Questions on polar coordinates, a coordinate system where points are represented by their distance from the origin ($r$) and the angle the line joining the point and the origin makes with the positive horizontal axis ($\theta$).

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smooth in polar but not in rectangular

Can anyone please give an example or two of functions on $\mathbb{R}^2$ which are smooth in the polar coordinates $(r,\theta)$ but not smooth in the Cartesian coordinates $(x,y)$? Thank you!
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Question about polar coordinates

I'm just learning about polar coordinates now, and I understand the basics pretty well, but I get confused at a particular part. I understand the following relations: $x = r\cos(\theta)$ $y = ...
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Polar Equation Conversion

Change the polar equation $\theta=\frac{\pi}{3}$ to rectangular coordinates. How would I go about this question? I've tried $x=r\cos\theta$ and $y=r\sin\theta$, but I can't figure out $r$ since ...
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Regions formed by polar coordinates in double integration.

I need to sketch the region of integration of the following double integral in the $xy$ plane: $$\int_0^{\pi/2}\int_0^{1/\cos\theta} f(r,\theta) \ dr \ d\theta,$$ where $f(r,\theta)= ...
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Jacobian for a Cartesian to Polar-Coordinate Transformation

I have a simple doubt about the Jacobian and substitutions of the variables in the integral. suppose I have substituted $x=r \cos\theta$ and $y=r \sin\theta$ in an integral to go from cartesian to ...
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Polar coordinates: fixing ratio between arc and radius

When drawing a coordinate system with fixed step size, the standard polar coordinates $$ x=r\cos(\theta), y=r\sin(\theta) $$ exhibits stretched pixels for large $r$. Ignoring the singularity in ...
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How to plot a stream function

This question relates to fluid mechanics and I have the components in polar coordinates. The components of the velocity field are; $$v_r= \frac{-kr}{z}$$ $$v_z= kz$$ $$v_\theta= 0$$ and I have ...
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Changing operator to polar coordinates

Let $$\Delta=\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}$$ be the Laplace operator on the $(x,y)$-plane. Consider the polar coordinates with $x=r\cos\theta$ and $y=r\sin\theta$. ...
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Velocity and acceleration of a particle in polar coordinates

I am asked to find the radial and transverse velocity and acceleration for a particle with polar coordinates $r=e^t$ and $\theta=t$ Therefore let $\underline{r}=\underline{\hat{r}}e^t$ and ...
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Path of an ellipse

A path is described by the position vector $\mathbf{r}$: $$\mathbf{r}=a\cos(\omega t)\mathbf{\hat{i}}+b\sin{\omega t}\mathbf{\hat{j}}$$ I am asked to show that the path is the ellipse in the form of: ...
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Rotation of 2D polar graph in a 3D space along some fixed axis?

Does there exist some systematic way of rotating a 2-D polar graph $r=f(\theta)$ around some axis in a 3D space? For example: $f(\theta)=cos(\theta)$ in 2-D looks like: If we want to rotate the ...
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Sketch $r=\cos(5 \theta)$? $r$ as a function of $\theta$ in cartesian coordinates

I think I have to plug in numbers into $\theta$ such as 0 and $\pi/6$. What kind of numbers should I plug in ? Sketch $r=\cos(5 \theta)$? $r$ as a function of $\theta$ in cartesian coordinates
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Heuristic approach to winding number

I'm working on problem 8.23 of Rudin's PMA, that is: Let $\gamma:[a,b]\to\mathbb C$ be a closed curve, $\gamma \in C^1([a,b])$ and $\gamma(t) \neq 0 \ \forall t\in [a,b]$. Show that $$\text ...
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Finding the centroid of a polar curve

I have absolutely no idea how to find the area centroid of this problem. I have been working at this one for ages but can't seem to get anywhere. Any first steps? How would one go about solving ...
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Can someone check my answer for this area between 2 polar curves question?

