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Translation from General, to Parametric, and to Vector Equations

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Translation from General, to Parametric, and to Vector Equations

Algebra-2

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You will translate from general to parametric equations of a line, and then from parametric to vector equations of the line.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Translate from general to parametric equations of a line.
  • Translate from parametric to vector equations of a line.

Everything You'll Have Covered

These are called parametric equations for a line. These are equations for x and y in terms of the independent variable t, which is called a parameter. Because there are many choices for a vector equation of a line, there are also many different parametric equations for a line.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 20 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define a vector on the Cartesian coordinate plane, multiply a vector by a scalar, calculate the sum of two vectors, subtract two vectors, find the vector represented by a directed line segment, use function notation, and define independent and dependent variables.
Course Algebra-2
Type of Tutorial Skills Application
Key Vocabulary general equation, parametric equation, translate between forms of a line