# Parametric Equations to Rectangular Equation

• Apr 13th 2010, 03:57 PM
kiddopop
Parametric Equations to Rectangular Equation
Find the rectangular equation of the curve:
the parametric curve x = 2 sin(t), y = 2 cos(t).

I know it is a circle, centered at the origin, with radius of 2. But, since it goes clockwise, instead of counterclockwise like circles normally do, I can't figure out the rectangular equation.
• Apr 13th 2010, 04:06 PM
skeeter
Quote:

Originally Posted by kiddopop
Find the rectangular equation of the curve:
the parametric curve x = 2 sin(t), y = 2 cos(t).

I know it is a circle, centered at the origin, with radius of 2. But, since it goes clockwise, instead of counterclockwise like circles normally do, I can't figure out the rectangular equation.

square both equations ...

$x^2 = 4\sin^2{t}$

$y^2 = 4\cos^2{t}$

$x^2 + y^2 = \, ?$
• Apr 13th 2010, 04:18 PM
kiddopop
x^2 + y^2 = 4 sin^2(t) + 4 cos^2(t)? How is that right? I thought that when you change parametric equations to a rectangular equation you get rid of the "t's."
• Apr 13th 2010, 04:23 PM
skeeter
Quote:

Originally Posted by kiddopop
x^2 + y^2 = 4 sin^2(t) + 4 cos^2(t)? How is that right? I thought that when you change parametric equations to a rectangular equation you get rid of the "t's."

you did not finish it ...

what does $4\sin^2{t} + 4\cos^2{t} = 4(\sin^2{t}+\cos^2{t}) = \,?$
• Apr 13th 2010, 04:24 PM
kiddopop
Ohhhhh. I didn't even think of that. Sorry. Thanks for the help!