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Solve or Reduce?

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  • Subject: [mg64363] Solve or Reduce?
  • From: Math Novice <math_novice_2 at>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 01:31:39 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I'm looking to solve the equation 
  (13 Cos[q]-(5+8 Cos[f]))^2+(13 Sin[q]-(7+8 Sin[f]))^2?49
  so that I can graph phi as a function of theta in the first quadrant only. A graph of the solution obtained using the Solve command produces unexpected results and I haven't used Mathematica much so I'm having trouble intrepreting the results that the Reduce operation produces. I understand that the solution is periodic but can someone interpret what the other symbols in the solution mean, e.g., C[1], &&, || etc.?

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