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Function, Polar, Parametric, & Implicit Plots

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will write the equation of a circle in several modes: function, polar, parametric, and implicit. They will graph the circle in each mode.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Compare function, polar, parametric, and implicit plots
  • Write the equation of a circle in several modes: function, polar, parametric, and implicit.
  • Graph the circle in each mode.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student answers
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary