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#1 2005-11-26 09:49:16

Zoid
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Lemniscate in Parametric Form

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.

#2 2005-11-26 15:27:38

ganesh
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Re: Lemniscate in Parametric Form

A lemniscate is a curve with the cartesian equation
(x  + y)  = a (x  - y)
It is like this :- ∞
The polar equation is
r=aCos2θ


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#3 2005-11-27 06:52:02

Zoid
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Re: Lemniscate in Parametric Form

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.

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