Discussion about math, puzzles, games and fun. Useful symbols: ÷ × ½ √ ∞ ≠ ≤ ≥ ≈ ⇒ ± ∈ Δ θ ∴ ∑ ∫ π -¹ ² ³ °

You are not logged in.

- Topics: Active | Unanswered

Pages: **1**

**Zoid****Member**- Registered: 2005-11-25
- Posts: 2

Hi,

I'm working on a report in which I have to take the definition of a lemniscate and use it to develop a system of parametric equations to describe it. I know that the most common such system is x = (a * cos t)/(1+sin^2 t) and y = (a * sin t cos t)/(1+sin^2 t).

My question is... how do you derive this from the definition of a lemniscate?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Offline

**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
- Posts: 13,913

A lemniscate is a curve with the cartesian equation

(x² + y²)² = a² (x² - y²)

It is like this :- ∞

The polar equation is

r²=a²Cos2θ

Character is who you are when no one is looking.

Offline

**Zoid****Member**- Registered: 2005-11-25
- Posts: 2

Thank you.

But I still don't understand where x = (a * cos t)/(1+sin^2 t) and y = (a * sin t cos t)/(1+sin^2 t) come from.

Offline

Pages: **1**