Definition:Polar Coordinates/Polar Axis

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Definition

Polar coordinates are a technique for unique identification of points on the plane.

Let $O$ be the pole of the polar coordinate plane.

A ray is drawn from $O$, usually to the right, and referred to as the polar axis.

Also known as

Some sources refer to this as the initial line

Some use the term initial vector.

Linguistic Note

The plural of axis is axes, which is pronounced ax-eez not ax-iz.

Compare basis.