8 polar coordinates
In This Chapter
The sliced view of a nautilus shell shows an approximation to a curve called a logarithmic spiral. See Problem 31 in Exercises 8.2.
A Bit of History The rectangular or Cartesian coordinate system is one of many different coordinate systems that have been developed over the years to serve different purposes. In mathematical applications a problem that is intractable in rectangular coordinates may become tractable in a different coordinate system. In this chapter our primary study is ...