C Program to Convert Cartesian Coordinates to Polar Coordinate

In mathematics, a Cartesian coordinate system is a coordinate system that specifies each point uniquely in a plane by a set of numeric points.

Cartesian Coordinates is represented by (x,y).

In mathematics, the polar coordinate system is a two-dimensional coordinate system in which each point on a plane is determined by a distance from a reference point known as radius and an angle from a reference direction known as theta or simply angle.

Polar Coordinates system is represented by (r,θ).

Formula to Convert Cartesian Coordinates to Polar Coordinate

To convert from Cartesian Coordinates (x,y) to Polar Coordinates (r,θ):
r = √ ( x2 + y2 )
θ = tan-1 ( y / x )

Cartesian to Polar C Program


#define PI 3.141592

int main()
	 float x, y, r, theta;
	 printf("Enter cartesian coordinate x: ");
	 scanf("%f", &x);
	 printf("Enter cartesian coordinate y: ");
	 scanf("%f", &y);
	 /* Calculating r */
	 r = sqrt(x*x + y*y);
	 /* Calculating theta in radian */
	 theta = atan(y/x);
	 /* Converting theta from degree to radian */
	 theta = 180.0 * theta/ PI;
	 printf("Polar coordinate is: r = %0.2f and theta = %0.2f in degree", r, theta);
	 getch(); /* Holds Screen */

Output of the above program :

Enter cartesian coordinate x: 1 ↲
Enter cartesian coordinate y: 1 ↲
Polar coordinate is: r = 1.41 and theta = 45.00 in degree

Note: ↲ indicates ENTER is pressed.