Posted by **Leah** on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6:33pm.

Can you show me how to find the rectangular equation of r=2costheta + 3 sin theta

All I need is an example to work off I was absent today from Pre-Calc and I have homework to do and no explanation with them-Please help with this one Thank you

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**Steve**, Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:51pm
what the heck is a rectangular equation?

- Pre-Calc -
**Steve**, Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:55pm
hmm. you have given a polar coordinates equation, and want it y = f(x)?

cos theta = x/r

sin theta = y/r

r^2 = x^2 + y^2

r^2 = (2 cos t + 3 sin t)^2

= 4 cos^2 t + 12 sin t cos t + 9 sin^2 t

= 4 x^2/r^2 + 12xy/r^2 + 9y^2/r^2

r^4 = 4x^2 + 12xy + 9y^2

so, *x^2 + y^2)^2 = 4x^2 + 12xy + 9y^2

Not a pretty sight. The curve is cool, though

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