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For Maths C4, often a question will come up along you to rewrite am equation in Cartesian form, does that just mean in terms of x and y in one equation? Does y even need to be the subject?

And so a parametric equation is where there are two equations, one in terms of eg. y and t and one in terms of x and t?

Very many thanks!
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For Maths C4, often a question will come up along you to rewrite am equation in Cartesian form, does that just mean in terms of x and y in one equation? Does y even need to be the subject?

And so a parametric equation is where there are two equations, one in terms of eg. y and t and one in terms of x and t?

Very many thanks!
Yes a cartesian equation is one that uses only x and y with no other variables! And yes you're right about parametric equations, although they won't always be in terms of t so look out for other letters as well!
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Does y even need to be the subject?
Chances are if the curve has to be written in parametric form in the first place, it will not be possible to re-write the equation with either x or y as the subject, so don't worry about that.

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And so a parametric equation is where there are two equations, one in terms of eg. y and t and one in terms of x and t?
Yep, that's correct.
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Yes a cartesian equation is one that uses only x and y with no other variables! And yes you're right about parametric equations, although they won't always be in terms of t so look out for other letters as well!
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Chances are if the curve has to be written in parametric form in the first place, it will not be possible to re-write the equation with either x or y as the subject, so don't worry about that.



Yep, that's correct.

Thanks guys, that clears that up a lot!
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