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1.

Introduction
For evaluating areas, volumes of revolution etc. we need to know the
general nature of the given curve. In this chapter we shall learn the methods of
tracing a curve in general and the properties of some standard curves commonly
met in engineering problems.

2. Procedure for tracing curves given in Cartesian equations

I. Symetry : Find out whether the curve is symmetrical about any line
with the help of the following rules :

( 1) The curve is symmetrical about the x axis if the equation of the curve
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remains unchanged when y is replaced by- y i.e. if the equation contains only
even powers o f y.

(2) The curve is symmetrical about the y axis if the equation of the curve
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remains unchanged when x is replaced by- x i.e. if the equation contains o nly
even powers of x.

(3) The curve is symmetrical in opposite quadrants if the equation of the

curve remains unchanged when both x andy are repl aced by- x and y.
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(4) The curve is symmetrical about the line y = x if the equation of the
curve remains unchanged when x andy are interchanged.
II. Origin : Find out whether the origin lies on the curve. If it does, find

the equations of the tangents at the origin by equating to zero the lowest degre
terms.
III. Intersection with the cordinate axes : Find out the points of

intersection of the curve with the coordinate axes. Find also the equations of

the tangents at these points.

IV. Asymptotes : Find out the asymptotes if any.
V. Regions where no part of the curve lies : Find out the regions of the
plane where no part of the curve lies.
VI Find out dyldx : Find out dy/dx and the points where the tangents
are parallel to the coordinate axes.

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3. Common Curves
You have already studied quite in detail straight line, circle, parabola,
eJiipse and hyperbola, includi ng rectangular hyperbola. We shall briefly review
these curves.
Rectangular Coordinates

(a) Straight Line:

General equation of straight line is of the form ax +

by + c = 0.

To plot a straight line we put y = 0 and find x. Also we put x = 0 and find
y. We plot these two points

Some particular cases of straight Jines are shown below.

(i) Lines parallel to the coordinate axes.
y

y
x=h

y=k
X

Fig. (7.1)

Fig. (7.2)

y

y=mx
m<O

y=mx
m>O
X

Fig. (7 .3)

Fig. (7.4)

y

Fig. (7 .5)

2 + J2- c

Fig. (7 6)
.

j + 2gx + 2/y + c = 0. Its centre is

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and
2 + j2- c.

(ii) Circle with centre at (- g,- f) and radius

are shown below.
y

Fig. (7.7)

Fig. (7.8)

(iii) Circle with centre on the x- axis and passing through origin.
Its equation is of the form x2 + i 2ax = 0.
y
-x

Fig. (7.9)

Fig. (7.10)

(iv) Circle with centre on they-axis and passing through origin.

Its equation is of the form x2 + i 2by = 0.
y

Fig. (7.11)

Fig. (7.12)

(v) Circle with centre on the axes but not passing through origin.
Its equation is of the form x2 +
y

Fig. (7.13)

y

,_Fig. (7.14)

JTat:mg

v- ..,,

or .;orves

(vi) Circle touching both axes.

Its equation is of the form :Xl + l 2ax :;t 2ay+ a2 = 0.
y

Fig. (7.15)

l- 4x + 4y + 4 = 0
2
2
Sol. : We write the equation as (x - 2) + (y + 2) 2 = 2
Ex. 1 : Draw the circle :Xl

Its centre is

It is shown on the right.

Polar Coordinates
Fig. (7.16)

(a) Straight line

If We put X =rCOS 8, y = r Sin

8 in the equation Of the Straight line

ax+by+c=O
we get,

ar cos e + br sin e + c = 0

i.e.

cos

b sin e

(i) A line parallel to the initial line.

If a line is parallal to the initial line (or the

.:. = 0

rsin e =p (It

p
0

is clear thatrsin e = p, if the line is

e =- p, if the line is

Fig. (7.17)

(ii) A line perpendicular to the initial line.

If a line is perpendienlar to the initial line (or the
x-

see thatrcos6=p

(It is clear thatrcos e = p, if the line is to the right

of the pole and rcos a =- p,
if the line is to the left of the

Fig. (7.18)

pole.)
. 0

Fig. (7.19)

origin)

If a line passes through the pole and makes an

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a with the initalline then every point on the line has coordnates (r, a),
0= a

In particular the equation of a line making

e = 1t/4.

an

angle of 45 is

(b) Circle
If we put X= r cos e. y = r s in e in the equation
of the circle with center at the origi n and radius a i.e.
in x 2 + y 2 = a 2 we get , r 2 = a 2
If We put X = r COS () y = r sin 0 in the equation
(a, 0) and radius a i.e. in

Fig. (7.20)

we get r 2 -

This is the equation of the circle with cen ter (a, 0)

and radius a in polar coordniates.

