- Purpose
- Background
- Plotting and animating curves in the plane
- Defining parametric curves and vector valued functions simply in Maple
- Exercises

where and are functions defined on some interval . From our definition of a parametric curve, it should be clear that you can always associate a parametric curve with a vector-valued function by just considering the curve traced out by the head of the vector.

>with(CalcP7);The ParamPlot command produces an animated plot. To see the animation, execute the command and then click on the plot region below to make the controls appear in the Context Bar just above the worksheet window.

>ParamPlot([t,t^2],t=-2..2);the direction of the motion on the curve can be reversed by simply changing the first component from t to -t, as shown below.

>ParamPlot([-t,t^2],t=-2..2);The ParamPlot command is nice for visualization, but its output doesn't always show up in printouts. Toproduce a printable plot, you can use the VPlot command as shown below.

>VPlot([t^2,t^3-t],t=-1.5..1.5);

>f:=t->[2*cos(t),2*sin(t)];You can evaluate this function at any value of t in the usual way.

>f(0);This is how to access a single component. You would use f(t)[2] to get the second component.

>f(t)[1]

- Consider the simple function . Animate the following two parameterizations for
and state how the two parameterizations of the same function are different.

- Consider the curve
for
. Plot the graph of and calculate the points at
and . Then plot the points on the graph.
- Suppose that at time zero, flight 12 is at the point (100 mi, -101.63347 mi) at an altitude of 30,000 feet and traveling northwest at 429 mph and that flight 33 is at the same altitude, but is traveling due east at a speed of 388 mph. At time zero, flight 33 is at the point (-200 mi, 30 mi).
- Write a parametric function for each flight.
- Animate the flights on one plot.
- Do the planes crash? When(convert your answer to minutes)?

2006-09-21