Session 82: Polar Coordinates

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Overview

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

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» Clip 1: Introduction to Polar Coordinates (00:07:00)

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From Lecture 32 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 2: Simple Examples in Polar Coordinates (00:06:00)

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From Lecture 32 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 3: Translating y = 1 into Polar Coordinates (00:04:00)

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From Lecture 32 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 4: Equation of an Off-Center Circle (00:05:00)

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From Lecture 32 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

Recitation Video

 

Converting From Polar to Rectangular Coordinates

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