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## #1 2017-03-07 18:52:05

davidtrinh
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### I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

I am going to write down a problem below.

(ex) Find the points of intersection of r=1-sin(u) and r=1+sin(u) without drawing their graphs.

This is how I do it.

I equate the two equations and get 1-sin(u)=1+sin(u). Simplifying it gives

sin(u)=0. Solving for u gives 0 and pi. Then, the two points are (1 , pi) and (1 , 0).

They are correct. The answer key gives one more answer (0 , pi/2).

How do you find the third answer without graphing? Thanks for your help.

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## #2 2017-03-07 21:23:41

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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

The third answer is not a solution. (0, pi/2) does not solve r = 1 + sin(u). Your two answers are correct.

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## #3 2017-03-08 08:00:39

anonimnystefy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

Actually, there is another solution, since in polar coordinates the point
is the same one as the point
.

So, another equation that would give you a solution would be

Last edited by anonimnystefy (2017-03-08 08:04:41)

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## #4 2017-03-08 19:47:02

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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

In polar coordinates r is always positive.

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## #5 2017-03-09 04:00:28

anonimnystefy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

Except not really.

Here's a link relevant to the original post: Intersection of polar curves

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## #6 2017-03-09 04:41:32

bob bundy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

anonimnystefy wrote:

Actually, there is another solution, since in polar coordinates the point  is the same one as the point

So, another equation that would give you a solution would be

.

Great to hear from you again!!!

Bob

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## #7 2017-03-09 05:26:19

anonimnystefy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

Hi Bob!

How've you been?

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## #8 2017-03-09 06:10:04

bob bundy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

hi Stefy,

I think my brain is still functioning.

Bob

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## #9 2017-03-09 12:28:34

anonimnystefy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

Good to know! x)

Yeah, I've been a been lacking in the uni department lately, because I got a temporary job, so I had less time to study, but it's pretty good otherwise!

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
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## #10 2017-03-09 20:12:53

bob bundy
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### Re: I can't find the third answer in the polar equations.

Don't know why I didn't do this earlier:

Clearly three (not two) solutions.

Bob

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