Originally Posted by
calcbeg Hi
x = integral sign (S) a= 1 b=t (cos u)/u du
y = S a=1; b=t (sin u)/u du
question is find the length of arc of the curve from the origin to the nearest point where there is a vertical tangent line
So I am thinking I can find dx/du and where it equals 0 is where the vertical tangent is
however when I try and figure out dx/du it gets ugly
dx/du = (1/u)(-sin u) + (cos u)(-1/sqrt u)
= - sin u/u - cos u/sqrt u
= - sin u - cos^2 u
And I don't have a clue what u is going to equal so that dx/du = 0 so I have a vertical tangent. And then the question becomes do I do that # to 1 or to 0 for the length of the arc?
Thanks for any guidance you can provide.
Calculus beginner