If we put

equation of the circle

with center (0, a) and

Fig. (7.21)
x

2 +

(y- a) 2 =a 2 i.e.

we get, r 2 -

2ar sin e

x
=

2 + y 2-

i.e. r =

2ay = 0

2a sin e

coordniates

Fig. (7.22)

If We put X= r COS 0, y = r sin 0 in the equation

of the cricle with center (a, a) and touching both
the coordniate axes in the first quadrant
X

Fig. (7.23)

(x- a)2 + (y- a)2 = a2

2
i.e. in x + l- '2ax- 2ay + a2 = 0

i.e. in

Ex.

the line y

x.

Sol. : The equation of the circle with centre (3, 0) and

(3, 0)

3 is (x- 3) 2 + y 2 = 3 2

.,

--

----- ----------:---

WI

va-.aa

+y2-6x=O

i.e. x2

Putting X = r COS
we get

..11

,. - ..,,

2-

8, y = r Sin a

6r cos a= 0

i.e.

= 6 cos 8

Putting X
equation in
r

sin

= r COS 0, y = r sin 8, we get the

polar coordinates as

Putting 8
Hence

1t/4 in

r=

:.

Fig. (7.24}

a= 1t /4

1t /4 =

the polar coordinates of the point of intersection

are

(3 J2

3 J2
.1t /4)

(iii) Parabola :
General equation of parabola is

y = ax 2 + bx + c

ay 2 + by + c.
By completing the square on x or on y and by shifting the
equation can be written in standard form as y 2 = 4ax or x 2 = 4 by.
x=

or

origin the

d
x =

Fig. (7.25)

Fig. (7.26)

(It, k) and

(y- k)2

a (x- h)

(ii) the axis parallel to the x-axis, opening to the left is

(y -k)2 =- 4a (x- h)
(iii) the axis parallel to the y-axis, opening upwards is
(x-

h)2 = 4a (y- k)

downwards is

(x- h)2

=-

4a

(y- k)

+ 4x- 4y + 8 = 0

Sol.: The equation can be written as

r- 4y + 4 =- 4x- 4

i.e.

(y- 2) 2

Fig. (7.27)
=-

4 (x

+ 1)

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Y, x + 1

Its equation is Y
Its vertex is at

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X,

- 4X.

2
x + 4x- 4y +

16

0.

Sol. : The equation can be written as

(x + 2)

(y- 3).

Putting x + 2 = X, y 3
.
2
Its equation is X = 4 Y.
-

Y,

Fig. (7.28)

3) and it opens upwards.

(iv) Ellipse
The equation of ellipse in standard form is

x2
y2
-;z+t;2=

x2
y2
(a> b), -;z+ b2

=I

(a<b)
y

a>b

Fig. (7.30)

Fig. (7.29)

If the centre of the ellipse is at (h, k) the equation of the ellipse becomes

h) 2
a2

(x-

(y- k) 2
b2

-1

If a> b, the major axis is parallel to the x-axis and if a< b the major axis
is parallel to the y-axis.

(v) Hyperbola
Equation of hyperbola in standard form is

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y

{0, be)

(0,- be)

Fig. (7.31)

Fig. (7.32)

(vi) Rectangular Hyperbola

If the coordinate axes are the asymptotes the equation of the rectangular
hyperbola is xy =

k or xy = - k.

xy= k

xy-k

Fig. (7.33)

Fig. (7.34)

2 2
2= 2
= a , y -x
a

-l

'

x2-y2=a2

Fig. (7.35)

'

y2 -x2

a2

Fig. (7.36)

by putting X = r cos e, y = r sin e. The equation is

2
2
2
2
i.e. r (cos e- sin 8) = a2 i.e. r2 cos 2 e = a
Similarly the polar equation of

l- x2 = a2 is ,:z. cos 2 e = - a2

?-

2
cos

2
a is obtained
2
2
- r sin e = a2

the other rectangular hyperbola i.e. of

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Parametric Equatioas
Ellipse
The parametric equations of the ellipse are X =a cos

e. y = b sin e.

Hyperbola
The parametric equations of the hyperbola are
X= a sec

e, y = b tan e or

X= a

COS/t

1, y

b sinh

1.

Parabola
The parametric equations of the

2at.

The parametric equations of the parabola x2 = 4ay are x = 2at, y =a? .

Rectangular Hyperbola
The parametric equations of the rectangular hyperbola
xy

c2 are

x =

ct and y = cIt.
=

It is interesting to note the shape of the curves whose equations can

expressed in the above form.

S ome of the curves are known to us and

be

some

will be studied in the following pages. We give below the equations and the
graphs of these curves.
y

Fig. (7.37)
(1)

y =x.

(2)

Fig. (7.38)

=x .

The parabola through the origin

the origin

and opening
y

Fig. (7.39)

up
y

Fig. (7.40)

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(3) y=xl.
Cubical parabola

(4)

? =x.

parabola through the origian

and opening on the right

The

Fig. (7.42)

Fig. (7.41)
(5)

i=.

(6)

Pair of two lines passing

through the ori gin

i=.
Semi-cubical parabola

Fig. (7.44)

Fig. (7.43)
(7)

y3

=x.

