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Convert (-3,4) to polar coordinates.
I get (5, -4.140), but it's wrong.
The solution is supposed to be (5, 2.21) or (-5, 5.36).
Why do I keep getting the wrong answer?
. . How did you get that angle?
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We see that: .
The angle is: .
This translates to positive angles of: .
You should be aware that there are an infinite number of ways
. . to designate a point in polar coordinates.
Two of the ways are: . and
Recall how polar coordinates are plotted.
The first tells us:
. . stand at the pole (origin), face East, turn 2.21 radians CCW
. . and walk forward 5 units.
This places us at the point in Quadrant 2.
The second tells us:
. . stand at the pole, face East, turn 5.36 radians CCW
. . and walk backward 5 units.
This places us at the same point.