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I have the above output from Mathematica that I would like to reproduce exactly in LaTeX, but I am just beginning with TikZ and do not understand the huge layers of code that are presented in other questions with similarly shaped elliptical arcs.

For that reason, I am not particularly interested in advanced packages, but if there is a package that allows me to do it using just the polar equation I will accept it as a solution.

I tried polar plotting but TikZ just breaks arbitrarily when I put in the polar form of the curve and for some reason ignores the square root.

  • Hi Jack, please help us to help you: if you put the code that didn't work for you in a form a M(N)WE we can try to see what happens. See minimal working example (MWE)
    – Rmano
    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:07
  • @Rmano I tried the following line: \draw [thick,color=black,domain=1:89,samples=200,smooth] plot (xy polar cs:angle=\x,radius= {sqrt(1-0.9800139176438553*cos(\x)*cos(\x))}); But it just renders a rotated semicircle (The angles are not the ones I am after this was just the initial test run) Oct 8, 2018 at 12:17

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% 7/90*180=14
% -1/7*180=-25.71428571
% 6/7*180=154.2857143
 plot (xy polar cs:angle=\x,

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TikZ's cos and sin use degrees per default.

  • how can I shift the curve along the x and y axes? I need it to align with something else that already exists. Oct 8, 2018 at 14:09
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    \draw[...,xshift=1cm, yshift=-1cm]
    – user4686
    Oct 8, 2018 at 14:48

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