 # A curve is given by the following parametric equations. x= 20cost, y= 10sint. e1s2kat26 2021-08-19 Answered
A curve is given by the following parametric equations. $$\displaystyle{x}={20}{\cos{{t}}},{y}={10}{\sin{{t}}}$$.
The parametric equations are used to represent the location of a car going around the racetrack.
a) What is the cartesian equation that represents the race track the car is traveling on?
b) What parametric equations would we use to make the car go 3 times faster on the same track?
c) What parametric equations would we use to make the car go half as fast on the same track?

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a)Given $$\displaystyle{x}={20}{\cos{{t}}},{y}={10}{\sin{{t}}}$$
To find the cartesian equation that represents the race track the car is going on solve for t using the equation of y.
$$\displaystyle{y}={10}{\sin{{t}}}$$
$$\displaystyle\frac{{y}}{{10}}={\sin{{t}}}$$
$$\displaystyle{t}={{\sin}^{{-{1}}}{\left(\frac{{y}}{{10}}\right)}}$$
Further substitute the value of t in the equation of x.
$$\displaystyle{x}={20}{\cos{{\left({{\sin}^{{-{1}}}{\left(\frac{{y}}{{10}}\right)}}\right)}}}$$
Thus we have found the cartesian equation that represents the race track the car is going on.
b)The parametric equations we would use to make the car go three times as faster on the same track is
$$\displaystyle{x}{\left({t}\right)}={20} {\cos{{t}}}{\left({3}{t}\right)}, {y}{\left({t}\right)}={10} {\sin{{\left({3}{t}\right)}}}$$
c)The parametric equations we would use to make the car go half as fast on the same track is $$\displaystyle{x}={20}{\cos{{\left(\frac{{t}}{{2}}\right)}}},{y}={10}{\sin{{\left(\frac{{t}}{{2}}\right)}}}$$