# I calculated the curvature, but I want to make sure I did it correctly.

• Oct 28th 2012, 01:38 PM
kandygirl16
I calculated the curvature, but I want to make sure I did it correctly.
1. Consider the parametric curve f(t)= [ 4 (sin(3t))^2, 1-(cos(3t))^2, 2-2 (cos(3t))^2]. Calculate its curvature. What conclusion can you make about the curve based on this curvature?
• Oct 28th 2012, 06:14 PM
chiro
Re: I calculated the curvature, but I want to make sure I did it correctly.
Hey kandygirl16.

What did you obtain for the result? Is it positive, negative or zero? What can you conclude given it's sign?
• Oct 28th 2012, 06:33 PM
Plato
Re: I calculated the curvature, but I want to make sure I did it correctly.
Quote:

Originally Posted by kandygirl16
1. Consider the parametric curve f(t)= [ 4 (sin(3t))^2, 1-(cos(3t))^2, 2-2 (cos(3t))^2]. Calculate its curvature. What conclusion can you make about the curve based on this curvature?

Do you know that curvature is $\displaystyle \kappa (t) = \frac{{\left\| {f'(t) \times f''(t)} \right\|}}{{\left\| {f'(t)} \right\|}}~?$
• Oct 28th 2012, 06:59 PM
kandygirl16
Re: I calculated the curvature, but I want to make sure I did it correctly.
something like that, we use a different formula though