# Ellipse and Kepler's Law in Polar Coordinates

by Septim
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 P: 121 Greetings everyone, I am having difficulties grasping the polar form of the ellipse equation, and there seems to be more than one way to express an ellipse in this form, if I am not mistaken. For example on the following webpage http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teachin...s/node155.html the ellipse is represented in a different way than I am accustomed. How can I convert this into other forms? Thanks
 Homework Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 9,863 One option with the equation for an ellipse is whether to set the origin at a focus or at the centre. The link you provided gives the polar equation with a focus as origin. Do you have another link for contrast?
 P: 121 I do not have at the moment, I remember coming across one a year ago in a text I read. Do you have any site that I can learn conics and their equations in polar coordinates ?
 Homework Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 9,863 Ellipse and Kepler's Law in Polar Coordinates Consider a string length 2L with endpoints fixed at (-A, 0), (+A, 0) (X-Y co-ords). With polar co-ordinates at the same origin, I get r2(L2-A2.cos2(θ)) = L2(L2-A2) Does that look familiar? Converting back to X-Y: (x2+y2)L2 - x2.A2 = L2(L2-A2) or x2/L2 + y2/(L2-A2) = 1 Which does indeed appear to be an ellipse centred at the origin.

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