Parametric Curves

Problem: Write parametric
equations of a line segment through (7,5) with slope of 3. Graph the line
segments using your equations.

Recall the point-slope form
for the equation of a line is .

If I let x=t, then and we obtain
the parametrization

.

I can obtain another parametrization for the line if I let

In this case and I have

I know that a pair of
parametric equations is a pair of continuous functions that define the x and y
coordinates of a point in a coordinate plane in terms of a third variable, such
as t, called the parameter.

Thus, a parametric curve in
the plane is a pair of functions

x= f(t)

y= g(t)

where the two continuous
functions define ordered pairs (x,y).

So my substituting into: we get:

Now, letŐs check this out.
When I put these back into point-slope form I obtain the following:

y-5 = 3(x-7)

y=3x - 21 + 5

y=3x-16

Now, letŐs see if our
calculations are correct.

LetŐs graph y=3x-16

Now, letŐs graph and pray that itŐs the same graph.

Yes, both graph the same
line, so my calculations were correct.