I need some quick homework help with a calculus problem. The problem is as follows:

Find the orthogonal trajectories of the family of curves:

(x^2)+(2y^2)=18k^2 where k is any real number.

Help please!!!!

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- Jun 2nd 2008, 10:14 AMJessica098Orthogonal Trajectories
I need some quick homework help with a calculus problem. The problem is as follows:

Find the orthogonal trajectories of the family of curves:

(x^2)+(2y^2)=18k^2 where k is any real number.

Help please!!!! - Jun 2nd 2008, 06:18 PMmr fantastic
I assume you know the definition of an orthogonal trajectory.

Using implicit differentiation: $\displaystyle 2x + 4y \, \frac{dy}{dx} = 0 \Rightarrow \frac{dy}{dx} = - \frac{x}{2y}$.

So the orthogonal trajectories are the family of curves given by the solutions to the differential equation $\displaystyle \frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{2y}{x}$ .......