Part II: Vector Calculus

Lecture 3: Polar Coordinates

Video Description: Herb Gross defines and demonstrates the use of polar coordinates. He describes the non-uniqueness of polar coordinates and how to calculate the slope of a curve, which depends on the angle the curve makes with the radius vector. Finally, he computes the area (in terms of polar coordinates) of the region between two rays.

Instructor/speaker: Prof. Herbert Gross

Study Guide

Study Guide for Lecture 3: Polar Coordinates

  • Chalkboard Photos, Reading Assignments, and Exercises (PDF)
  • Solutions (PDF - 2.6MB)

To complete the reading assignments, see the Supplementary Notes in the Study Materials section.

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