# How do you indicate the order of plotted points in a polar plot?

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Robert Zukowski on 21 Mar 2023
Commented: Star Strider on 22 Mar 2023
I know that for cartesian coordinates you can use the quiver function to draw arrows to show the order of points. I was wondering if there was a similar way to do this with polar plots: I made a polar plot from some data and then added the arrows I want in paint. It would be a lot nicer if I could just do this directly in matlab.
Thanks!
Here is an example of what I am trying to do except in cartesian:
x = rand(10,1);
y = rand(10,1);
dx = diff(x);
dy = diff(y);
plot(x,y,'ro');
hold on
quiver(x(1:end-1),y(1:end-1),dx,dy,0) Star Strider on 22 Mar 2023
Unforutnately, quiiver and polaraxes don’t work together. The only alternative is to create your own polar axes as Cartessian axes, and then tweak until you get the desired result.
This should get you started —
p = linspace(0, 1, 25); % Function To Be Plotted
r = exp(-1.5*p);
a = p*2*pi;
rg = linspace(0, 2*pi, 13); % Angle Coordinate Definition
zv = zeros(size(rg));
cg = linspace(0, 2*pi, 400); % Radial Coordinate Definition
cx = ((0:0.2:1).'*cos(cg)).';
cy = ((0:0.2:1).'*sin(cg)).';
figure
plot([zv; cos(rg)], [zv; sin(rg)],'-k') % Plot Angle Vectors
hold on
[x,y] = pol2cart(a,r); % Plot Functioon With 'quiver'
quiver(x, y, u, v, '-b')
hold off
axis('equal')
Ax = gca;
Ax.Visible = 'off';
text(cos(rg(1:end-1))*1.11-0.1, sin(rg(1:end-1))*1.1, compose('%d°',0:30:330))
text(cx(1,:),cy(30,:), compose('%.1g',0:0.2:1), 'Horiz','right', 'Vert','top') Maybe some day this will be easiier.
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Star Strider on 22 Mar 2023
Thank you!
That makes (at least) two of us!
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