# Thread: parametrically defined curve

1. ## parametrically defined curve

I have a parametrically defined curve

$x(t) = \frac {1}{t}$
and
$y(t) = -2 + lnt$

I need to find the equation for the tangent line to the curve at the point defined by t = 1

Now, i think i need to find $\frac{dy}{dx}$

the dirivitive of x = $-\frac{1}{t^2}$ ?

Would the dirivitive of y = $\frac{1}{t}$ ?

then, i evaluate t= 1?

then, take the dirivitive of dy again?

then use point slope form?

2. ## Re: parametrically defined curve

Originally Posted by icelated
I have a parametrically defined curve

$x(t) = \frac {1}{t}$
and
$y(t) = -2 + lnt$

I need to find the equation for the tangent line to the curve at the point defined by t = 1

Now, i think i need to find $\frac{dy}{dx}$

the dirivitive of x = $-\frac{1}{t^2}$ ?

Would the dirivitive of y = $\frac{1}{t}$ ?

then, i evaluate t= 1?

then, take the dirivitive of dy again?

then use point slope form?
All your calculations are OK.

$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{\frac{dy}{dt}}{\frac{dx}{dt}}$

Plug in the terms you already have determined.

Then use the point-slope-form of the equation of a straight line at t = 1

3. ## Re: parametrically defined curve

$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{\frac{dy}{dt}}{\frac{dx}{dt}}$

Equation of the tangent line is :

$y(t)=\frac{dy}{dx}(t)\cdot x(t)+n$