Sketch the polar curve r = 2 + 4\sin \theta

Question:

Sketch the polar curve {eq}r = 2 + 4\sin \theta {/eq}

Polar curve:

In such questions, we can see that the given equation cannot give a graphical image, so we convert the polar equation in cartesian form and then try to draw graph in cartesian axes.

Answer and Explanation:

We are given :

{eq}r = 2 + 4\sin \theta {/eq}

Now substituting,

{eq}\displaystyle r = \sqrt{x^2+y^2} \displaystyle \\ \sin \theta = \frac{y}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} {/eq}

We get :

{eq}\displaystyle \sqrt{x^2+y^2} = 2 + 4 \frac{y}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} {/eq}

Now we can graph this as follows :


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