Representing a Cardioid

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In summary, the cardioid r=a(1+cos(theta)) can be represented by r=2acos2(theta/2), 0<=theta<=2pi (theta is between 0 and 2pi), by equating the two expressions and using trigonometric identities to simplify the equation. Converting both expressions to Cartesian form may also be helpful in showing that they have the same equation. Any guidance or assistance with this problem would be appreciated.
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Homework Statement

Show that the cardioid r=a(1+cos(theta)) can be represented by r=2acos2(theta/2), 0<=theta<=2pi (theta is between 0 and 2pi).

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I'm pretty sure I have to equate the two expressions, but I haven't been able to do this. Then I thought of converting both of them to cartesian form (and seeing if they have the same equation) but that's turning into a bit of a mess. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
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Those are trig functions. There are lots of identities involving trig functions. One of them might be helpful.

1. What is a cardioid?

A cardioid is a geometric shape that resembles a heart. It is a type of curve known as an epitrochoid, and is often used in mathematics and engineering.

2. How is a cardioid represented mathematically?

A cardioid can be represented mathematically using the following equation: r = a(1 + cosθ), where r is the distance from the center of the curve, a is the radius of the circle, and θ is the angle measured from the center of the circle.

3. What are some real-life applications of a cardioid?

Cardioids have many practical applications, such as in antenna design, sound engineering, and radar technology. They are also commonly seen in the design of heart-shaped objects, such as jewelry and decorations.

4. How is a cardioid different from a circle?

A circle is a symmetrical shape that has the same distance from any point on its circumference to its center. In contrast, a cardioid is a non-symmetrical shape that has a pointed cusp and only one side of the curve extends to infinity.

5. Can a cardioid be rotated or translated?

Yes, a cardioid can be rotated and translated just like any other geometric shape. However, its overall shape and characteristics will remain the same regardless of its orientation or position.

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