Find the area of the region that lies inside the circle $r = 1$ and outside the cardioid $r = 1-cos(\theta)$ I drew the graph and set it up like this: $$ \int_0^\pi \frac{1}{2} [ (1)^2 - ...
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Correct way to write the polar form of a complex number

What is the most correct way to write the polar form of a complex number? For example, given the complex number: $\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2} + \dfrac{1}{2}i$ I would write the polar form as follows: ...
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Polar Coordinates for Multivariate Limits With Three Variables

When working on limits with two variables, $f(x,y)$, I like to convert the problem to polar coordinates a lot of the time, by changing the question from $$\displaystyle\lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)}f(x,y)$$ to ...
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Representation of differentials in Polar Coordinates

We define polar coordinates in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$\ $\{ 0\}$ by $x=ry$, where $r=|x|>0$ and $y \in \partial B(0,1)$ is a point on the unit sphere. In the coordinates, Lebesgue measure has the ...
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what are the possible solutions to this equation?

I'm trying to find some angles for my characteristic equation , I need to know the roots or possible answers to cosine equation $$1-\cos(u)\cdot\cosh(w)=0,$$ and $$u=\sqrt{\lambda_1}\cdot L.$$ ...
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Polar equation of perimeter of half ellipse

x = Cx + a * cos(ang); y = Cy + b * sin(ang); Cx, Cy are cords of center. ...
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Conversion to polar equation

I would to know when asked to convert an equation to polar what it means.For example $ x^2+x+y^2-2y=0 $ My understanding so far tells me I need to derive an equation in form of: $$ r^2=x^2+y^2$$ ...
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Image of a closed curve under $w=z^2$.

I have the curve: $$r=2(1+ \cos \theta), \ \theta \in [0,2\pi)$$ in polar coordinates on the complex $z$ plane, and I want to find the image of this curve under the square function $w=f(z)=z^2$. ...
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Hyperbola in polar coordinates, what's wrong?

I read that the equation of a conic in polar coordinates is $$r=\frac{l}{1+e\cos \theta}.$$ But when I try to reduce the hyperbola $$x^2 - y^2 =1$$ to that form by setting $x=r\cos \theta $, $y=r ...
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Pushforward of a vector field

Can someone help me with that ? We define $\phi:=(\phi^1,\phi^2):\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^2\to\phi(\Omega)$ with $\Omega$ such that $\phi$ is a diffeomorphism by ...
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Evaluating the area in the polar coordinates

So the problem asked me to find the area of the region that lies inside both of the circles $$r=2sin\theta, \quad r=sin\theta +cos\theta $$ I know that $r=2sin\theta$ is $x^2+(y-1)^2=1,$but ...
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change of variables while integrating

Suppose I have an integral that looks like: $$I=\int_{r=0}^\infty\int_{\omega_1=-\infty}^\infty\int_{\omega_2=-\infty}^\infty ...
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How to use $dz=d[r(t)(\cos t + i\sin t)]$ as a change of coordinates?

This notation comes in handy for some path integrals, but I don't know yet how this is calculated. Is it simply a change of coordinates? Is this correct: $$z=r(t)(\cos t+i\sin t) \quad ...
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Equation of circular sine waves in the water

I have to write the equation of a sine wave expanding circularly from a point $P_0=(x_0,y_0)$. The wave has the form $\eta(\rho)=A\sin(\omega\rho)$ where $\rho$ is the distance from the point $P_0$. ...
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need help finding the coordinates of AB

Find AB if the coordinate of A is -5 and the coordinate of B is 17. i have been out of school for over 20 years and have little to no memory of this process. i examined my daughter's book and there is ...
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Software for drawing two-variable functions in polar coordinates

I am in difficulty of finding a software for drawing two-variable functions in polar coordinates. Could someone introduce useful software for me? Thanks in advance. For example $$ f(r, ...
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Obtain polar form of a line from two points

I need to work with the lines in polar form, but i only have two points in cartesian form for each line. I tried this: From the points, i got the slope-intercept form: $$y = mx + b$$From this url: ...
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Geometry finding area problem

A regular 2N -sided polygon of perimeter L has its vertices lying on a circle. Find the radius of the circle and the area of the polygon.
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Changing coordinate system with non standard definitions

The standard coordinate transformation to polar coordinates is $$ \begin{cases} x=r\cos(\varphi)\\ y=r\sin(\varphi) \end{cases} $$ with $r\in[0,\infty), \ \varphi\in[0,2\pi)$ The question is whether I ...
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Double integrals transforming into Polars

