Parametric Equations and Vectors

In BC calculus the only application parametric equations and vectors is motion in a plane. Polar equations concern area and the meaning of derivatives. See the review notes for more detail and an outline of the topics. (only 3 items here) Motion Problems: Same Thing Different Context (11-16-2012) Implicit Differentiation of Parametric Equations (5-17-2014) A…

Polar Equations

Ideally, as with parametric and vector functions, polar curves should be introduced and covered thoroughly in a pre-calculus course. Questions on the BC exams have been concerned with calculus ideas related to polar curves. Students have not been asked to know the names of the various curves (rose, curves, limaçons, etc.). The graphs are usually…

February 2016

As I hope you’ve noticed there is a new pull-down on the navigation bar called “Website.” For some years I’ve had a website at linmcmullin.net that lately I’ve been neglecting. I decided to close it in the next few days, and therefore, I move most of the material that is there to this new tab. The…

Limaçons

When I first started getting interested in roulettes I began in polar form graphing limaçons. Without going into as much detail as with the roulettes, I offer just one today. I found this Winplot illustration instructive as to how polar graphs are formed and just how the graphs work and relate to rectangular form graphs…

Polar Curves

AP Type Questions 9 Polar Curves for BC only. Ideally, as with parametric and vector functions, polar curves should be introduced and covered thoroughly in a precalculus course. Questions on the BC exams have been concerned with calculus ideas. Students have not been asked to know the names of the various curves (rose, curves, limaçons,…