anonymous
  • anonymous
PLEASE HELP!!!! Determine if the graph is symmetric about the x-axis, the y-axis, or the origin. r = 5 + 4 cos θ
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anonymous
  • anonymous
@ZeHanz please help
ZeHanz
  • ZeHanz
Because of the 5 and 4, you can see that r takes values between 5-4=1 and 5+4=9. At theta=0 (and theta=2pi), r=9. At theta=pi (halfway the period), r=. What does this tell you about possible symmetries?
anonymous
  • anonymous
its not even so it isnt around the x axis. right?

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anonymous
  • anonymous
so?
anonymous
  • anonymous
@ZeHanz can you finish helping me please?
ZeHanz
  • ZeHanz
Well, the graph cannot be symmetrical around the origin, because of this. Also, because (9,0) and (-1,0) are the points for theta=0 and theta=pi, the y-axis is not an axis of symmetry. So maybe the only symmetry left is the x-axis. Because the values of the cosine are the same before and after pi, this is indeed the case. This is what the graph roughly looks like:
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anonymous
  • anonymous
okay? so then how can you tell if it is around the x axis?
ZeHanz
  • ZeHanz
Because the points above the x-axis belong to theta between 0 and pi, and the points below to theta between pi and 2pi. The cosine has the same values before and after pi, so the points lie symmetrical with respect to the x-axis. (Hope you understand what I want to say...)

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