# Thread: Vector Calculus

1. ## Vector Calculus

I am doing a TNB-Frame problem and I am currently finding the tangent. The point I am trying to find it at is t=0 and my vector T(t) comes out to be in indeterminate form. So my question is how would I solve for vector T(t).

2. Originally Posted by Sgraveyard
I am doing a TNB-Frame problem and I am currently finding the tangent. The point I am trying to find it at is t=0 and my vector T(t) comes out to be in indeterminate form. So my question is how would I solve for vector T(t).
People will be able to help easier if you post your question, and the work you have done so far.

3. Vector T(t) = <tcos(t), tsin(t),0>/sqrt(t^2*cos^2(t)+t^2*sin^2(t))

At t=0

R(t) was originally <cos(t)+t*sin(t),sin(t)-t*cos(t),1>

4. Originally Posted by Sgraveyard
Vector T(t) = <tcos(t), tsin(t),0>/sqrt(t^2*cos^2(t)+t^2*sin^2(t))

At t=0
You need to wrap your latex in MATH codes.

Is your vector $T(t) = (t\cos(t), t\sin(t),0>$, not sure what the $\sqrt{t^2*cos^2(t)+t^2*sin^2(t)}$ is?

5. Originally Posted by craig
You need to wrap your latex in MATH codes.

Is your vector $T(t) = (t\cos(t), t\sin(t),0>$, not sure what the $\sqrt{t^2*cos^2(t)+t^2*sin^2(t)}$ is?

$\sqrt{t^2*cos^2(t)+t^2*sin^2(t)}$ is the magnitude of R'(t). Since $T(t) = R'(t)/|R'(t)|$

6. So is it the vector $T(t) = (t\cos(t), t\sin(t),0>$ that you want to differentiate?

7. Originally Posted by craig
So is it the vector $T(t) = (t\cos(t), t\sin(t),0>$ that you want to differentiate?
Nah. I differentiated $R(t)= $ into $R'(t)=$

My goal is to find vector T(t) which is $R'(t)'/|R'(t)|$

When you do that though you are in indeterminate form. So my question is how would I solve it properly?

8. Originally Posted by Sgraveyard
Nah. I differentiated $R(t)= $ into $R'(t)=$

My goal is to find vector T(t) which is $R'(t)'/|R'(t)|$

When you do that though you are in indeterminate form. So my question is how would I solve it properly?
Ahh i do apologise. Do they not give you any limits for the value of $\cos{t}$ or $\sin{t}$ in the question then?

9. Originally Posted by craig
Ahh i do apologise. Do they not give you any limits for the value of $\cos{t}$ or $\sin{t}$ in the question then?
No problem. Nope, they just say determine TNB-Frame at the point (1,0,1) which is t=0