Parametric Equation Problem A mellophone player is marching from the Side 1 End Zone at (-15,-6) to the point (7,5), 3 steps outside the 30 Yard Line on Side 2 along the path:

When written in a parametric form it is:

When will he or she arrive at the end spot?
This problem can be done two ways, using the x-value and using the y-value. For this question, I will use x.

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How big of steps did the mellophone player take?

So use the Pythagorean Theorem.

On what beat will he or she cross the 50 Yard Line? (y-axis)
For this question, begin by making x zero.

60 Steps
Unfortunately, the band director arranged another band member that intercepts with this mellophone's path. The other band member walks along the path y=-2x+5. Where do they intersect?
Start by taking both points and setting them equal to one another.

Now enter the x-value back into the original problem.

When do they intersect?
For this question, I will use the x-value.

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Where is he or she on step 85?
Begin by entering 85 in for t in both parts of the equation

On what step will he or she be in line with the field goals? (the x-axis)
Solve this one the same way as above, only make y equal zero.

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If at a band competition, stepping off the field in the show would cause a penalty. On what step would he or she step off the field? (stepping on the point (13,8))
Just like the first problem, you can use either the x or the y value for this one, but for this example, I will use y.

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While marching, the mellophone will pass h;is or her friend's end point. It is at the point and (-2,2). When is the mellophone closest to him or her?
To do this, use the distance formula and graph it

When plugged into the calculator, the x-value of the minimum is -3.2. Now to use it to find the y-value:

The closest point is at the point (-3.2,-0.1)

Example of what it looks like:
Note for the applet: 1 beat = 1 step