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Converting Spherical Equations to Cylindrical and Rectangular

  1. Oct 20, 2004 #1

    (Note: p=rho and o=phi)
    Convert p(1-2cos^2(o))=-psin^2(o) into cylindrical and rectangular coordinates and describe or sketch the surface.

    The part that I don't know how to do is converting the spherical equation into cylindrical or rectangular coordinates. I know all the equations like x=psin(o)cos(theta) and y=psin(o)sin(theta) but I don't see how I can manipulate the given equation so that I could use those equations. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. Oct 20, 2004 #2


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    You posted in the Calculus section as well. See response there. (just an FYI Cross posting is generally frowned upon...don't want someone to yell at you).
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