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Unformatted text preview: the angle first, we rotate π radians, then move back through the pole 3.5 units. 4 π Here we are locating a point 3.5 units away from the pole on the terminal side of 54 , not π . 4 θ= π 4 Pole θ= π 4 Pole Pole Q −3.5, π 4 As you may have guessed, θ < 0 means the rotation away from the polar axis is clockwise instead π of counter-clockwise. Hence, to plot R 3.5, − 34 r = 3.5 Pole Pole Pole π θ = − 34 π R 3.5, − 34 π From an ‘angles first’ approach, we rotate − 34 then move out 3.5 units from the pole. We see R is 3π the point on the terminal side of θ = − 4 which is 3.5 units from the pole. Pole π θ = − 34 Pole Pole π θ = − 34 π R 3.5, − 34 784 Applications of Trigonometry The points Q and R above are, in fact, the same point despite the fact their polar coordinate representations are different. Unlike Cartesian coordinates where (a, b) and (c, d) represent the same point if and only if a = c and b = d, a point can be represented by infinitely many polar coordinate pairs. We explore this notion more in the following exampl...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2013 for the course MATH Algebra taught by Professor Wong during the Fall '13 term at Chicago Academy High School.

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