For questions about parametric equations, their application, equivalence to other equation types and definition.

In mathematics, a parametric equation of a curve is a representation of this curve through equations expressing the coordinates of the points of the curve as functions of a variable called a parameter. This contrasts with implicit equations that define a curve as the zero set of some equation in the coordinates.

The parametric forms of curves are well-suited for drawing on a computer, while their corresponding implicit forms are useful for analytic manipulations (intersections, etc.)