Parametric Equations

By

Brooke Norman

Graph x=t+1, y=2t-1 for some appropriate
range for **t**.

Interpret. Is there anything to vary to help understand the graph?

The graph of x=t+1, y=2t-1 is shown below
with the range [0,1] for t.

Notice that the equations appear to make a
line segment. If we try a different range such as [-1,1],
let’s see if anything changes?

We still have only a line segment, but now we have some negative values. Let’s increase the range to [-10,10].

A LINE… or is it? After zooming out, we see that
we still have a line segment.

Will we always get a segment? Let's try a
larger range of t such as 1000.

Well, we get a segment, again. So how can we get a line? We can try setting the two equations x and y equal to each other and solving for t. After doing this, we get:

t=x-1 and t=1/2(y+1)

x-1=1/2(y+1)

2x-2=y+1

y=2x+3

Now we will graph y=2x+3

We finally get a LINE!! We come to the conclusion that
parametric equations are only pieces of a function.

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