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Downloadable simulation: Quadratic practice (Mathematica)

August 23, 2010 by

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Downloadable simulation that lets you get a feel for how a second degree polynomial (aka, quadratic) changes shape when you fiddle with its coefficients. Adjust the coefficients of the parabola to hit all of the dots. Then, click the button to get a new set of dots. Good for constant acceleration problems, since distance vs. time is a quadratic for this situation.

Downloadable simulation: Spinning out sine and cosine (Mathematica)

August 23, 2010 by

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Downloadable simulation of how the sine and cosine functions are made from rotation through a circle. Get a feel for how trig functions relate to coordinates and lengths. Imagine a point that starts at and rotates counterclockwise on the unit circle. If is the length (in radians) of the arc on the circle between and the point, then as the point moves around the circle its and coordinates are the cosine and sine of .