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 Polar Curve
The following applet approximates the length of the curve r=r(t) in Polar Coordinates for a ≤ t ≤ b. Simply enter the function r(t) and the values a, b (in radians) and 0 ≤ n ≤ 1,000, the number of subintervals. To draw a graph of the curve r=ƒ(t), let n=0. The values a and b can be changed by simply typing a new value, such as "1.2345", "pi/2", "sqrt(5)+cos(3)", etc. You may also change these values by using the up/down arrow keys or dragging the corresponding point left or right. To move the center of 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.
Use the above applet to approximate:
© 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 