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Polar Coordinates

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Graphing outside of the Cartesian plane is a unique challenge for many students, particularly the part where they need to convert (x, y) coordinates into polar form. Enter this lesson and corresponding worksheet covering the basics of...
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Introduction to Polar Coordinates

For Teachers 10th - 12th
High schoolers compare polar coordinates to that of rectangular coordinates. They locate points in a polar coordinate plane and convert that point to one on a rectangular coordinate plane, and vice versa.
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Polar Coordinates

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
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...
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Worksheet 39 - Polar Coordinates

For Teachers Higher Ed
In this polar coordinates worksheet, pupils graph polar coordinates and determine the values of a given series. This one-page worksheet contains 14 multi-step problems.
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Introduction to Polar Coordinates - Concept

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learning polar coordinates does not require visiting the North Pole, though explaining igloos is much easier using polar coordinates. The lesson begins with a video explaining how to find coordinates on a spherical plane and how to...
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Introduction to Polar coordinates

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The class practices plotting points in a Cartesian coordinate system and a Polar coordinate system. They convert from one system to the other to get coordinates to plot. Then they play a Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four game to have a...
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Unit 8 Review Packet: Polar Coordinates, Polar Graphs, and Vectors

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Tying together an introductory unit on polar coordinates, graphs, and vectors is often a daunting task. So many nuanced math skills develop through these lessons that making sure an assessment hits them is difficult, to say the least....
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Plots of Polar Coordinates: Submarine Sonar

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Find the location of enemy submarines with a sonar display that doubles as a polar coordinate system. Pupils find polar coordinates that would be the same location of plotted submarines. They then determine multiple polar coordinates...
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Rectangular to Polar Form for Equations: Polar Coordinates

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Plot points around a wheel. Pupils use an interactive tool to plot a point using polar coordinates with the aid of a wheel. Scholars use the interactive to answer five questions to finish the lesson. The resource provides background...
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Distance Between Two Polar Coordinates: Exploring Changes in Angle and Radius

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Get straight answers on a curved grid. An interactive has learners apply the Law of Cosines to find the distance between two points on the polar coordinate plane. The pupils use the radii lengths and the angle between the two radii to...
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Polar Functions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the concept of polar functions and learn how to determine the length around a function using polar coordinates. High schoolers use their Ti-calculators to determine the length of a function that looks like a five-leaved rose....
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Polar and Cartesian Coordinates

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The class has a brief review of polar and Cartesian coordinates. Then they get to play battleship and discover polar coordinates in more depth. They get a lot of practice converting from polar to Cartesian coordinate points and vice...
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Space Shuttle's Heat Shield Problem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a role-play activity to determine how to replace heat shields on the space shuttle using polar coordinates.
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Complex Numbers: Plotting and Polar Form

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the concept of, and use the Ti-Nspire to, convert complex numbers into polar form. Then practice graphing complex numbers in the polar coordinate plane.
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Worksheet 31

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this math worksheet, students investigate vectors and polar coordinates. They convert the paths of polar coordinates to Euclidian points.
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Worksheet 28 - Spring 1996

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this math worksheet, students examine the graph in polar coordinates of r = f(θ). Then they sketch a graph of the modified functions indicated.
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Worksheet 36-Spring 1996

For Teachers Higher Ed
In this math worksheet, students sketch the regions that give rise to three integrals. They find the volume of a solid in the first octant bounded by a defined cylinder and a parabaloid. Students change a function to polar coordinates....
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Worksheet 38-Spring 1996

For Teachers Higher Ed
In this math worksheet, students determine if the definite integral of given functions exist. They use a Taylor polynomial to approximate given values. Students express the arc length of a graph on a polar coordinate system as an integral.
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Visualizing Vectors

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Investigate vectors in standard positions and use the CellSheet application on the TI calculator to find the sum of two vectors. Convert from polar to rectangular coordinates and vice versa, and show graphs of the vectors.
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Direction on the Earth: Using a Compass

For Students 6th - 8th
Navigate the world of orienteering in an informative interactive. Earth science scholars learn practical direction skills, such as proper polar coordinates and pairing compasses with maps. The interactive map allows them to practice...
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A Second View of Polar Coordinates

For Teachers Higher Ed
In this polar coordinates worksheets, students change ordered pairs from rectangular form to polar form. They plot and label points and identify alternative coordinate pairs for given points. There are approximately 20 problems on this...
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Math Handbook: Trigonometry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
You'll be spinning in unit circles once you read through this jumbo-sized resource of everything you need to know about trigonometry. Each page has color-coded examples with explicit directions that detail the problems and formulas. 
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Ellipses and Kepler's First Law

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The class examines graphs in the form r = F(¿¿) in polar coordinates (r, ¿¿), in particular with the circle, ellipse and other conic sections. They determine the nature of an ellipse by studying the role of the semimajor axis and...
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Trigonometric Form of Complex Numbers

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
This lesson is written from the perspective of a student teacher. A step by step lesson in which the class works on the trigonometric form of complex numbers. They convert between trigonometric and complex forms. They will also practice...

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