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    Graphing Polar Coordinates

    So I have a worksheet that asks me to graph a function on my calculator and then give values for every value of \pi/12 between 0 and 2\pi.

    My question is, do you guys get r values that are extremely close to 6? My graphing calculator (TI-84 Silver Plus) gives me that for every \theta value from 0 to 2\pi.

    Here is the equation:

    r = 2 + 4\cos\theta

    My book gives an example of what the graph should look like for the model equation  r = a \pm b\cos\theta when 0 < a < b, and is described as a Limašon with an inner loop.

    In essence, amidoinitrite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deimos View Post
    So I have a worksheet that asks me to graph a function on my calculator and then give values for every value of \pi/12 between 0 and 2\pi.

    My question is, do you guys get r values that are extremely close to 6? My graphing calculator (TI-84 Silver Plus) gives me that for every \theta value from 0 to 2\pi.

    Here is the equation:

    r = 2 + 4\cos\theta

    My book gives an example of what the graph should look like for the model equation  r = a \pm b\cos\theta when 0 < a < b, and is described as a Limašon with an inner loop.

    In essence, amidoinitrite?
    Have you set your calculator to radians? It looks as though you may be using degrees, which is not what the question wants.
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