What would I have to do to change the polar coordinates of (5, [pi]) to rectangular coordinates?
for the rectangular coordinates (x,y), the corresponding polar coordinates are (r, @) ----------Note, @ means theta
where
x = rcos@
y = rsin@
r = sqrt(x^2 + y^2)
@ = tan^-1(y/x)
for the polar coordinates (5, [pi]), we have r = 5, @ = pi
x = rcos@ = 5cos(pi) = -5
y = rsin@ = 5sin(pi) = 0
so polar coordinates (5,pi) = the rectangular coordinates (-5,0)
so what did we learn here?
To convert from polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates:
remember polar coordinates are in the form (r,@), to get the corresponding (x,y) rectangular coordinates we use
x = rcos@
y = rsin@
To convert from rectangular coordinates to polar coordinates:
remember rectangular coordinates are in the form (x,y), to get the corresponding (r,@) polar coordinates we use
r = sqrt(x^2 + y^2)
@ = tan^-1(y/x)