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Converting A Polar Equation to Rectangular Form

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Homework Statement


Convert the polar equation to rectangular form.

r=2sin(3θ)


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The Attempt at a Solution



I can expand this out to

[tex]r=2(\sin\theta\cos2\theta+\cos\theta\sin2\theta)[/tex]

multiply both sides by r

[tex]r^2=2r(\sin\theta\cos2\theta+2r\cos\theta\sin2\theta)[/tex]

simplify


[tex]r^2=2y\cos2\theta+2x\sin2\theta)[/tex]

Then I could expand the 2θ and get

[tex]r^2=2y\cos^2\theta-2y\sin^2\theta+4x\sin\theta\cos\theta[/tex]

I'm not sure where to go from here.

Plugging it into [tex]x^2+y^2=r^2[/tex] from here dosen't seam to help.

The answer is supposed to be: [tex](x^2+y^2)^2=6x^2y-2y^3[/tex]
 

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  • #2
eumyang
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The Attempt at a Solution



I can expand this out to

[tex]r=2(\sin\theta\cos2\theta+\cos\theta\sin2\theta)[/tex]
From here I would go ahead and distribute the 2, and then use the double-angle identities. For cosine, use the cos 2θ = cos2 θ - sin2 θ variant, like you did later on.

After simplifying (you'll be able to combine like terms along the way), multiply both sides by [tex]r^3[/tex] instead of [tex]r[/tex], so that each trig function on the right side can be "paired" with an r. You will eventually be able to get to the answer you posted.


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  • #3
ehild
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Use the expressions x=r cosθ, y=r sinθ.

ehild
 
  • #4
From here I would go ahead and distribute the 2, and then use the double-angle identities. For cosine, use the cos 2θ = cos2 θ - sin2 θ variant, like you did later on.

After simplifying (you'll be able to combine like terms along the way), multiply both sides by [tex]r^3[/tex] instead of [tex]r[/tex], so that each trig function on the right side can be "paired" with an r. You will eventually be able to get to the answer you posted.


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Ahhh.. yes.

Thank you, that was a big help.

Cant believe I didn't see that before.
 

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