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**prathima****Member**- Registered: 2013-09-19
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in polar coordinates, the logarithmic spiral is given by r=ae^(bθ)

how find θ and how to draw logarithmic spiral

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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θ is just a variable, similar to x in y=x^2.

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**prathima****Member**- Registered: 2013-09-19
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is there any particular formula?

without using any formula how to find θ

as radius varies θ also varies right?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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The way it is done is, you take values for θ and calculate the value of r you get.

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**prathima****Member**- Registered: 2013-09-19
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The spiral has the property that the angle φ between the tangent and radial line at the point (r, \theta) is constant. This property can be expressed in differential geometric terms as

arc cos[(r(θ), r'(θ)/||r(θ)||*||r'(θ)]=arctan(1/b)=⏀

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Theta is an independent variable and r is the dependent one.

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