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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Polar representation of conic sections $r(\theta)=\frac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$

Consider a curve given in polar coordinates by $r(\theta) = \dfrac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$, where $e\ge0$. a) Show that the distance of each point on this curve to the line $x=\frac1e$ is a constant ...
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Area under a curve with polar coordinates. Seems to be too simple?

Curve is given by equation: $$r^2 = 2a^2|\cos \phi|$$ I would like to use the formula: $$A = \frac{1}{2}\int_a^b (f(\phi))^2 \, d\phi$$ So, since equation is already squared, i can put the right ...
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What distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates?

I am trying to identify what characteristic distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates. For concreteness, let's write down the expressions. Polar: $$ x=r \cos(t) \\ y=r \sin(t) $$ ...
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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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Wrong answer within 'Calculus Solution Manual, Michael Spivak, 3rd ed'

I have a problem with the answer provided in the solution manual of Calculus, Michael Spivak, 3rd ed, The Problem: Consider a hyperbola, where the difference of the distance between the two foci is ...
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Integration of figure whose base is a quarter circle not centered at origin using polar coordinates

How do I integrate $$ \int_{1}^{2}\int_0^{\sqrt{2x-x^{2}}}\frac{1}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}}dydx $$ using polar coordinates? The base is a quarter circle of radius 1 centered at (1,0), so my first instinct ...
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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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Pure differential equation whose solution is a siluroid?

I am trying to find a differential equation for the siluroid that DOES NOT contain explicitly $\theta$, $\sin\theta$, or $\cos\theta$, but only $\rho$, $\dot\rho$, $\ddot\rho$. The siluroid equation ...
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Parametrization of square to calculate Dot-product in line-integrals and area-integrals, electric field from $\frac{dB}{dt}$?

I am calculating 3A of Tfy-0.1064 in Aalto University. I realized here that I am misunderstanding something in vector calculus: the thing market in green particularly. I know $$\nabla\times E= ...
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Drum membrane wave equation general solution (non-symmetrical)

I think I am stuck in solving this problem. It involves a wave equation in a circular membrane, so polar coordinates must be used: $u_{tt}=c²(u_{rr}+{1\over r}u_r+{1\over r²}u_{\theta\theta})$, ...
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Explain Triangle perimeter in polar coordinates

The question is to give a formula in $x$ and $y$ that gives all three sides of an equilateral triangle. The formula should not be true for points that are not part of the perimeter of the triangle. ...
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Shifting to polar coordinates

Let $\mathbf{r}:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2,\ a,b\in\mathbb{R}, a<b$, be a $C^{\infty}([a,b])$ application (smooth). Is it true that we can always find two functions $r,\varphi :[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}$, $r\in ...
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Why is the problem in polar coordinates in that form ?

We have the initial and boundary value problem $$u_{xx}(x,y)+u_{yy}(x,y)=0 , x^2+y^2<1 \\ u(x,y)=0 \\ u(1, \theta)=\sin{\theta}, 0< \theta< \pi$$ $$U_{\rho \rho}(\rho, \theta)+ ...
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Derivative matrix in polar coordinates

Considering a vector field in two dimensions, $\vec V(x,y)$, I know that the derivative matrix (Jacobian matrix) is given by: $\nabla \vec V(x,y) = \begin {bmatrix} \partial V_x/\partial x ...
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Missing equation in coordinate system transformation?

I want to transform a differential equation from polar coordinates $(r,\theta)$ to the following $(u, v, \phi)$ coordinate system: $$ u = r \cos(\theta - \phi) \\ v = r \sin(\theta - \phi) \\ \phi = ...
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Find the arc length of the curve $r=a \cdot \tanh( \frac{\varphi}{4} )$.

How can I find the length of the loop in polar coordinates: $$r=a \cdot \tanh( \frac{\varphi}{4} ) $$ $$0 \leq \varphi \leq \varphi_{0} $$ Use the formula: $$L =\displaystyle\int \sqrt {r^2 + ...
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Complex integral over sphere in polar coordinates

I have trouble evaluating the integral: $$\int_{B(0,\frac{3R}{|h|})} \frac{1}{(r e^{2i a}-e^{i a})}dr da$$ In fact I just need to estimate it from above in terms of $|h|log (\frac{1}{|h|})$, where ...
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Definite Integral of $\sqrt{(x^2+y^2)^k+B}$

I'm trying to evaluate the integral $$ \int_{-1}^1 \sqrt{(x^2+y^2)^k+B} \, \mathrm{d}y $$ WolframAlpha doesn't return a response even for simplified versions of this, but I believe it can be ...
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Question about rewriting polar to rectangluar coordinates

I'm asked to rewrite the function $$ f(\alpha,r) = \left\{\begin{aligned} &\frac{1}{2}\sin(2\alpha) &&: r\not=0 \\ &0 &&: r=0 \end{aligned} \right.$$ to rectangluar ...
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Approximate Laplace Operator with Central Difference in Polar Coordinates

I'm trying to approximate the Laplace operator in polar coordinates with the central difference quotient and I know how to do this in cartesian coordinates, but with polar coordinates I just feel ...
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Complex polar co-ordinates

We know that rectangular co-ordinates $(x, y)$ can be written as a complex number $re^{i\theta}$ where $r = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2}$ and $\theta = \tan^{-1} \big(\frac{y}{x}\big)$ and $r,\theta \in ...
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What is a complex number that can't be written in polar form?

