# Motion in Polar Coordinates problem

Been looking over past exam questions and came across this one. Its in polar coordinates:

A particle P describes the curve r=be^[Zcot(a)].

Show that the velocity and acceleration vectors have angles a and 2a with OP (O is the origin).

Z is actually theta, the angle the position vector makes with the x axis. Its derivative to time is w, a constant here. B and a are constants.

I'm stumped!!!!

I work out v as: bcot(a)we^(Zcot(a)).[e_1] + bwe^('').[e_2]

Even with them worked out I am stumped as to show that^^^^

Any pointers???

Cheers guys!!!

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alphysicist
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Hi Master J,

Been looking over past exam questions and came across this one. Its in polar coordinates:

A particle P describes the curve r=be^[Zcot(a)].

Show that the velocity and acceleration vectors have angles a and 2a with OP (O is the origin).

Z is actually theta, the angle the position vector makes with the x axis. Its derivative to time is w, a constant here. B and a are constants.

I'm stumped!!!!

I work out v as: bcot(a)we^(Zcot(a)).[e_1] + bwe^('').[e_2]
I would suggest first simplifying this expression for v, using the expression for r given in the problem. Then, since they ask for the angle between two vectors, that suggests using the dot product (since one definition of the dot product explicitly includes the angle between the vectors). Do you get the answer?

SOlved! Thanks for the help.

alphysicist
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