## Famous Curves Index

I found this nice website while looking around the website of a community college in Maine. The Famous Curves Index (published by a school of mathematics in Scotland) has 63 famous curves complete with equations, graphs (like this nice one of Fermat’s Spiral below), a short history of the curve, and a link to interactive Java code for manipulating the curve. This one is the interactive Java code for a Hypocycloid (given by a parametric equation)… very nice! What a great resource for Precalculus and Calculus classes. I will have to pull up some of these curves next week when we talk about implicit differentiation. If you’re teaching parametric equations or polar equations, this site would be great! I didn’t have any trouble getting the Java applets to work. Kudos to the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland for a great collection of curves! Possibly Related Posts: Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College Algebra Group Exploration in Math Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Abandoning Ship on Wolfram...

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