Polar Coordinates

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Polar opposites might not work together—but polar coordinates do! The interactive provides learners the opportunity to graph trigonometric and algebraic functions using polar coordinates. The program takes either individual data points or functions as inputs. Pupils may work through four exploration activities to determine how the graphs of cosine and sine are related.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide groups with equations to graph in polar form
  • Have class members check to see if the transformations on the rectangular coordinate plane also work on the polar coordinate plane
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should be familiar with polar coordinates
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  • Contains a detailed explanation of the functions of the applet
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