(8)

i =x2.
Semi-cubical parabola

Cubical parabola

4. Some Well-known Curves

Ex 1 : Cissoid of Diocles :Trace the curve i (2a- x) =
2at3
2at2
or x = -2 , y = -2 (S.U. 1986, 90)
l+t
l+t
Sol. : (i) The curve is symmetrical about the
:as
oN
:II
x- axis.
: )(
(ii) The curve passes through the origin and
the
tangents
at the ori gin are j = 0 i.e. the x-axis
(2a, O) x
is a double tangent at the origin.
(iii) Since

l=

-x

as

x 2a, y 0<\

the line x = 2a is an asymptote.

Fig. (7.45)

(iv) When

>

2a,

i is negative. Hence,
x > 2a.

the curve does not exist when

(Remark :By putting X= rcos a, y = r sine, show that the polar equation

of Cissoid is r = 2a tan 0 sin 0).

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Sol.: (i) The curve is symmetrical about they-axis.

(ii) It passes through the origin and the
x-axis is a tangent at origin.
(iii) It meets the y-axis at (0,0) and (0, 2a).

Further d y l dx. is zero at (0, 2a); the tangent at this

point is parallel to the x-axis.
3
2
2
(iv) Since x = y (2a - y) I a when y 2a
2
and y < 0, x is negative and the curve does not

>

Fig. (7.46)

y

Ex. 3 : Astroid or Four Cusped

Hypocycloid : Trace the curve
213 +
213
1

(ylb)

(xla)

(S.U.1985, 2003)

axes.

Fig. (7 .47)

Ex. 4: Witch of Agnesi: Trace the curve xl = a2 (.rz- x)

(S.U. 1980, 91, 92, 98, 2003, 04)
y
Sol.: (i) The curve is symmetrical about the x-axis.
(ii) The curve passes through the point

(111 ) smce
. . .

,v

= a

(a--x)
X

'

(iv) As x 0, y

oo,

0)

x cannot be
a.

they-axis is an

a sym ptote .

Ex. 5: Trace the curve l = (x- a) (x- b) (x- c) whete

a, b, c are positive.
Sol. : We consider the following cases :
(a) Case I :

<b< c

(1) It is symmetrical about the x-axis.

(2) It meets the x-axis in (a, 0), (b,O) and (c, 0).
(3) When x < a, l is negative.
whena < x < b,

l>O

Fig. (7.48)

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l is negative
l >O

whenx>c,

x =a

x =band

x=c.

(4) If x> c and increases then l also increases

y

Fig. (7.49)
(b) Case II: a= b <c
The quation now becomes

2
(x- a) (x- c)

x

the x-axis.

(c, 0).

Fig. (7.50)
x

(3)

(4) If

(a

, 0) is an isolated point because if

a< x < c, l is negative.

y2 also increases.

(c) Case III: a < b = c

The equation now becomes

y
x

(x-a)(x-b)2

x-axis.

(b, 0).
Fig. (7 .51)

(4) If x> b and increases, l. also increases.

(d) Case IV : a = b = c
(S.U. 2003)
The equation now becomes

l = (x- a)3

(a,

(1) As before the curve is symmetrical

(2) The curve meets the x-axis in

(a, 0)

Fig. (7.52)

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x112 + y112

a112

y=x.

curve
y-

:. 4x=a i.e.

is (a/4, a/4).

(iii) The x-axis is a tangent at (a, 0) and the

axis is a tangent at (0, a).

Sol. : (i) Curve is symmetrical about the x-axis.

(ii) The curve passes through the origin and the equations of the tangents
at the origin are obtained by equating to zero the lowest degre terms.

.+

II
><

;.

-,

__

(b, 0)

:. a,Z =bx2

(iii) The curve meets the x-axis in

(0, 0) and (b, 0)
2

(tv) S'mce y

Fig. (7.54)

:. y=

- a,

2
X (b-x)

(a+x)

when

is infinite.

Hence x = -a is an asymptote.

(v) When x >band when x <-a,

negative. Hence, the curve does not exist when x > b and x <-a.

l is

(a) Trace the curve : 1' (a + x) =:? (3a - x)

(S.U. 1980, 86, 91, 20)

When b is replared by 3a we get the above

curve which is shown on the right.

(3a, 0)

FJa. (7.55)

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(b) Trace the

l (a - x) = x2 (a + x)

If we replace b by a and x by

-- x

we get

(a-x)

(-a, 0)

required curve.

(x2 + l) = a (x2 -Jl)

(S.U. 1980, 85, 90)

The equation can the written as

Fig. (7.56)
:. xi +

x3 +xl=d-al
al= ax2- x3

:.

i (a+ x) = :x? (a

x)

Sot: (i) The curve is symmetrical about the x-axis.

(ii) The curve cuts the x--axis in (- a, 0),

0)

...

,.

"

Fig. {7.57)

x

3 + y 3 = 3axy.

3at2
y=--l+t3

3at
x=-l+t3,

or

(S.U. 2003)

(0, 0) and

.. X

(m)Smcey=-(x+a) (x+2a)lx, xcannot

be positive.
x cannot be less than- 2a.
Ex. 3: Folium ofDecartes. Trace the curve

(-2a O)

-1.-

3a]

'2
X

(iv) The line x + y +a = 0 is an asymptote.

