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two expressions for slope to obtain
yв€’1
3= (в€—)
.
xв€’2
This may be simpliп¬Ѓed to y = 3x в€’ 5.

Math Note: The form y = 3x в€’ 5 for the equation of a line is called the slope-
intercept form. The slope is 3 and the line passes through (0, 5) (its y-intercept).

Math Note: Equation (в€—) may be rewritten as y в€’ 1 = 3(x в€’ 2). In general, the
line with slope m that passes through the point (x0 , y0 ) can be written as y в€’ y0 =
m(x в€’ x0 ). This is called the point-slope form of the equation of a line.
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You Try It: Write the equation of the line that passes through the point (в€’3, 2)
and has slope 4.
EXAMPLE 1.11
Write the equation of the line passing through the points (в€’4, 5) and (6, 2).
SOLUTION
Let (x, y) be a variable point on the line. Using the points (x, y) and (в€’4, 5),
we may calculate the slope to be
yв€’5
m= .
x в€’ (в€’4)
On the other hand, we may use the points (в€’4, 5) and (6, 2) to calculate the
slope:
2в€’5 в€’3
m= = .
6 в€’ (в€’4) 10
Equating the two expressions for slope, we п¬Ѓnd that
yв€’5 в€’3
= .
x+4 10
Simplifying this identity, we п¬Ѓnd that the equation of our line is
в€’3
yв€’5= В· (x + 4).
10
You Try It: Find the equation of the line that passes through the points (2, в€’5)
and (в€’6, 1).
In general, the line that passes through points (x0 , y0 ) and (x1 , y1 ) has equation
y в€’ y0 y1 в€’ y0
= .
x в€’ x0 x1 в€’ x0
This is called the two-point form of the equation of a line.
EXAMPLE 1.12
Find the line perpendicular to y = 3x в€’ 6 that passes through the point
(5, 4).
SOLUTION
We know from the Math Note immediately after Example 1.10 that the given
line has slope 3. Thus the line we seek (the perpendicular line) has slope в€’1/3.
Using the point-slope form of a line, we may immediately write the equation
of the line with slope в€’1/3 and passing through (5, 4) as
в€’1
yв€’4= В· (x в€’ 5).
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Summary: We determine the equation of a line in the plane by п¬Ѓnding two
expressions for the slope and equating them.
If a line has slope m and passes through the point (x0 , y0 ) then it has equation
y в€’ y0 = m(x в€’ x0 ).
This is the point-slope form of a line.
If a line passes through the points (x0 , y0 ) and (x1 , y1 ) then it has equation
y в€’ y0 y1 в€’ y0
= .
x в€’ x0 x1 в€’ x0
This is the two-point form of a line.
You Try It: Find the line perpendicular to 2x + 5y = 10 that passes through
the point (1, 1). Now п¬Ѓnd the line that is parallel to the given line and passes
through (1, 1).

1.6 Loci in the Plane
The most interesting sets of points to graph are collections of points that are deп¬Ѓned
by an equation. We call such a graph the locus of the equation. We cannot give all
the theory of loci here, but instead consider a few examples. See [SCH2] for more
on this matter.
EXAMPLE 1.13
Sketch the graph of {(x, y): y = x 2 }.
SOLUTION
It is convenient to make a table of values:

x y = x2
в€’3 9
в€’2 4
в€’1 1
0 0
1 1
2 4
3 9

We plot these points on a single set of axes (Fig. 1.19). Supposing that the
curve we seek to draw is a smooth interpolation of these points (calculus will
later show us that this supposition is correct), we п¬Ѓnd that our curve is as shown
in Fig. 1.20. This curve is called a parabola.
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y

x

Fig. 1.19

Fig. 1.20

EXAMPLE 1.14
Sketch the graph of the curve {(x, y): y = x 3 }.

