Chapter 6: The Polar System
Chapter Outline
 6.1. Polar Coordinates
 6.2. Graphing Basic Polar Equations
 6.3. Converting Between Systems
 6.4. More with Polar Curves
 6.5. The Trigonometric Form of Complex Numbers
 6.6. The Product & Quotient Theorems
 6.7. De Moivre’s and the nth Root Theorems
Chapter Summary
Chapter Summary
In this chapter we made the connection between complex numbers and trigonometry. First, we started with the polar system, by graphing and converting equations into polar coordinates. This allowed us to compare the complex plane with the polar plane and we realized that there are many similarities. Because of this, we are able to convert complex numbers into polar, or trigonometric, form. Converting complex numbers to polar form makes it easier to multiply and divide complex numbers by using the Product and Quotient theorems. These theorems lead to De Moivre’s Theorem, which is a shortcut for raising complex numbers to different powers. Finally, we were able manipulate De Moivre’s Theorem to find all the complex solutions to different equations.
Vocabulary
 Argument
 In the complex number , the argument is the angle .
 Modulus
 In the complex number , the modulus is . It is the distance from the origin to the point in the complex plane.
 Polar coordinate system
 A method of recording the position of an object by using the distance from a fixed point and an angle consisting of a fixed ray from that point. Also called a polar plane.
 Pole
 In a polar coordinate system, it is the fixed point or origin.
 Polar axis
 In a polar coordinate system, it is the horizontal ray that begins at the pole and extends in a positive direction.
 Polar coordinates
 The coordinates of a point plotted on a polar plane .
 Polar Equation
 An equation which uses polar coordinates.
 Polar Form
 Also called trigonometric form is the complex number written as where and .
Review Questions
 Plot and find three other equivalent coordinates.
 Find the distance between and .
 Graph the following polar curves.
 Determine the equations of the curves below.
 Convert each equation or point into polar form.
 Convert each equation or point into rectangular form.
 Determine where and intersect.
 Change into polar form.
 Change into rectangular form.
 Multiply or divide the following complex numbers using polar form.
 Expand
 Find the roots of 64 and graph them in the complex plane.
 Find all the solutions of .
Review Answers
 three equivalent coordinates .
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 and angle measures in the graph are in radians Note: The two determined points of intersection [ and ] were estimated from the trace function on a graphing calculator and are not precise solutions for either equation.

So, .
 64 in polar form is Graph of the solutions:
Texas Instruments Resources
In the CK12 Texas Instruments Trigonometry FlexBook, there are graphing calculator activities designed to supplement the objectives for some of the lessons in this chapter. See http://www.ck12.org/flexr/chapter/9704.