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Plotting Pythagorean triples in a polar form

  1. Dec 4, 2008 #1
    There are plenty of interesting plots that use various ways to plot the integer occurrences of a^2 + b^2 = c^2 such as making ordered pairs (a,b) and doing that for all such that a^2 + b^2 < [a really big number] and very interesting patterns are noted. My thought is plotting a polar analog. Consider the legs of a right triangle a and b, use tangent to find the angle theta that is opposite of b, then knowing the value for c (because it is a pythagorean triple) plot it in polar form (theta, radius) where theta is can be easily found and the radius is c.

    I am new to mathematica, and am trying to get it to work with little success yet. I will continue to try. I am posting it if anyone else wants to take a crack at it. Sorry for any lack of clarity in my explanation above; I am in a hurry want to post this before I leave. Thoughts, advice, criticism, all are welcome!
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  3. Dec 4, 2008 #2
    Hi, tdswenson,
    from your description it sounds like you'll get exactly the same graph as when plotting in cartesian coordinates with x=a and y=b.

    Maybe your intention is to plot again in cartesian coordinates, but with x=c and y=angle. Note that you might need to scale up Y in order to see something, as your maximum c increases.
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