What is the cartesian form of a complex number that can't be written in polar form? Why can't it be written in polar form?
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What function has a 3D graph that will look like a spiral into a singularity?

I am trying to draw text spiraling into a black hole, from a more interesting slightly off-orthogonal viewpoint. I think a function that defines a black hole/singularity surface might look something ...
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Convert geodetic coordinates to cartesian coordinates

I am working on some simulation software that will represent a number of entities in a defined geographic area in the world. The part of the software that I am currently working on is to implement ...
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Find arc centerpoint(x,y) with start(x,y) and end(x,y) in a conical helix

Im trying to script drawing of a conical helix in 3D software, and are stuck at the last arc when its not a full 180 degree arc. I know(calculate) the arc startpoint and endpoint, but how do I find ...
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Solid angle subtended in latitude-longitude maps

I need to scale a latitude-longitude map with the solid-angle each "pixel" subtend. How can I obtain the said solid angle starting from the $\phi$ and $\theta$ angles? Thank you very much
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Radians : negative and positive values

Recently I have been reading books on DSP where I came across Polar co-ordinates. I understand that on Polar graph (4 quadrants) we have 0,pi/2,pi,3/2pi and 2pi radians as we move from one quadrant to ...
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Heat equation on a circular plate

I'm in trouble with the following problem: assuming a circular plate of radius $R$, the heat equation on it, is: $$\partial_t ...
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Double integral polar coordinate using substitution

I have to calculate: $$\iint _{R} \frac{x}{\sqrt{x^{2}+y^{2}}}dA$$ and R is this region: $$x^{2}+y^{2}=16; x^{2}+y^{2}=4; y = \sqrt{3}x; y=\frac{x}{\sqrt{3}}$$ so I used substitution: $$x = r\cos ...
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$r^2\cos\theta+2ar\sin^2{\theta\over2}-a^2$ where $a>0$

What does the following equation represent? $r^2\cos\theta+2ar\sin^2{\theta\over2}-a^2$ where $a>0$ My approach: I factorized the equation and it became $(a+r\cos\theta)(a-r)=0$ I feel that ...
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Question concerning the domain of polar coordinate.

So in the problems I encountered, I find it confusing about the domain of $\theta$. Problems take the form: For arbitrary function $f(x,y)$, and $$\displaystyle \iint_S f(x,y)dxdy=\iint_T ...
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Algorithm for finding nearest distance from a point to a curved surface in space

I need to write an algorithm which can find the nearest distance from a point in space to a 3D curved surface which is straight in vertical direction but its projection is an arc of a circle (Similar ...
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Finding intersections points of pairs of polar curves?

Find all intersections of the curves $r=3^{(1/3)}\cos(\theta) , r=\sin(\theta)$ What I have done so far is to just put them equal to each other like this: $3^{(1/3)}\cos(\theta)=\sin(\theta)$, but ...
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Derivatives of polar coordinates

I've got a problem for which I'm trying to calculate $\ddot r$. The problem is right here for the sake of reference. So far, I've got that: $$\ddot r=\frac{d}{dt}v_r=\frac{dv_r}{dr}\frac{dr}{dt}$$ ...
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obtaining $y'$ from $r = 1 + \sin\theta$

Just want to check if this is the idea for this $$x = r\cos\theta$$ $$y = r\sin\theta$$ so now we substitute $$x = (1 + \sin\theta)\cos\theta$$ $$y = (1 + \sin\theta)\sin\theta$$ get the ...
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Simple ways to create a separating plane given two points in a polar coordinate system?

I am currently working on sensor networks, where sensors are uniformly distributed in a polar coordinate system (maximum radius $R$ is set to $1$). A few of the sensors are placed equidistantly on a ...
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Finding an area using $r = 13\cos \theta$, $r = 6 + \cos \theta$

I have these: $$r = 13\cos \theta\quad r = 6 + \cos \theta$$ I am trying to find the area. Would anyone please help?
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Curl in cylindrical coordinates

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate curl ($\nabla \times \vec{V}^{\,}$) when the velocity vector is represented in cylindrical coordinates. The way I thought I would do it is by calculating: ...
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gradient of an axis symmetric vector field in cylindical coordiantes

I am trying to calculate with a general approach the gradient of an axis symmetric vector field in cylindrical coordinates and then express it in cartesian coordinates. First I write my vector ...
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Mass and center of mass of lamina in polar coordinates

I need some help with the following problem which is question number 15.5.4 in the seventh edition of Stewart Calculus. Here is the problem definition: "Find the mass and center of mass of the ...
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(Calculus 3) Having trouble finding the polar equation of a hyperbola.

Eccentricity e=sqrt(2), and one vertex is located at (2,0). I do know that if the vertex is located at (2,0), then the directrix is 2 units from the vertex. I am not sure how to find the location of ...
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Knowing coordinates of a point having two coordinates and the distance.

I have the two geographic coordinates of the lower corners of a wall. So, for example, i want to know what is the coordinate that is for example 15cm on the right of the lower corner left. Is that ...
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Circle-Circle intersection coordinate system

Consider two points in the 2D Euclidean plane, the origin $0$ and $x$. One can define a co-ordinate system such that for any point $y$ in the plane, $y$ is parametrized by its distance from $0$, call ...