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Calculus IV
15.Functions of Several Variables
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Course: Calculus II
Topic: Parametric, Polar, and Conic Curves
Subtopic: Polar Equations and Curves

Overview

Recall from a Pre-Calculus course polar equations (see Lesson Notes - Trigonometry - Polar Equations and Graphs but ignore any "text notes"). A polar equation, e.g. r=sin(3θ), can be converted to a rectangular equation, but some calculus operations may be simplified by working with the polar form. This lesson merely reviews and practices skills working with polar coordinates, polar equations, and polar curves from a Pre-Calculus course in preparation for doing calculus in polar coordinates in the next lesson.

Objectives

By the end of this topic you should know and be prepared to be tested on:

Terminology

Define: polar equation, pole, collision point, self-intersection point

Supplemental Resources (optional)

The material below reviews concepts from Pre-Calculus.

Video: Polar Coordinates and Graphs, Selwyn Hollis's Video Calculus

Lesson: Polar Coordinates, Dale Hoffman's Contemporary Calculus