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Converting Polar to Cartesian Equations in Five Easy Steps
If polar equations have you second-guessing your future as a nuclear physicist, fret not! Almost every pre-calculus student I have tutored has struggled here, and it isn’t surprising at all. Remember the first time you saw an equation and were introduced to these strange x and y variables? It may seem like second nature now, but you were learning ...
Trigonometry should be simple—you’re just using the given information to solve for only one answer, right? Well, with the Law of Sines, sometimes there is more than one right answer. This situation is also known as the Ambiguous Case. Before we dive into the Ambiguous Case, let’s review the Law of Sines and Congruence.