EMAT 6680 Assignment 11
Polar Equations

Last modified on September 10, 2012

Graphing Calculator 3.5 or 4.0 is suggested for these investigations. Some of them could be done with a TI-83 or similar hand-held technology.


1. Investigate



for various k. What if . . . cos( ) is replaced with sin( )?

2. Investigate -- varying a, b, c, and k.


Note: The parameter k is called the "eccentricity" of these conics. It is usually called "e" but for many software programs e is a constant and can not be set as a variable.

For notes on a derivation of these formulas, click here.

4. Investigate

5. Some interesting graphs --

when a is small, e.g. a = .1

for suitable a and range of


Replace the '10' with n and animate for some appropriate range.


(Note: some of these graphs may become more interesting -- or disasters -- when is replaced by some function of .)


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