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Notes by Dr. David Archer
teacher of Calculus at Andress High
Notes by Dr. David Archer
teacher of Calculus at Andress High

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06/14/2009

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MATH PROJECT
Polar Equationsand Graphs

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICALLINES
The graph of
sin
θ
=
a
is a horizontal line
a
units above the pole if
a
is positive and |
a
|units below the pole if
a
is negative.The graph of
cos
θ
=
a
is a vertical line
a
units to the right of the pole if
a
is positiveand |
a
| units to the left of the pole if
a
isnegative.

POLAR EQUATIONS OFCIRCLES
The equation
=
a
is a circle of radius |
a
|centered at the pole.The equation
=
a
cos
θ
is a circle of radius |
a
/2|, passing through the pole, and with center on
θ
= 0 or
θ
=
π.
The equation
=
a
sin
θ
is a circle of radius |
a
/2|, passing through the pole, and with center on
θ
=
π
/2 or
θ
= 3
π
/2
.