# 8.7 Parametric equations: graphs  (Page 3/4)

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Access the following online resource for additional instruction and practice with graphs of parametric equations.

## Key concepts

• When there is a third variable, a third parameter on which $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ depend, parametric equations can be used.
• To graph parametric equations by plotting points, make a table with three columns labeled $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t,x\left(t\right),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\left(t\right).\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Choose values for $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ in increasing order. Plot the last two columns for $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ See [link] and [link] .
• When graphing a parametric curve by plotting points, note the associated t -values and show arrows on the graph indicating the orientation of the curve. See [link] and [link] .
• Parametric equations allow the direction or the orientation of the curve to be shown on the graph. Equations that are not functions can be graphed and used in many applications involving motion. See [link] .
• Projectile motion depends on two parametric equations: $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=\left({v}_{0}\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \right)t\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y=-16{t}^{2}+\left({v}_{0}\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \right)t+h.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Initial velocity is symbolized as $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{v}_{0}.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta$ represents the initial angle of the object when thrown, and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}h\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ represents the height at which the object is propelled.

## Verbal

What are two methods used to graph parametric equations?

plotting points with the orientation arrow and a graphing calculator

What is one difference in point-plotting parametric equations compared to Cartesian equations?

Why are some graphs drawn with arrows?

The arrows show the orientation, the direction of motion according to increasing values of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t.$

Name a few common types of graphs of parametric equations.

Why are parametric graphs important in understanding projectile motion?

The parametric equations show the different vertical and horizontal motions over time.

## Graphical

For the following exercises, graph each set of parametric equations by making a table of values. Include the orientation on the graph.

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=t\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)={t}^{2}-1\hfill \end{array}$

 $t$ $x$ $y$ $-3$ $-2$ $-1$ $0$ $1$ $2$ $3$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=t-1\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)={t}^{2}\hfill \end{array}$

 $t$ $-3$ $-2$ $-1$ $0$ $1$ $2$ $x$ $y$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=2+t\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=3-2t\hfill \end{array}$

 $t$ $-2$ $-1$ $0$ $1$ $2$ $3$ $x$ $y$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=-2-2t\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=3+t\hfill \end{array}$

 $t$ $-3$ $-2$ $-1$ $0$ $1$ $x$ $y$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)={t}^{3}\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=t+2\hfill \end{array}$

 $t$ $-2$ $-1$ $0$ $1$ $2$ $x$ $y$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)={t}^{2}\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=t+3\hfill \end{array}$

 $t$ $-2$ $-1$ $0$ $1$ $2$ $x$ $y$

For the following exercises, sketch the curve and include the orientation.

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=t\\ y\left(t\right)=\sqrt{t}\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=-\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\sqrt{t}\\ y\left(t\right)=t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=5-|t|\\ y\left(t\right)=t+2\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=-t+2\\ y\left(t\right)=5-|t|\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=4\text{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=2\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\hfill \end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=2\text{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=4\text{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\hfill \end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=3{\mathrm{cos}}^{2}t\\ y\left(t\right)=-3\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=3{\mathrm{cos}}^{2}t\\ y\left(t\right)=-3{\mathrm{sin}}^{2}t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=\mathrm{sec}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\\ y\left(t\right)=\mathrm{tan}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=\mathrm{sec}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\\ y\left(t\right)={\mathrm{tan}}^{2}t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=\frac{1}{{e}^{2t}}\\ y\left(t\right)={e}^{-\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t}\end{array}$

For the following exercises, graph the equation and include the orientation. Then, write the Cartesian equation.

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=t-1\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=-{t}^{2}\hfill \end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)={t}^{3}\hfill \\ y\left(t\right)=t+3\hfill \end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=2\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\\ y\left(t\right)=-\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=7\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\\ y\left(t\right)=7\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\end{array}$

$\left\{\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)={e}^{2t}\\ y\left(t\right)=-{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t}\end{array}$

For the following exercises, graph the equation and include the orientation.

$x={t}^{2},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}3t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}0\le t\le 5$

$x=2t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{t}^{2},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-5\le t\le 5$

$x=t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y=\sqrt{25-{t}^{2}},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}0

$x\left(t\right)=-t,y\left(t\right)=\sqrt{t},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t\ge 0$

$x=-2\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y=6\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}0\le t\le \pi$

$x=-\mathrm{sec}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y=\mathrm{tan}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-\frac{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\pi }{2}

For the following exercises, use the parametric equations for integers a and b :

$\begin{array}{l}x\left(t\right)=a\mathrm{cos}\left(\left(a+b\right)t\right)\\ y\left(t\right)=a\mathrm{cos}\left(\left(a-b\right)t\right)\end{array}$

Graph on the domain $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[-\pi ,0\right],\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ where $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a=2\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b=1,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and include the orientation.

Graph on the domain $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[-\pi ,0\right],\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ where $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a=3\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b=2$ , and include the orientation.

Graph on the domain $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[-\pi ,0\right],\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ where $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a=4\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b=3$ , and include the orientation.

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lurverkitten
Actually you can. you get what's called an Imaginary number denoted by i which is represented on the complex plane. The reply above would be correct if we were still confined to the "real" number line.
Liam
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Ama
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Spiro
the solution doesn't seem right for this problem
what is the domain of f(x)=x-4/x^2-2x-15 then
x is different from -5&3
Seid
All real x except 5 and - 3
Spiro
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Loree
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Don't think that you can.
Elliott
By using some imaginary no.
Tanmay
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Elliott
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Abena
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graph the following linear equation using intercepts method. 2x+y=4
Ashley
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Wargod
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John
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UriEl
how do I post your graph for you?
UriEl
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UriEl
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UriEl
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Tommy
Please were did you get y=mx+b from
Abena
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Tommy
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Nimo
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Spiro
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carlmark
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Mike
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William
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William
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William
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William
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Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
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I don't understand
Joe
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Thomas
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Thomas
Darius
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Thomas
Now it shows, go figure?
Thomas