# Homework Help: Finding a function in x,y from function in polar coordinates

1. Feb 24, 2009

### sara_87

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
v is in polar coordinates and i want to fin u(x,y) knowing that v(r,theta)=u(rcos(theta),rsin(theta))
therefore, u(x,y)=v(sqrt(x^2+y^2), arctan(y/x))
v(r,theta) = 9+18cos(2(theta))-9sin(4(theta))
question: what is u(x,y)?
2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

u(x,y)=9+18cos(2arctan(y/x))-9sin(4arctan(y/x))

Is this correct and can i simplify this more?
Thank you.

2. Feb 24, 2009

### Tom Mattson

Staff Emeritus
Re: simplify

It's correct, but you can simplify a lot more. I would use double-angle formulas to express $\sin(4\theta)$ and $\cos(2\theta)$ in terms of $\sin(\theta)$ and $\cos(\theta)$. Then I could substitute $\theta=\tan^{-1}(y/x)$ and work the resulting expressions into algebraic expressions.