SOLUTION
It is convenient to make a table of values:

x y = x3
в€’3 в€’27
в€’2 в€’8
в€’1 в€’1
0 0
1 1
2 8
3 27
We plot these points on a single set of axes (Fig. 1.21). Supposing that the
curve we seek to draw is a smooth interpolation of these points (calculus will
later show us that this supposition is correct), we п¬Ѓnd that our curve is as shown
in Fig. 1.22. This curve is called a cubic.
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y

6
3

x
36

Fig. 1.21

Fig. 1.22

You Try It: Sketch the graph of the locus |x| = |y|.
EXAMPLE 1.15
Sketch the graph of the curve y = x 2 + x в€’ 1.
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SOLUTION
It is convenient to make a table of values:

x y = x2 + x в€’ 1
в€’4 11
в€’3 5
в€’2 1
в€’1 в€’1
в€’1
0
1 1
2 5
3 11

We plot these points on a single set of axes (Fig. 1.23). Supposing that the
curve we seek to draw is a smooth interpolation of these points (calculus will

Y
later show us that this supposition is correct), we п¬Ѓnd that our curve is as shown
in Fig. 1.24. This is another example of a parabola.
FL
y
AM
TE

x

Fig. 1.23

You Try It: Sketch the locus y 2 = x 3 + x + 1 on a set of axes.
The reader unfamiliar with cartesian geometry and the theory of loci would do
well to consult [SCH2].
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Fig. 1.24

1.7 Trigonometry
Here we give a whirlwind review of basic ideas of trigonometry. The reader who
needs a more extensive review should consult [SCH1].
When we п¬Ѓrst learn trigonometry, we do so by studying right triangles and
measuring angles in degrees. Look at Fig. 1.25. In calculus, however, it is convenient
to study trigonometry in a more general setting, and to measure angles in radians.

=

= measured in degrees
Fig. 1.25

Angles will be measured by rotation along the unit circle in the plane, beginning
at the positive x-axis. See Fig. 1.26. Counterclockwise rotation corresponds to
positive angles, and clockwise rotation corresponds to negative angles. Refer to
Fig. 1.27. The radian measure of an angle is deп¬Ѓned to be the length of the arc
of the unit circle that the angle subtends with the positive x-axis (together with an
appropriate + or в€’ sign).
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y

О±
x

positive angle

Fig. 1.26

y

x
О±

negative angle

Fig. 1.27

In degree measure, one full rotation about the unit circle is 360в—¦ ; in radian
measure, one full rotation about the circle is just the circumference of the circle or
2ПЂ . Let us use the symbol Оё to denote an angle. The principle of proportionality
now tells us that
degree measure of Оё radian measure of Оё
= .
360в—¦ 2ПЂ
In other words
ПЂ
radian measure of Оё = В· (degree measure of Оё )
180
and
180
degree measure of Оё = В· (radian measure of Оё ).
ПЂ
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EXAMPLE 1.16
Sketch the angle with radian measure ПЂ/6. Give its equivalent degree
measure.

SOLUTION
Since
1
ПЂ/6
=,
2ПЂ 12
the angle subtends an arc of the unit circle corresponding to 1/12 of the full cir-
cumference. Since ПЂ/6 > 0, the angle represents a counterclockwise rotation.
It is illustrated in Fig. 1.28.
y

p/6
x

Fig. 1.28

The degree measure of this angle is
180 ПЂ
В· = 30в—¦ .
6
ПЂ
Math Note: In this book we always use radian measure for angles. (The reason
is that it makes the formulas of calculus turn out to be simpler.) Thus, for example,
if we refer to вЂњthe angle 2ПЂ/3вЂќ then it should be understood that this is an angle in
Likewise, if we refer to the angle 3 it is also understood to be radian measure.
We sketch this last angle by noting that 3 is approximately 0.477 of a full rotation
2ПЂвЂ”refer to Fig. 1.30.

You Try It: Sketch the angles в€’2, 1, ПЂ, 3ПЂ/2, 10вЂ”all on the same coordinate
п¬Ѓgure. Of course use radian measure.
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y

2F/3

x

Fig. 1.29

y

3

x

Fig. 1.30

EXAMPLE 1.17
Several angles are sketched in Fig. 1.31, and both their radian and degree
measures given.
If Оё is an angle, let (x, y) be the coordinates of the terminal point of the corre-
sponding radius (called the terminal radius) on the unit circle. We call P = (x, y)
the terminal point corresponding to Оё. Look at Fig. 1.32. The number y is called the
sine of Оё and is written sin Оё. The number x is called the cosine of Оё and is written
cos Оё.
Since (cos Оё, sin Оё ) are coordinates of a point on the unit circle, the following
two fundamental properties are immediate:
(1) For any number Оё,
(sin Оё )2 + (cos Оё )2 = 1.
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y

5F/6 = 150В°
= 60В°
p/3

x
_ p = _180В°
_ 3p/4 = _135В°

Fig. 1.31

y

unit circle P = (x, y)

sin G
G
cos G x

Fig. 1.32

(2) For any number Оё,

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