# Intersection of functions --> vector function

• Oct 9th 2009, 06:07 PM
ocryan
Intersection of functions --> vector function
I'm a bit confused as to how to approach this problem, the only piece of information I can decipher is the statement at the end of this post, if anyone can shed some light, I'd greatly appreciate it. Here's the question...

A circular cylinder of radius 1 and the parabolic cylinder z = 2x^2 - 1 intersect as shown in the attached image.

Which vector function has the curve of intersection as its graph if x(0) = 1.

(cost)i + (sint)j + (cos2t - 1)k
(cost)i + (sint)j + (cos2t)k
(cost)i + (sint)j + (1 - cos2t)k
(sint)i + (cost)j + (cos2t - 1)k
(sint)i + (cost)j + (cos2t)k
(sint)i + (cost)j + (1 - cos2t)k

I'm under the impression that since x(0) has to equal 1, then i must be cost, since cos(0) = 1. If that is correct that eliminates three of the six choices.
• Oct 10th 2009, 04:41 AM
Jester
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Originally Posted by ocryan
I'm a bit confused as to how to approach this problem, the only piece of information I can decipher is the statement at the end of this post, if anyone can shed some light, I'd greatly appreciate it. Here's the question...

A circular cylinder of radius 1 and the parabolic cylinder z = 2x^2 - 1 intersect as shown in the attached image.

Which vector function has the curve of intersection as its graph if x(0) = 1.

Yes and which of the remaining three choices satisfies $z = 2x^2-1$?