# 6.4: Polar to Rectangular Conversions

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**Practice**Polar to Rectangular Conversions

You are hiking one day with friends. When you stop to examine your map, you mark your position on a polar plot with your campsite at the origin, like this

You decide to plot your position on a different map, which has a rectangular grid on it instead of a polar plot. Can you convert your coordinates from the polar representation to the rectangular one?

### Watch This

James Sousa Example: Convert a point in polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates

### Guidance

Just as and are usually used to designate the rectangular coordinates of a point, and are usually used to designate the polar coordinates of the point. is the distance of the point to the origin. is the angle that the line from the origin to the point makes with the positive axis. The diagram below shows both polar and Cartesian coordinates applied to a point . By applying trigonometry, we can obtain equations that will show the relationship between polar coordinates and the rectangular coordinates

The point has the polar coordinates and the rectangular coordinates .

Therefore

These equations, also known as coordinate conversion equations, will enable you to convert from polar to rectangular form.

#### Example A

Given the following polar coordinates, find the corresponding rectangular coordinates of the points:

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Solution:
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a) For and

The rectangular coordinates of are approximately .

b) For and

The rectangular coordinates of are or approximately .

In addition to writing polar coordinates in rectangular form, the coordinate conversion equations can also be used to write polar equations in rectangular form.

#### Example B

Write the polar equation in rectangular form.

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Solution:
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The equation is now in rectangular form. The and have been replaced. However, the equation, as it appears, does not model any shape with which we are familiar. Therefore, we must continue with the conversion.

The rectangular form of the polar equation represents a circle with its centre at (2, 0) and a radius of 2 units.

This is the graph represented by the polar equation for or the rectangular form

#### Example C

Write the polar equation in rectangular form.

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Solution:
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### Vocabulary

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Polar Coordinates:
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A set of
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polar coordinates
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are a set of coordinates plotted on a system that uses the distance from the origin and angle from an axis to describe location.

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Rectangular Coordinates:
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A set of
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rectangular coordinates
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are a set of coordinates plotted on a system using basis axes at right angles to each other.

### Guided Practice

1. Write the polar equation in rectangular form.

2. Write the polar equation in rectangular form.

3. Write the polar equation in rectangular form.

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Solutions:
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1.

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### Concept Problem Solution

You can see from the map that your position is represented in polar coordinates as . Therefore, the radius is equal to 3 and the angle is equal to . The rectangular coordinates of this point can be found as follows:

### Practice

Given the following polar coordinates, find the corresponding rectangular coordinates of the points.

Write each polar equation in rectangular form.

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## Description

## Learning Objectives

Here you'll learn how to convert a position described in polar coordinates to the equivalent position in rectangular coordinates.