(v) If x < 0 andy< 0, l.h.s. is negative while

Ex. 4

Fig. (7.58)

(iii) If

x=-a.

18

>

a, l is negative., Hence there

no curve beyond x = a,

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Fig. (7.59)

replace y by

The shap of the curve will remain unchanged if y

i.e. the shape of the curve of the equation

cl

(x -

a)

(x -

same.

(S.U. 2004,06)

9al

b)2

.,Jc . y

will be the

x (x- 3a)2,

a> 0.

3a,

the right.

Fig. (7.60)

x=t

=x(l-r

or

t3

b by 113 and c

1,

we get the above curve. The curve is shown on

the right.

:Fig. (7.61)

al x (x- a)2
Sol. : Putting a 0 and b a we get the above

=

When

<

When x -7

oo

or x -7- oo, y -7 oo.

Fig. (7.62)

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(d) Trace the curve: 3al=.l- (a-x)

(S.U.1980,85,89,97)
Sol. : Putting c= 3a, a=0 and b=a we get the
above equation. The curve is shown on the right.
y

When 0 < x < a, y is real and when x>a,

is imaginary. Hence, there is no curve for

(a, 0)

x>a
When x

--7

oo

or x

oo.

Fig. (7.63)

(e) Trace the curve: al=4.l- (a-x)

(S.U.1984,95)

Sol. : Multiplying by 4 and then putting a=a/12 in (d) we get the above curve.
Hence, it is similar to it.

(S.U.1985)

Ex. 1 :Trace the following curve l (a-x )=x (x-b)2, a>b

Sol. : (i) The curve is symmetrical about the
x-axis.

(ii) The curve passes through the origin.

(iii) The curve intersects the x-axis at

x=b, x=O.

(a, 0)

. s
2 x(x-b)
(tv) mce y =

, when x=a,
a-x
y is infinite. Hence x= a is an asymptote.
(a) Trace the curve: l (4-x)=x (x-2)2

Fig. (7.64)

curve.
Exercise -I

1.

2.

2l=x (4-.l-)

3.

a2l=.l- (x- a) (2a -x)

4.

5.

l =Xi (2a-x)

6.

l (a2-.l-) = a3 x

(.l- + 4a2)= 8a3

(S.U.1994,97,2002,2005)
(S.U.1978,81, 88)
(S.U.1979,84,2006)
(S.U.1980,96,2006)
(S.U.1983, 85, 93)
(S.U.1984, 99, 2004)

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7. x2i=a2 ci -)
8. al=x2(x-a)

(S.U.1985)

9.

x2=i (2-y)
10. al = x(a2 + x2)
11. 2l = (4+ )
12. l (a-x)=
14. a2 = l(a2 -/)
1 6. l(x2+ /) a2(y2-)
18. x2 ( + l> = a2(y2 -x2)
19. i=x3-6+ llx-6
20. l (x.Z + 4) = + 2x
22. x2(-4a2)=l(-a2)

(S.U. 1979, 2002)

(S.U. 1981, 94)

24. x5

l=5a2x2l

13.

a2/=(2a -x)

15.l=d
17.x2(x2 + l> = a2(x2-l)

1)(x-2)( x- 3))
21. x5 + l-5a2y = 0
23. x4+ y4 = 2a2xy
(Hint: y2 = (x

25.

y= 1

( s.u. 2005)

+x2
27. (a-x) l=a2 x
29. a4l=x4(a2--)
-

26. x6 + l = a2x2l
28. l(x2 + a2)=x2(a2-)
30. a4l+ b2 x4 = a2b2x2
31. l(a x)(x- b)= (a, b >0 a> b)
[Ans.:
(1)

(2)

Similar to the previous

Ex. 1 with a = 2

Fig.(7.65)
(3)

(4)

y
(0, 2a)
2a

Fig.(7.66)

Fig.(7.67)

a.JIUIIIOIIOIIII IWIUioiiiiOIIIIWiol

(5)

..

.,

\'- IUJ

- ..

(6)

(2a,

--

--

:(-a,O)

:.

.. X
.:x =a

Fig. (7.69)

Fig. (7.68)

(8) Compare with solved Ex. 5 Case II

(page 7.12)

(7)

Fig. (7.71)

Fig. (7.70)
(9) Similar to solved
Ex. 2 (page 7.11) with
(11) Similar to
Ex. 10 above with

a=

a=

(1 0)
1.

2.

(12) Similar to solved

Ex. 1 page (7.10)
with a= a /2.

Fig. (7.72)
(13)

(14)

Fig. (7.73)

Fig. (7.74)

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(O,a)

Fig. (7.76)

Fig. (7.75)
(18)

(17)

Fig. (7.78)
(19) Similar to solved
Ex. 5 Case I page (7.11)

Fig. (7.77)

Fig. (7.80)

Fig. (7.79)
(23)

(22)

Fig. (7.82)

Fig. (7.81)
(24)

(20)

(21)

+,

(25)

Fig. (7.83)

Fig. (7.84)

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Fig. (7.85)

Fig. (7.86)

(31)

(28) Same as 17

(29) Similar to Ex. 17.

