David Little  
Mathematics Department Penn State University Eberly College of Science University Park, PA 16802 
Office: 403 McAllister Phone: (814) 8653329 Fax: (814) 8653735 email:dlittle@psu.edu 



The Length of a Parametric Curve
The following applet approximates the length of the parametric curve defined by x=x(t) and y=y(t) for a ≤ t ≤ b. Simply enter the functions x(t) and y=y(t) and the values a, b (in radians) and 0 ≤ n ≤ 1,000, the number of subintervals. You may change the values a and b by manually inputing a new value. You may also change these values by dragging the corresponding point around the origin. To move the graph, simply drag any point to a new location. To label the xaxis in radians (i.e. multiples of pi), click on the graph and press "controlr". To switch back, simply press "controlr" again. Here is a list of functions that can be used with this applet.
© 2005 David P. Little Download this applet for offline viewing (includes source code). The above applet uses the Java Math Expression Parser (JEP) developed by Singular Systems 