# Thread: Curve defined by two implicit functions

1. ## Curve defined by two implicit functions

The curve r(t) passing through the point is defined implicitly by the equations:

x^2y + y^2x + xyz + z^2 = 4
x + y + z = 3

i) Find the equation of the tangent line to this curve at the given point.
ii) Assume that we may choose x = t as the parameter. Find formulae for dy/dt and d^2y/dt^2.

I'm not sure how to tackle these questions. For i), can I use either of the two equations?

2. ## if x=t then dy/dt=dy/dx

Well, if x=t, then what you are really looking for are the first and second derivatives of y with respect to x. Start by simplifying $x^2y + y^2x + xyz + z^2=xy(x+y+z) + z^2=3xy+z^2=4$, and then substituting $z=3-x-y$ to get $x^2-6x+5xy-6y+y^2+5=0$. Next differentiate implicitly to find $\frac{dy}{dx}$: $2x-6+5xy'+5y-6y'+2yy'=0$. Isolate $y'$ and repeat the process to get $y''$. This should be enough to get you started.

3. Originally Posted by My Little Pony
The curve r(t) passing through the point is defined implicitly by the equations:

x^2y + y^2x + xyz + z^2 = 4
x + y + z = 3

i) Find the equation of the tangent line to this curve at the given point.
ii) Assume that we may choose x = t as the parameter. Find formulae for dy/dt and d^2y/dt^2.

I'm not sure how to tackle these questions. For i), can I use either of the two equations?