Posted by BT on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 8:39pm.
Given the polar coordinates of a point, how do I find the rectangular coordinates?
(2, 3pi/4)
(4, 7pi/6)
(2/3, 2pi/3)
Given the rectangular coordinates of a point, how do I find the polar coordinates?
(4, 0)
(3, 4)
(2, 2)

trig  Reiny, Monday, March 1, 2010 at 9:04pm
In (2,3pi/4) r = 2 and the rotation angle is 3pi/4 radians or 135º
make a sketch, draw you angle first, then go out 2 units on that ray.
drop a line to the xaxis, you now have a rightangled triangle in the II quadrant with an outside angle of 135º, and a hypotenuse of 2.
the inside angle is 45º, so it is isosceles.
Use Pythagoras to find each of the sides to be 1
But you are in quadrant II, so the point is (1,1)
Do the others the same way
For the second type,
plot the point, then make a diagram showing the rightangled triangle.
You will have the x and the y.
Use Pythagoras to find r,
then tan ß = y/x will let you find the angle.
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