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Derivatives in Polar Coordintes

This applet was designed to serve as a "check", so to speak, for you when finding the derivative, dy/dx, of a polar function at a certain point (t, r(t)). Note: To move the tangent line along the function's graph, simply drag the t-slider provided in the upper left hand corner. Another Note: When inputting t values expressed in terms of pi, simply type "pi" for pi. For example, to input 2pi/3, type "2pi/3". The fraction textbox will display your result. (The highest t-value you can input is 2pi.) One more thing: The fraction text (containing the pi factor) is only accurate if you use the input box to input a value written as a "ratio*pi". Otherwise, this value is approximate (just like the displayed decimal approximation.)