$\displaystyle \phi(x,y)=e^{x}(x\cos y-y\sin y)=c , \ \ \ \ c \ \ \ constant \ \ $

what is the family of curves orthogonal to this phi.

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- Jan 31st 2009, 02:40 PMsilversandhow do u find the functions orthogonal to this
$\displaystyle \phi(x,y)=e^{x}(x\cos y-y\sin y)=c , \ \ \ \ c \ \ \ constant \ \ $

what is the family of curves orthogonal to this phi. - Feb 1st 2009, 12:20 AMOpalg
This looks like a question from complex variable theory. If z = x + iy then $\displaystyle e^{x}(x\cos y-y\sin y)$ is the real part of the analytic function $\displaystyle ze^z$. For any analytic function f(z), the family of curves given by Im(f(z)) = const. will be orthogonal to the family of curves Re(f(z)) = const.