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    Equation of tangent line.

    Find and equation of the tangent line to the curve at the point defined by the given value of t. Also, find the value of  \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}   at this point  x=-cos(t),  y=9+sin(t), t=\frac{\pi}{2}


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotovina7 View Post
    Find and equation of the tangent line to the curve at the point defined by the given value of t. Also, find the value of  \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}   at this point  x=-cos(t),  y=9+sin(t), t=\frac{\pi}{2}



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    \frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{\frac{dy}{dt}}{\frac{dx}{dt}}=  \frac{\cos(t)}{\sin(t)}=\cot(t)

    \frac{dy}{dx}|_{t=\pi/2}=0

    now we just need the ordered pair at t=\pi/2

    x=-\cos(\pi/2)=0 \mbox{ and } y=9+\sin(\pi/2)=10


    So the equation of the tangent line is

    y=10

    \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}=\frac{\frac{d}{dt}\frac{dy}{dx}}  {\frac{dx}{dt}}=\frac{-\csc^{2}(t)}{\sin(t)}=-\csc^{3}(t)
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    Ooh that makes sense, thanks man.
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