CHAPTER10

Parametric Equations

In This Chapter

  • Working with first and second derivatives of parametric curves
  • Computing the arc length of a parametric curve

We can treat some applications as one value that is a function of a second value (e.g., cost is a function of the number of items produced); we sketch and analyze the relationship as such. There are other applications that are more involved, even though they seem to be as straightforward as quantity versus cost relationship.

Some relationships cannot be written as simple statements such as y is a function of x. We like those because they are more straightforward to deal with than are other ...

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