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gnuplot Cookbook by Lee Phillips

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Plotting with polar coordinates

All the plots in this chapter up to now have implicitly used rectangular coordinates, usually denoted as x and y. For certain types of information, however, polar geometry is the natural coordinate system. In polar coordinates we have a radius, r, measured from the origin, usually at the center of the graph, and an angle, θ, usually measured counter-clockwise from the horizontal. On the gnuplot command line, the angular coordinate is called t by default. The following is an example of a spiral illustration:

Plotting with polar coordinates

Using polar coordinates we can plot spirals and closed curves that are impossible to define explicitly using ...

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