## Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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# Chapter 6 - Section 6.4 - Graphs of Polar Equations - Exercise Set - Page 754: 11

#### Answer

The graph is symmetric with respect to the polar axis, the line $\theta =\frac{\pi }{2}$, and the pole.

#### Work Step by Step

We look for symmetry by making the following substitutions: (a) $\theta \to - \theta$ :$$r^2=16\cos 2(- \theta ) \quad \Rightarrow \quad r^2=16\cos 2 \theta$$Thus, the graph is symmetric with respect to the polar axis. (b) $r \to -r, \quad \theta \to -\theta$ :$$(-r)^2 =16\cos 2 (-\theta ) \quad \Rightarrow \quad r^2=16 \cos 2 \theta$$Thus, the graph is symmetric with respect to the line $\theta=\frac{\pi}{2}$. (c) $r \to -r$ :$$(-r)^2 =16\cos 2 \theta \quad \Rightarrow \quad r^2=16\cos 2 \theta$$Thus, the graph is symmetric with respect to the pole.

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