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By Phil Todd
Polar Point Ellipse
The polar point of a line in an ellipse is a common point to the chords defined by the common tangents through the points on the line. Play with it and the meaning will be clear! (Go to Full Screen if the green points won't drag)

Tags: ellipse, polar

By Lawrence Liu
Point Trilateration
Use any three points and their distances from a fourth point to locate the fourth point.

Tags: Geometry, Algebra-2, Trilateration, Location, Applied-Mathematics, Circles

By Phil Todd
Polar Point Parabola
The polar point of a line in a parabola is a common point to the chords defined by the common tangents through the points on the line. (Go to Full Screen if the green points won’t drag)

Tags: polar, parabola

By Phil Todd
Moving point
We watch a point move according to a given displacement graph (which we can edit)

Tags: function, motion, displacement

By Phil Todd
parabola envelope
We use a trick to let the trace "open up" as you drag a point. The trick is this:  an initial point is given parametric location s*t, create a tangent at this point and its envelope as s varies. Now hide the original point and create another point with parameter t, and make it draggable. Dragging the new point changes the value of t and we see a trace from 0 to t.  

Tags: parabola, envelope

By Phil Todd
Projectile High Point
Press the play button to fire a projectile in the direction of the arrow. Move the arrow and try again. Notice the high points of the trajectory lie on an ellipse.  If the initial velocity of the projectile is v, and gravity is g, what is the equation of the ellipse?

Tags: projectile, parabola, ellipse, physics

By Nick Halsey
Basic Derivatives
Drag the point to see how the slope of the line relates to the x value of the point at which it’s tangent to the function. Can you figure out what the function is, based on the values of the x and y coordinates? The slope of the line can also be represented in terms of x; can you figure out what this representation is? This representation is the derivative of the entire function, not just at a single point. This is called the derivative of the function, and can be notated by, for example, the derivative of F(x) = F’(x), although there are many other notations as well.

Tags: Calculus, Derivatives, Functions

By Amanda Snodgrass
Sinusoidal Tangent Mirrors
Look at a point on a sinusoidal curve (y=sin(x)) with a tangent line. Then, look at a point on the negative of your sinusoidal curve (y=-sin(x)) that is a mirror image of your first point. Then, notice that these mirror image points have mirror image tangent lines.


By Aidan Wenzel
Sliding Ladder Problem
One of the first calculus class problems is the sliding ladder. In this problem, a ladder is resting against a wall when, all of a sudden, it starts sliding down! In this problem you're solving for dx/dt or the rate at which the point B is moving away from the wall (point C). Input constraints: -The rate of slide must be negative for the ladder to slide down -The initial height of the ladder must be less than the ladders length

Tags: Ladder, Calculus, Derivatives, Pythagorean-Theorem

By Phil Todd
Parabola Polar Line
The locus of the intersection of tangents at the ends of chords of a parabola through a given fixed point is a straight line. This is called the polar line of the given point

Tags: parabola, polar

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