The P►Rx( Command

Command Summary

P►Rx( calculates the x-value (in Cartesian coordinates) given Polar coordinates.

Command Syntax


Menu Location


  1. 2nd ANGLE to access the angle menu.
  2. 7 to select P►Rx(, or use arrows and ENTER.

Calculator Compatibility


Token Size

1 byte

P►Rx( (polar►rectangular x-coordinate) calculates the x-coordinate of a polar point. Polar coordinates are of the form (r,θ), where θ is the counterclockwise angle made with the positive x-axis, and r is the distance away from the origin (the point (0,0)). The conversion identity x=r*cos(θ) is used to calculate P►Rx(.

The value returned depends on whether the calculator is in radian or degree mode. A full rotation around a circle is 2π radians, which is equal to 360°. The conversion from radians to degrees is angle*180/π and from degrees to radians is angle*π/180. The P►Rx( command also accepts a list of points.

    {.7071067812 1}

Advanced Uses

You can bypass the mode setting by using the ° (degree) and r (radian) symbols. This next command will return the same values no matter if your calculator is in degrees or radians:

    {.7071067812 .5}


In most cases P►Rx(r,θ) can be replaced by r*cos(θ) to save a byte:

can be

Conversely, complicated expressions multiplied by a cosine factor can be simplified by using P►Rx(r,θ) instead.

can be

Error Conditions

Related Commands


Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 License.