# Video: Differentiating Parametric Functions

Given that 𝑥 = cos 𝑡 and 𝑦 = sin 2𝑡, find d𝑦/d𝑥.

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### Video Transcript

Given that 𝑥 equals cos 𝑡 and 𝑦 equals sin two 𝑡, find d𝑦 by d𝑥.

In this question, we’ve been given a pair of parametric equations. These are equations for 𝑥 and 𝑦 in terms of a third parameter; here that’s 𝑡. And so, we recall that to find d𝑦 by d𝑥 — that’s the derivative of 𝑦 with respect to 𝑥 — as long as d𝑥 by d𝑡 is not equal to zero, we can divide d𝑦 by d𝑡 by d𝑥 by d𝑡. And so, it should be fairly clear to us that we’re going to need to differentiate 𝑥 with respect to 𝑡 and the equation for 𝑦 with respect to 𝑡.

And we might recall this cycle that helps us to differentiate sin and cos. The derivative of sin 𝑥 is cos 𝑥. The derivative of cos 𝑥 with respect to 𝑥 is negative sin 𝑥. Differentiating again, and we get negative cos 𝑥. And differentiating once more, and we get sin 𝑥. This means that the derivative of cos 𝑡 with respect to 𝑡 is negative sin 𝑡. Then, we could quote the general result for the derivative of sin of some constant of 𝑡. But we could also use the chain rule.

By letting 𝑢 be equal to two 𝑡, we find that d𝑦 by d𝑡 is equal to the derivative of 𝑢 with respect to 𝑡 — that’s the derivative of two 𝑡 with respect to 𝑡 — times the derivative of sin 𝑢 with respect to 𝑢. Well, the derivative of two 𝑡 with respect to 𝑡 is two whereas the derivative of sin 𝑢 with respect to 𝑢 is cos 𝑢. But since we let 𝑢 be equal to two 𝑡, we find that d𝑦 by d𝑡 is two cos of two 𝑡. Then, d𝑦 by d𝑥 is the quotient of these. It’s two cos two 𝑡 over negative sin 𝑡. And since we’re dividing a positive function by a negative function, we know that our final result will be a negative function. So, d𝑦 by d𝑥 is negative two cos two 𝑡 over sin 𝑡.