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Activity: Cartesian Graphs and Polar Graphs
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Students compare rectangular graphs and polar graphs for functions of the form y = a sin(bx) and r = a sin(b?). Students analyze how the period and amplitude of a Cartesian graph correlate to features of the corresponding polar graph. The link to the activity itself is to a zip file that contains both the activity in pdf format and the corresponding sketch.

This is a free sample activity from Exploring Precalculus with the Geometer's Sketchpad.

Technology Type: Sketchpad 
Authors: Key Curriculum Press/Daniel Scher
Scott Steketee
Paul Kunkel
Irina Lyublinskaya
Language: English 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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Activity: Exploring Precalculus with The Geometer's Sketchpad
Tool: Cartesian Graphs and Polar Graphs
Courses: Trigonometry Polar Coordinates, Graphing Equations