# [SOLVED] Eliminating more trig parameters (sin &amp; cos)

• Jan 24th 2010, 07:15 PM
buddyp450
[SOLVED] Eliminating more trig parameters (sin &amp; cos)
Ok so I thought I'd post this one now that I've been able to work through it a little farther because it didn't quite turn out how I expected graphically...

original problem:

Eliminate the parameter to find a Cartesian equation of the curve
$
x = \frac{1}{2}\cos\theta , y = 2\sin\theta , 0 <= \theta <= \pi
$

My steps:

$2x = \cos\theta$ and $\frac{y}{2} = \sin\theta$

1) $2x^2 + \frac{1}{2}y^2 = 1$

2) $\frac{1}{2}y^2 = 1 - 2x^2$

3) $y^2 = 2(1-2x^2)$

4) $y^2 = 2 - 4x^2$

Solution) $y = \sqrt{2-4x^2}$

is this correct? If so how do I graph this appropriately? Do I just graph the function I have for the solution or do I have to plug back in the trigonometric x value?

Thanks
• Jan 24th 2010, 08:31 PM
songoku
Quote:

Originally Posted by buddyp450

1) $2x^2 + \frac{1}{2}y^2 = 1$

This is wrong. Can you figure it out?

And the graph will be an ellipse :)
• Jan 25th 2010, 11:29 AM
buddyp450
solved*