Unit 8: Parametric Equations

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Essential Questions: 
  • What are alternate forms of functions?
  • How is it possible to rewrite a non-function (such as a circle) as a function (or set of functions)?
  • In what ways can we write and use functions that are dependent on another variable, such as time?
Content: 
  • Definition of parametric equations
  • Applications of parametric equations
  • Eliminating the parameter to write as an x-y equation, paying attention to restrictions on the domain.
Skills and Processes: 
  • Plotting parametric curves given a table of data.
  • Plotting parametric curves (domain and direction necessary) from the equations.
  •  Using the calculator to plot and solve problems with parametric equations