caretesian coordinates: (-3,4)

polar coordinates: (5 , pi + arctan ( - 4/3))

Could somebody explain to me step by step how the angle, pi + arctan ( - 4/3), was determined from the cartesian coordinates?

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- February 24th 2008, 06:39 AMbillymanother polar expression proplem
caretesian coordinates: (-3,4)

polar coordinates: (5 , pi + arctan ( - 4/3))

Could somebody explain to me step by step how the angle, pi + arctan ( - 4/3), was determined from the cartesian coordinates? - February 24th 2008, 06:42 AMgalactus
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- February 24th 2008, 07:38 AMbillym

There. So... how do we find the angle? - February 24th 2008, 07:53 AMPeritus
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