# Determine if the graph is symmetric about the x-axis, the y-axis, or the origin. r = 9 sin7θ

**Solution:**

1. Symmetric about the x-axis

If (r, θ) lies on the graph, then (r, -θ) or (-r, π - θ) lies on the graph.

2. Symmetric about the y-axis

If (r, θ) lies on the graph, then (r, -θ) or (-r, -θ) lies on the graph.

3. Symmetric about the origin

If (r, θ) lies on the graph, then (r, -θ) or (-r, π + θ) lies on the graph.

r = 9 cos7θ is the given polar equation

Now check the equation by (r, -θ)

r = 9 cos(-7θ) = 9 cos(7θ) = r

So the graph is symmetric about the x-axis.

Now check the equation by (-r, -θ)

- r = 9 cos(-7θ) = 9 cos(7θ)⇒ r ≠ - r

So the graph is not symmetric about the y-axis.

Now check the equation by (-r, θ)

- r = 9 cos(7θ) ⇒ r ≠ - r

So the graph is not symmetric about the origin.

Therefore, the graph is symmetric about the x-axis.

## Determine if the graph is symmetric about the x-axis, the y-axis, or the origin. r = 9 sin7θ

**Summary:**

The graph is symmetric about the x-axis.