1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Finding the Asymptotes of a Hyperbola

  1. Dec 5, 2013 #1
    Given a hyperbola of the form:


    what are the polar equations for the asymptotes?
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2013
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 5, 2013 #2
    Oddly, plotting this with a computer will result in the asymptotes being plotted as well.
  4. Dec 9, 2013 #3
    You can always change it into cartesian coordinates but the work can be tedious. I have not done conics in polar plane in a long time, but I can add snapshots of of a book on how to do so If you would like.
  5. Dec 9, 2013 #4


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    An asymptote is going to necessarily have r going to infinity, so the denominator has to be going to zero.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook