FormulasFirst, here are two formulas that you have to know by heart (or save them in your calculator !).You can find two similar formulas by replacing b by -b. But let's replace b by a in the first one. Because , we obtain and hence : It's a new formula, you can do the same with sine. There are a lot of formulas in trigonometry and a lot of them are useless ! Remember these ones above. Polar coordinatesIn a frame there are two ways to locate a point : by projecting it on the x axis and on the y axis and giving the distances from point O to every projection (cartesian coordinates), or by giving the distance from point O and the angle formed with the line (OM) and the horizontal axis: these are polar coordinates.
These formulas enable us to switch from cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates. To switch from polar coordinates to cartesian ones, you just have to inverse the last two formulas : and . See also : trigonometry on fmaths.com |