Monday, September 7, 2009

Parametric Explorer

If you've been following my twitter stream the past few days, you may have noticed that I've been mentioning (and shamefully linking to) a webpage I've been working on to explore parametric curves. Today I decided to make another round of improvements and it was going well, so I thought I'd share here as well. I like to think it is something that calculus teachers might find useful.

Anyway, the page is sort of introduced on my personal website, and the actual "play around with this" page is here. I've only gotten it to work in Firefox 3.5 and Google Chrome. That's enough for me to play with it, so I don't intend to do much more in terms of browser compatibility work on it.

The idea is that your mouse coordinates describe a parametric curve as you move around the screen. The webpage then also graphs the individual curves $x(t)$ and $y(t)$.

There's certainly room for improvement, but I'm happy enough with it as it is to not worry about it for now.

2 comments:

Kate Nowak said...

I've never seen anything like this! Neat.

sumidiot said...

Thanks!

I hadn't seen anything like it either, or I maybe wouldn't have had to build my own :)