(30) Similar to Ex. 17.

x=a

(\
Fig. (7.87)

I.

Find out the symmetry using the following rules.

( 1) If on replacing

then the curve is symmetrical about the initial line.

(2) If on replacing r by - r i.e. if the powers of r are even then the curve
is symmetrical about the pole. The pole is then called the centre of the curve.

II.
III.

r for both positive and negtive values of e.

e which give r =0 and r =oo .

Also find the values of

Find tan

1>. Also find the points where it is zero or infinity. Find the

points at which the tangent coincides with the initial line or is perpendicular to
it. (Refer to the explanation and the fig. in

IV.

r so as to see if the curve lies within or without a

certain circle.

Ex. 1 : Cardioide
r =a (l +cos e)

(S.U. 1991, 95)

(b) r =a (1 -cos e)

(a)

(c)

6-n

Sol. : 1 (a) : (i) The curve is symmetrical about

the initial line since its equation remains
unchanged by replacing
(ii) When

e by - e.

e =0, r = 2a and when e =7t, r =0.

=a ( 1

Fig. (7.88)

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and when

r=a.

8=3rc/2,
rd 8

Now tan\$= (Tr"

a
=

(1

+cos

-a

sin 8

:. tan l =-cot
: . \$=

Hence,

8)
+

'I' = 8 + l gives

1t
1t
38
8
'1'=8+2 +2 =2 +T

When

initial
initial

0, 'I'

line. When

8=

1t

line.

, 'I' = 2rt

e.

1 (b)

(i) The curve is symmetrical about the initial line.

(ii) When

8 =0

8 =1t/2,
e = 1t,

when

=0;
r=a

r=2a;

8 = 31t/2,

r = a

...
(111) tan \$
cos

6)

=tan

Fig. (7.89)
Hence, 'I'=8 + l gives

d8
r (Tr"

'I'= 8 +

r =a

8
2

a (1- cos 8)
a sin e
8
: l= 2

8 =0, 'I'= 0 i.e. the tangent at this point coincides with the initial
e =1t, 'I' = 31t/2 i.e. the tangent at this point is perpendicular to the

When
line when
initial lin e

1 (c)

: Squaring

=Vi cos (

we get

r =a

cos

8.

This is the cardioide similar to the cardioide shown in

place of a.

(1

+cos

(a) with

8).

a/2

in

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(a) Case 1

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=a+ b cos 0

a>b

initial line.
(ii) Since a

>

b ,

is always

(iii) The following table gives some

Fig. (7.90)

va l ues of rand e.

(b) Case II :

n/3

a +b

a+b/2

n/2

2n/3

1t

a-- b/2

a-b

=b
y

the cardioide

1992)

a+b

(i) The curve is symmetri cal about the

initial line.
(ii) r= 0
.
z.e. e

when a + b cos 0 = 0
=

cos

(iii) When 0 = 0,

I
r

( !.!:_b ) .

Fig. (7.91)

( -alb),

= 0 i.e. the curve passes through the

is n egative and at 0 = n,

origin.

[,'

L
:

< n,

=a-- b.
-

r,

0), we

r in

3, 45), we rotate the radius vector from OX

through 45 into the position OL. We have to measure

the point(-

3
P

-I[-%]< 0

FIg. (7 92)

3 not along OL, but in opposite direction. Producing LO

toP so that OP = 3 units we get the required

gives

some

n/2

cos -1 (-alb)

point P.

of rand 0
cos

negative

Note that we get a loop inside another toop as shown

1t

a-b

in the figure.

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that the curve

r =

2 + 3cos

e can be

y

(d) Pascal's Limacon is also given by

r = a + b sin 8 where the y-axis becomes the
initial line.
For example, the curve

r =

- 3sin 8 is

5

Fig. (7 .94)

a2 cos 28 or (x2 + l> 2 a2 ( -l)

=

(S.U.1995,97,98,2003)
9

37tl4

7tl4

remains unchanged, the curve is symmetrical

(ii) Since on changing 8 by

8 the

equation remains unc hanged the curve is

(iii) Considering only positive values of

Fig. (7.95)
r

n/6

n/4

1t/4<8<31t/4

3n/4

1t

,2

a2
a

a2/2
aN2

negative

imaginary

a2
a

(iv) Consider

x2 -l=

i.e. y

the equation

i.e.

l)2

n/4 and 8

a2(x2 -l).

If we put from

1t/4 and

8 = 3n/4 are tangents at the origin.

7. Curves of the form
r =

a sin n e or

r = a

cos n e

Sol. : ( 1) Since sin n8 or cos n8 cannot be greater than one in both the cases
r

a.

a.

