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Conversion of polar equation to rectangular equation

  1. May 31, 2009 #1
    r= (15)/(3-2cos(theta))

    I'm lost!!
    Please Help!!
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  3. May 31, 2009 #2
    in polar coordinates r=(x^2+y^2)^1/2 and also x=rcosQ ,y=rsinQ so putting these in above equation and cosQ=x/r we get( x^2+y^2)^1/2=15/(3-2*x/( x^2+y^2)^1/2) now this can be solved
  4. May 31, 2009 #3
    In case Vandanak's brilliant solution is hard to read, I've formatted his statements in TeX

    [tex] r = \frac{15}{3-2cos(\theta)} [/tex]

    [tex] r = \sqrt{x^2+y^2} [/tex]

    [tex] x = rcos(\theta) [/tex]

    [tex] y = rsin(\theta) [/tex]

    [tex]\sqrt{x^2+y^2} = \frac{15}{3-2(\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}})} [/tex]
  5. Jun 1, 2009 #4


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    If I did this correctly, you should end up with:

    Thus, the solution is a closed curve.
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