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Converting a conic in polar form to rectangular form

Convert the conic r = 1 5 5 sin θ to rectangular form.

We will rearrange the formula to use the identities   r = x 2 + y 2 , x = r cos θ , and  y = r sin θ .

                           r = 1 5 5 sin θ   r ( 5 5 sin θ ) = 1 5 5 sin θ ( 5 5 sin θ ) Eliminate the fraction .         5 r 5 r sin θ = 1 Distribute .                          5 r = 1 + 5 r sin θ Isolate  5 r .                      25 r 2 = ( 1 + 5 r sin θ ) 2 Square both sides .           25 ( x 2 + y 2 ) = ( 1 + 5 y ) 2 Substitute  r = x 2 + y 2  and  y = r sin θ .         25 x 2 + 25 y 2 = 1 + 10 y + 25 y 2 Distribute and use FOIL .           25 x 2 10 y = 1 Rearrange terms and set equal to 1 .
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Convert the conic r = 2 1 + 2   cos   θ to rectangular form.

4 8 x + 3 x 2 y 2 = 0

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Key concepts

  • Any conic may be determined by a single focus, the corresponding eccentricity, and the directrix. We can also define a conic in terms of a fixed point, the focus P ( r , θ ) at the pole, and a line, the directrix, which is perpendicular to the polar axis.
  • A conic is the set of all points e = P F P D , where eccentricity e is a positive real number. Each conic may be written in terms of its polar equation. See [link] .
  • The polar equations of conics can be graphed. See [link] , [link] , and [link] .
  • Conics can be defined in terms of a focus, a directrix, and eccentricity. See [link] and [link] .
  • We can use the identities r = x 2 + y 2 , x = r   cos   θ , and y = r   sin   θ to convert the equation for a conic from polar to rectangular form. See [link] .

Section exercises

Verbal

Explain how eccentricity determines which conic section is given.

If eccentricity is less than 1, it is an ellipse. If eccentricity is equal to 1, it is a parabola. If eccentricity is greater than 1, it is a hyperbola.

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If a conic section is written as a polar equation, what must be true of the denominator?

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If a conic section is written as a polar equation, and the denominator involves sin   θ , what conclusion can be drawn about the directrix?

The directrix will be parallel to the polar axis.

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If the directrix of a conic section is perpendicular to the polar axis, what do we know about the equation of the graph?

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What do we know about the focus/foci of a conic section if it is written as a polar equation?

One of the foci will be located at the origin.

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Algebraic

For the following exercises, identify the conic with a focus at the origin, and then give the directrix and eccentricity.

r = 6 1 2   cos   θ

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r = 3 4 4   sin   θ

Parabola with e = 1 and directrix 3 4 units below the pole.

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r = 8 4 3   cos   θ

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r = 5 1 + 2   sin   θ

Hyperbola with e = 2 and directrix 5 2 units above the pole.

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r = 16 4 + 3   cos   θ

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r = 3 10 + 10   cos   θ

Parabola with e = 1 and directrix 3 10 units to the right of the pole.

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r = 4 7 + 2   cos   θ

Ellipse with e = 2 7 and directrix 2 units to the right of the pole.

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r ( 1 cos   θ ) = 3

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r ( 3 + 5 sin   θ ) = 11

Hyperbola with e = 5 3 and directrix 11 5 units above the pole.

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r ( 4 5 sin   θ ) = 1

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r ( 7 + 8 cos   θ ) = 7

Hyperbola with e = 8 7 and directrix 7 8 units to the right of the pole.

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Questions & Answers

For each year t, the population of a forest of trees is represented by the function A(t) = 117(1.029)t. In a neighboring forest, the population of the same type of tree is represented by the function B(t) = 86(1.025)t.
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by how many trees did forest "A" have a greater number?
Shakeena
32.243
Kenard
how solve standard form of polar
Rhudy Reply
what is a complex number used for?
Drew Reply
It's just like any other number. The important thing to know is that they exist and can be used in computations like any number.
Steve
I would like to add that they are used in AC signal analysis for one thing
Scott
Good call Scott. Also radar signals I believe.
Steve
Is there any rule we can use to get the nth term ?
Anwar Reply
how do you get the (1.4427)^t in the carp problem?
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A hedge is contrusted to be in the shape of hyperbola near a fountain at the center of yard.the hedge will follow the asymptotes y=x and y=-x and closest distance near the distance to the centre fountain at 5 yards find the eqution of the hyperbola
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A doctor prescribes 125 milligrams of a therapeutic drug that decays by about 30% each hour. To the nearest hour, what is the half-life of the drug?
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Find the domain of the function in interval or inequality notation f(x)=4-9x+3x^2
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Outside temperatures over the course of a day can be modeled as a sinusoidal function. Suppose the high temperature of ?105°F??105°F? occurs at 5PM and the average temperature for the day is ?85°F.??85°F.? Find the temperature, to the nearest degree, at 9AM.
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