Hence, the curve wholly lies within the circle of

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(2) To find the curve r =a sin nO put r= 0. Then nO = 0, 1t, 2n, .....
1t 21t
:. O=O, n, n

Draw these lines. If n is odd there are n loops in alternate divisions and if

(3) To trace the curve r =a cos n 0 put r= 0 Then,

1t 1t 31t 51t
nO=- 2 '2, 2 2 , . ...
'
1t
1t 31t
51t
:. 0=2n
2n
2n
'
'
'
in alternate divisions and if
Draw these lines. If n is odd there are n
n is even there are 2n loops one in each division.

30
(ii) r=a cos 30.

Sol.

(S.U.1999)

2n/3

-----

--

---

lying within the circle

Put

n/3
'
'
'

r=a.

r= 0.

:. sin 3

0=0
:. 30 = 0, 1t 21t , ....
'
1t 1t 21t
41t 51t
:.0=0 3 3 31t 3 3

'
'
'

'
'
'

Fig. (7.96)

9

n/2

(ii) The curve consists of three loops

lying within the circle

5nt6/

r=a. Put r= 0.

'
'

:. cos 30 = 0

'
'
'
'

:. 30 = 2'2'2'2

0
9

3n/2

Fig. (7.97)

_ n n n sn 7n 3n

--6'6'2'6'6'2

Draw these lines and place equal

loops in alternate divisions.

(i)

r= 0, sin 20 = 0

Put

(ii)

(2 x 2) loops lying within the circle r =a.

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n/2

:. 20
:. 0

0, n, 2n ....

0,

'

1t ,

3n

2-

Draw these lines and place equal loops

in all divisions.
(ii) The curve consists of four (2 x 2)
loops lying within the circle r = a . Put

r=

0.

:. cos 20 = 0
:. 20 =:. 0=8

Sn/4 ',___

__.-'

()

-n/4

1t

3n

2 2 T

1t

3n

5n
2

5n

4,4,4'4

'

0000

Draw these lines and place equal loops

Fig. (7.99)

in all divisions.

r=a

0. When 0 = 0,

r =

f , 1t ,

the pole. As 0 increases

and so on we see that

3 7t
2

, 2n ..

tracing the curve goes away from the pole as shown

in the neighbouring figure. When 0 oo, roo.

Fig. (7.100)

If we consider negative values of 0 also

we get a curve shown by dotted line. (Fig. 7.101)

Ex.

4: Reciprocal Spiral

r0

=a

(S.U. 1985)

Sol. : Let us first consider only positive values

of e. From the values considered below we see
that as 0 increases r decreases. This means as 0
increases the point tracing the curve goes nearer
and nearer to the
pole and when

Fig. (7.101)
0=. rO.
0 = ... 2n ,
r

_!I_
-

3n

2,

..!

2a

n ,

1t

2 ....

!I_

2n ' 3n ' n

'

1E._
1t

Fig. (7.102)

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as

-)

0,

oo .

be noted that the line

It may

-;- X

a is an

asymptote.
Ex.

5 : Equiangular Spiral r = ae be
(S.U.

Sol. : When 0 = 0
Fig.

, r

increases. When 0 -
When 0 ->

=a. As 0 increases
oo , r

Further, tan
:. tan
\

oo

also

dO
dr

<I> i.e. the

Thus,

9 r ->

<I> =

1985)

between the

tangent and the radius vector is a l ways

constant. Hence, the name equiangular.

Ex.

(7.104)

Fig.

: r =a (sec 0 + cos 0)

(S.U. 1979,

2004)

r2

=a

(2a, 0)

(r sec

=a

[r.

Fig.

2 2

:. J2 (x-

(7.105)

r2

cos 0

.. x +y

e + r cos 0)

[x2+y2
2
a) = (2a
x

+x

x)

0, y = 0. Further i +2:l- = 0 are the tangents at the origin.

the origin are imaginary. The origin is an isolated point.

(ii) When x =
The tangents at
(iii) x

a is an asymptote.

Exercise II
= 2 (1 +cos 0), (b) r = 1 +cos 0

1.

(a)

2.

r=

3.

r = 3 +2 cos 0

[I) (1

(S.U.

1978, 80, 93, 94, 97)

(S.U.

+ cos 0)

(S.U.

1989)

1978, 2000)

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4.

r = 1 + 2 cos 8

5.

,.z = 4 cos

6.

r ( l + cos 8)

7.

r (1 -cos 8) = 2a

9.

r= 3 cos 28

{7- 27)

(S.U. 1980, 99)

8
=

(S.U. 1981)

2a
8.

= 2a cos 8
(S.U. 1988)
(S.U. 1981, 2003)

10. r =a (1 + sin 8)
11. ? cos 28 = a2 or r2

a2 sec 28
(S.U. 2005, 06)

12. r2 =a2 sin 28

(S.U. 2003)

13. r =a (1 -sin 8)
14. r = 2a tan 8 sin 8
[Ans. :
1. Similar to solved Ex.l (1) Fig. (7.88).

5. Similar to solved Ex. 3. Fig. (7.95).

6. Parabola opening on the left.

Fig. (7.91)

Fig. (7.107)

Fig. (7.106)

9. Cricle similar to the previous

one with a= 3/2

8. Circle

10.

Fig. (7.108)

Fig. (7.109)

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12.