This is my first post here. I'm reading about double integrals and can't catch how to get the new limits of integration when converting to polar form. $$\left(\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Polar to rectangular $r = 7$

I don't follow this at all. I have $r = 7$ and the formula states $x = r \cos\theta$ $y = r\sin\theta$ but my book gives $x^2 + y^2 = 49$ this is impossible. It doens't follow the formula at all. ...
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Polar curve $r = 2\cos \theta -1$

$$r = 2\cos \theta -1$$ I am suppose to find the polar curve of the inner loop. Here is its graph, courtesy of Wolfram|Alpha, I am having trouble working out this polar function on a cartesian ...
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Defining a spiral in polar coordinates

I'm trying to find a general form for a spiral that fits the following criteria: the inner radius is $N$, and for any point $q$ on the spiral, the arc length from the start of the spiral to $q$ is ...
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Find the image of a ring

I'm working on the following problem: Find the image of the ring defined by $4 \lt x^2 + y^2 \lt 16 $ under the mapping $$F(x,y) = \left(\frac{x}{x^2+y^2} , \frac{y}{x^2+y^2}\right)$$ It looks to ...
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Plotting an angle on a graph

So I know, my origin "(0,0)", my angle "theta" degrees, and the distance from the origin, "d" Now I think I can work this out with polar coordinates, but really have no idea how to go about it. My ...
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How do I define the limits of a double integral in polar coordinates over an annulus?

Evaluate the double integral by re-writing them in polar coordinates: $\displaystyle\iint\limits_{R}\frac{y^2}{x^2}\ dA$, where $R$ is part of the annulus (ring) $9\leq x^2+y^2\leq 25$ lying ...
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What's the name of each pseudo-rectangle in a spherical surface?

Consider the common surface of a spherical segment crossed with a spherical wedge. This produces a pseudo-rectangle in the sphere surface, and a perfect rectangle in a mercator projection. What's the ...
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How to integrate over polar coordinates

Evaluate the following double integral by rewriting it in polar coordinates: $\displaystyle\iint\limits_Dxy\,dA$, where $D$ is the disc with center at the origin and radius 5 I have very little ...
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Test for symmetry for polar graphs

From a calculus book I'm reading: "Unlike the graphs of an equation in $x$ and $y$, the graph of an equation $r=f(\theta)$ can be symmetric with respect to the polar axis, the line $\theta = \pi/2$, ...
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Square root of complex number in polar or rectangular form

I am trying to find how to simplify: $$\sqrt{\frac{A+jb}{C+jd}}$$ My calculator errors out, giving a math error, and I don't know how else to solve this.
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Need a hint on what's wrong - polar coordinates

I'm asked to solve the following $$ \int^2_0 \int^\sqrt{4-y²}_0 \sqrt{4-x^2-y^2} dxdy $$ I thought about using polar coordinates: (1) $0 \le x \le \sqrt{4-y^2}$ is the upper half of a circumference ...
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How to verify a conversion to spherical coordinates?

Is it possible to verify if a conversion of an integral in Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates was done correctly other than revising it looking for mistakes? I mean, is there some kind of ...
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How to find the number of intersection for $ \rho =\frac{\theta} {2\pi+1} $ and $\rho =\frac {1} {2-\cos\theta} $

How to Find the number of intersection for curve $ \rho =\frac{\theta} {2\pi+1} $ and curve $\rho =\frac {1} {2-\cos\theta} $ .
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Kepler's First Law in 3D

Kepler's First Law in 2D polar is $$ r = \frac{p}{1 + \varepsilon\cos(\nu)}. $$ How can this be written to consider ellipses in ...
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Polar Integration over intersection of two circles

Let $C_0$ denote a circle centered at $(0,0)$ with a radius of $r_0$ and let $C_1$ denote a circle of radius $r_1$ centered at a point $(x_1,0)$. Assume that we are given some function, $\phi(r)$ ...
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From cartesian to polar, on a 'wavy' sphere surface

For a hobby project I'm trying to transform a wavy halfsphere surface into smaller segments. For this I need to be able to go from cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates. One of the formulas for ...