)
  4. Apr 14, 2009 #3
    Thanks. Yeah, that's what I mean, I forgot the parentheses.

    For part d, will it be y= integral (dy/dt dt) from 0 to infinity ??
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