18.01SC | Fall 2010 | Undergraduate

Single Variable Calculus

Part C: Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates

Session 82: Polar Coordinates

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Like Cartesian coordinates, polar coordinates are used to identify the locations of points in the plane. The polar coordinate system will be useful for many problems you encounter at MIT, such as those involving circular motion or radial forces.

Lecture Video and Notes

Video Excerpts

Clip 1: Introduction to Polar Coordinates

Clip 2: Simple Examples in Polar Coordinates

Clip 3: Translating y = 1 into Polar Coordinates

Clip 4: Equation of an Off-Center Circle

Recitation Video

Converting From Polar to Rectangular Coordinates

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