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Polar Necessities

Published on 01/24/2012

Activity Overview

Students will graphically and algebraically find the slope of the tangent line at a point on a polar graph. Finding the area of a region of a polar curve will be determined using the area formula.

Key Steps

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    Students will explore what is necessary to understand the calculus of polar equations. They begin by reviewing polar coordinates and plotting polar graphs.

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    Students will graphically and algebraically find the slope of the tangent line at a point on a polar graph.

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    Finding the area of a region of a polar curve will be determined using the area formula.