Parametrics: Definition & Equations


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What is the difference between the following two sets of parametric equations?

Equation Set 1

x = -4cos(2t)

y = 3sin(2t)

Equation Set 2

x = -4cos(4t)

y = 3sin(4t)

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What is the direction of motion associated with the following set of parametric equations?

x = 2cos(t)

y = 3sin(t)


Do the following parametric equations describe a circle, an ellipse, or a parabola?

x = 4cost

y = 4sint

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of parametrics in mathematical equations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will learn what you know about the following:

  • The difference between two set of parametric equations
  • Interpreting the direction of motion
  • What a parametric equation describes

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the difference between two set of parametric equations in a mathematical problem
  • Knowledge application use your knowledge to answer questions about the way a parametric equation can describe an ellipse, parabola or other mathematical plane
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how to interpret the direction of motion involving a variety of objects and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Keep learning about parametrics by reviewing the lesson called Parametrics: Definition & Equations. The lesson will cover the following areas:

  • A definition of parametrics
  • The types of parametric curves
  • How to graph parametric equations
  • The advantages of using parametrics to solve equations