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Maple Resource Center

Welcome to the SUNY Empire Maple Resource Center. The purpose of this guide is to help you learn how to use Maple for your course work. The Maplesoft website and the Maple Portal installed with your Maple software on your computer contain much

Polar Coordinate Plots

Since the default coordinate system is the Cartesian (x,y) system, it’s necessary to specify when working in other coordinate systems.  Working in polar coordinates requires the use of the plots[polarplot] command (typing ?polarplot as a command in Maple will take you to the Help page for more information).  Note that polarplot is part of the plots package.  Here are several simple examples:

Plotting a sine function>>  Link to Polar1 example.

Plotting a Circle (fixed radius)>>  Link to Circle example.

Plotting a Line (fixed angle)>>  Link to AngleLine example.


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Polar1 Example

Image of Polar 1 Example for Polar Plots

Circle Example

Image of Circle in a Polar Plot

AngleLine Example

Image of Angle Line in Polar Plot