Fig. (7.111)

Fig. (7.110)
13.

14. See remark under

Ex. 1 page (7 .10) See Fig. (7 .45).

y
X

Fig. (7 .112)
8. Some More Curves :
(1) Cycloids
Because of its graceful form and beautiful properties, mathematicians
call this curve the Helen of Geometry. (After all, mathematicians are not dry
as they are sometimes called !) When a circle rolls, on a straight line without
sliding any fixed point on its circumference traces a cycloid.
The curve traced by a fixed point on the cricumference of a cricle, which
rolls without sliding on the cricumference of another fixed cricle is called an
epicycloid or hypocycloid.
If the rolling circle is outside the fixed cricle the curve is called the

epicycloid and if the rolling cricle is inside the fixed cricle, the curve is called
the hypocycloid. We have seen one particular hypocycloid in Ex. (3) page
7.11.
If the radius of the rolling circle is equal to the radius of the fixed cricle,
the epicycloid is called cardioide because of its heart like shape (Cardio
Heart, eidos =shape). We have studied this curve Ex.

1 on page 7.20.

(a)x=a(t +sint),y=a(l +cost) (b)x=a(t-sint),y =a(l +cost)

(c) x =a (t + sin t), y =a (1 - ccis t)

(S.U. 2004, 07)

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(d) x ""a (t --sin t), y =a (1 -cost)

Sol.

(a)

dx

dt
:.

dy

.
=-a sm t
dt
dy!dt
--asint
=-tan
dx/dt =a( 1 +cost)

=a (1 +cost),
dy
dx

(S.U. 1987)

2
(t)

-n

-n/2

-an
0
00

n/2

--a( 1t/2 + 1)

()

a(1t/2+1)

an

2a

- 1

0
-

oo

- n and at t = n, the tangents are

Further at t = 0, the tangent

parallel to they-axis. Th ese points are called cusps.

is parallel

to the x-axis.

y t

--:

2a

Fig. (7.113)
dv
(b) -=a (l- cost) --=-a sin t
dt
' dt
dy
dyldt
--asint
dx

dx

d;d d t

a(

- cos

t)

[t)

- cot 2

dyldx

n/2

31t/2

2n

a (7tl2 -1)

an

a(3n/2 +1)

2an

2a
00

2a

-1

00

From the above table we see that at t = 0 and t = 2n

parallel to they-axis. These are cusps. Further at
the x- axis is the tangent.
t=O

an:

---------

Fig.

an:
---------

(7.114)

= n, y = 0 and dy/dx = 0 i.e.

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Some of
a- 1

dx

=a

(1

dyldt

dy

.. dx

dxldt

--

[t]

tan

dyldx are

-n:/2

-n:

dyldx

+cost)

the values of x, y,

asint

----

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(7-30)

---

.n/2 + 1)

-2

n:
/
2
00 a(n:/a2+1 an2a
0

1t

00

y
t

1t

=a -cost)
(1.)
a y,
t 00 a(rrJrrJ22- ann a(31tl2+ 2arr.2n:
0
ydy/dx 0 a 2a0
Fig. (7.115)

dx
dt-

!!r_

dy

(1

dx

dyldt
dxldt

, dt

sin t

=_E._
=
( 1 -cost)

cot

dyldx are

1)

1)

00

-- 1

00

t= n

an
=

'
'
'
: 2a
an
:
t:: 27t

Fig. (7.116)
(2) Catenary

(S.U. 2003)

If a heavy uniform string is allowed to hang freely under gravity, it hangs

in the form a curve called catenary. Its equation can be shown to be
y

ccosh

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y

Fig. (7.117)

when

x =

0,y = c

-cause,

cosh

0 =c.

Hence, if x is replaced by - x the equation remains the same. Hence, the

. ce
Sm

dy

exlc

e -xlc

d.:r
parallel to the x-axis.:

is zero. when

x = c,

the tangent at

(3) Tractrix
x =

.
dx
-=-asmt
dt

Sol.:

a cos t +

a log tan 2

a
+
2

=-a sin t +

=-a sin t +
a cos 2 t

( t]

2tan (f)

a sin

(f)-}
[f]

sec2

tan 2
a

2 sin

--(!.sm t

(1-)
=

cos

--(!.sm t

(f]
(1

- sin 2

sin t

dy
dt
.

=a cost

dy
dyldt
sin t
=tan t
=
=a cost.
dx
dxldt
a cos 2 t

dy
Some ofthe values oft, x, y, dx are ,

t)

= c

is

(7- 32)

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00

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00

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n/2

1t

00

00

00

From the above data we see that as t - n the point on the curve is
(oo,

0) and as t 0 the point is(- oo, 0).

t = n/2

Fig. (7.118)
9. Some Solids
You have studied to some extent plane and straight line

in three

dimensions. We shall here get acquainted with some more three dimensional
solids such as sphere, cylinder, cone, paraboloid etc.

y=O

x=O

be written as
a'
b'
c'
-x+-y+-z=1
d'
-d'
d'
i.e.

ax +

Fig. (7.119)

by + cz= 1

whose

z

z= 0.

