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# Final Lab 4

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MTH 252Final LabProblem 4
Justin DrawbertAugust 10, 2010
In Final Lab Problem 4 we are asked to ﬁnd the length of the loop of a curve that is given bythe parametric equations:
x
= 3
t
t
3
, y
= 3
t
2
The fact that we are told that this is a loop is a big clue. This means our curve will intersectsomewhere. If we graph this...
012345678910-2.5-2-1.5-1-0.5 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5
y
xx=3t-t
3
, y=3t
2
...we can see that appears our curve intersects the
y
-axis at
y
= 9. If indeed our curve doesintersect itself on the
y
-axis, this will occur for values of
t
such that
x
= 0. This is easy to check.We simply take our ﬁrst equation, set x equal to zero, and solve. So we have3
t
t
3
= 0
t
(
t
2
3) = 0
t
=
3 or
t
= 0 or
t
=
3
y
=
±
3
3
±
3
2
= 9So we see that a loop is formed at
t
=
±
3, where
x
= 0 and
y
= 9. Keeping this in mind we thenrecall the Arc Length Formula from page 456 of our textbook
Arc Length Formula
If a smooth curve with parametric equations
x
=
(
t
),
y
=
g
(
t
),
a
t
b
, is traversed exactly once as
t
increases from
a
to
b
, thenits length is
L
=

ba

dxdt
2
+
dydt
2
dt
1