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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
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  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


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    An asymptote is going to necessarily have r going to infinity, so the denominator has to be going to zero.
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