!+2\$,+!=1
y

y
X

Fig. (7 .120)

Fig. (7.121)

The planes parallel to the coordinate planes are x =a, y = b,

The plane ax+ by+ cz = 1 cuts off intercepts 1/a, 1/b,
axes. Still more common form of the plane is
+l'.+=l
a
b
c

z =c.

1/c on the coordinate

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An equation

a,

involving

f (x, y)

O,.f (y, z)

0, y (z,

x)

0 represent

(a) Right Circular Cylinders :

x2 + y2 = a2 is a right circular cylinder, whose
generator is parallel to the z-axis. Similarly,

y2 + z2:: !J2 is a cylinder whose generators are

paralel to the x-axis. z2 + x2 c2 is a cylinder
=

x/

Fig. (7.122)

whose generators are parallel to they-axis.

z
..

Fig. (7.124)

(7.123)
(b) Parabolic Cylinders

The equations z2
shown

4by,

x2

3. Sphere

Fig. (7.126)

a is x2

+ y2 +

4. Cone

z2

a2.

by x2 + y2 = z2 is shown in the following figure

7.129.
The other two cones y2 + z2 x2 and x2
z2 y2 are shown in the following figures
7.130 and 7.31.
=

paraola in

standard form i.e. with center at the origin and

parabolic cylinder.

the following figures.

Fig. (7.125)

Fig. (7.127)

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z
z

y2+z2=x2

X
X

Fig. (7.129)

Fig. (7.131)

Fig. (7.130)

5. Ellipsoid :The equation of ellipsoid

in standard form is
2
x

z2
+ 2 + 2 = 1
b
a2
c

The sections of the ellipsoid by planes

parallel to the coordinate planes are ellipses.
6.

Hyperboloid

The equations of

Fig. (7.132)

respectively
x2

z2
+-+-==
1
a2
c2
b2

and

a2

b2

z2

+ 2 =
c
-

The hyperboloid of one sheet is shown on the

right. Sections of the hyperboloid of one sheet parallel

x

z

sheets

Fig. (7.133)

Sections of this hyperboloid by planes paralles

to the xy-plane i.e. z

==

k, I k I >

Sections of this hyperboloid by planes parallel

to the zx-plane i.e. y =

k are

hyperbolas.

7. Paraboloids : We

Fig. (7.134)

elliptic paraboloid given by

2
x
2z
-+-==2
a
b2
c

Fig. (7 .135)

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Sketch the following figures.

2
2
2
1. y=x ,x +y =2

+y

2
=b ,

y- =X + 6,

3.

2+ 2
a

=y

2
y=x , y=1,X =1,X =2

4.

2
y=x , y=x+2,x=-1,x=2

5.
6

2.

2
2
x + y = ax, ax =by

2
x +i=by,ax=by

7.

8.

2
2
2
- y =1,X - y =2,X)' =4,xy=2

xy= 2 - y

9.

11. i=-4 (x-1), l =-2 (x-2)

12. a2 x2 =4l (a2
13.

-l)

or x=asin 2t, y=asin t

2
(cos 8 +sin 8) =2asin 8 cos 8 or (x+ y) (x +

2
14. x4 + y4 =2a xy or

2
15 x6 + y6 =a2x y or

=
2

l) =2axy

2a sin8 cos8

sin 4 8+cos 4 8
a

78
. 2 8 cossm

6
6
sin 8+cos 8

16. x4-2.tya2+a2l = 0 or ? =2atan 8 sec2 8 - a 2 tan 2 8 sec2 8

17. y=x2 -6x+3, y=2x-9

=

19.

l =4x,

y=2x- 4

21.

20. y=4x-x2, y=x

22.
23.

2
2
A cone and paraboloid given b y z =x +land z =x2 +
A paraboloid +

24. The paraboloids z

25. y=4x(1 -x)

2
2
4 -x - Y ,
4

3x2 +

y2
4

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(2)

x2+y2=b2

Fig. (7.137)

x2+y2=2

Fig. (7.136)
(4)

(3)

y=1
X

( 6, 0)

x=1 x=2

Fig. (7.139)
Fig. (7.138)
(5)

(6)

X
X

Fig. (7.140)
Fig. (7.141)
(7)

(8)

X
X

Fig. (7.142)
Fig. (7.143)

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(10)

Fig. (7.145)

Fig. (7.144)

(12)

(11)

(2, 0)

X
X

Fig. (7.146)

(13)

Fig. (7.147)
(14)

Fig. (7.148)
Fig. (7.149)
(15)

(16)

Fig. (7.150)

Fig. (7.151)

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{7- 38)
(18)

(6, 3)
(-1, 1)

:Fig. (7.152)

Fig. (7 .153)

(19)

(20)

(2, 7)

(-1, 1)

Fig. (7.154)
(22)

(21)

Fig. (7 .136)

Yt

Fig. (7 .156)
(23)

Fig. (7.158)

:Fig. (7 .157)
(24)

Fig. (7 .159)

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Fig.

(7.160)