Questions on coordinate systems, a geometric method where a point in n-dimensions is assigned a corresponding n-tuple of numbers.

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Physical components of a third-order tensor

Aris' book Vectors, Tensors, and the Basic Equations of Fluid Mechanics describes how to convert between covariant, contravariant, and physical components of vectors and tensors. For example, in ...
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Distance and Coordinates in fractional dimensions and the creation of functions with non-integral numbers of paramters.

Background: The Euclidean distance between two points in $n$ dimensions, where $n$ is a positive integer, and position can be described by a vector is given by... $$D_E=\left(\sum_{k=1}^n ...
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Elastic wave equation in curvilinear coordinates: how do you perform a coordinate change?

The essence of this question is that I don't know how to convert an equation from Cartesian coordinates into curvilinear coordinates, and would like to know how, preferably using the language of ...
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Solving a system of equations

I'm trying to prove the existence of a solution to the system of equations $$c_i = \gamma x_i + (1-\gamma) \frac{x_i^2}{\sum_{j=1}^\infty x_j}$$ for $i\in\{1,2,....\}$ where $\sum c_i=1$. I am also ...
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Orthogonal Coordinate Systems Intuition

I'd really love it if you could give some intuition on how to derive the $x$, $y$ & $z$ coordinates from all/any of the orthogonal coordinate systems in this list, how you think about, say, ...
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Problem in calculating angles of a tringle with co-ordinate geometry

There are three equations. $$(a+b)x+(a-b)y-2ab = 0 \tag1$$ $$(a-b)x+(a+b)y-2ab = 0 \tag2$$ $$x+y = 0 \tag3$$ The question is, So that the triangle formed by these equations is an isosceles ...
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Check if a point is inside a rotated 2D NACA 0012 airfoil

I've already checked the rotated rectangle problem but this is (I think!) a little more complicated. I have a CFD calculation of a 2D NACA 0012 airfoil and I need to test if a point is inside the ...
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Computing area of triangle via equations of medians

For a triangle $ABC$, $B=90^\circ , AC=6$, equations of medians through $A$ is $y=2x+4$ and through $C$ is $y=x+3$. What is the area of triangle $ABC$? I'm really bad at geometry, and to make matters ...
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Computing volume element in spherical coordinates

Suppose $y = (r, \theta^1, \theta^2)$ are spherical coordinates in $(\mathbb{R}^3,g)$. What is the $d\text{vol}$ in these coordinates? I solved it but I don't know if it's right. My solution: We ...
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What distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates?

I am trying to identify what characteristic distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates. For concreteness, let's write down the expressions. Polar: $$ x=r \cos(t) \\ y=r \sin(t) $$ ...
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Why does a figure look the same in every coordinate system?

After reading Maximilian M. Answer here: Gauss' Theorem - Can't understand a parameterization I'm trying to figure out why does a figure look the same in every coordinate system I choose. For ...
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Changing coordinate system with non standard definitions

The standard coordinate transformation to polar coordinates is $$ \begin{cases} x=r\cos(\varphi)\\ y=r\sin(\varphi) \end{cases} $$ with $r\in[0,\infty), \ \varphi\in[0,2\pi)$ The question is whether I ...
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Can all 2-surfaces be “coordinated” using 2 numbers

Consider a 2-dimensional surface embedded in 3 dimensional euclidean space. ex: A plane, a sphere, a hyperboloid of 2 sheets (or 1 sheet), the graph of sin(x + y), 2 parallel planes etc... If we ...
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How to solve a distance problem inside of a picture?

sorry for my bad english. I have the following problem: In the picture you can see 4 different positions. Every position is known to me (longitude, latitude with screen-x and screen-y). Now i want ...
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Is a solution to some partially differential equation homeomorphic (or diffeomorphic) to a solution of an equation with a different covariance group?

Consider some solution $\psi(x,t)$ to the linear Klein-Gordon equation: $-\partial^2_t \psi + \nabla^2 \psi = m^2 \psi$. Up to homeomorphism, can $\psi$ serve as a solution to some other equation ...
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Translating coordinates on a Riemann surface

Let $U\subset X$ be an open subset of a connected Riemann surface $X$. Let $z:U\longrightarrow B(0,1)$ be a diffeomorphism, where $B(0,1)$ is the open unit disc in $\mathbf{C}$. Let $P\in U$ be the ...
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Transforming triangular coordinate system from angle to another

I need to set a coordinate system fro a triangular grid so I did this: ...
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Local Coordinate Systems under Integral Extension

Let $\varphi:(A,\mathfrak{m})\to(B,\mathfrak{n})$ be an integral extension of regular local rings of dimension $d$ (of course, $\varphi$ is a local homomorphism). Furthermore, assume that $A$ contains ...
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Multiple objects triangulation in 3D, intersecting the right vectors (rays)

I am working on a project in which I should be able to triangulate the position of multiple objects when they are seen by (at least) two cameras. Single object Currently I am able to triangulate a ...
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Local parametrizations and coordinate charts on manifolds

I have recently had discussions on related questions about coordinate charts on here which has started to clear up some issues in my understanding of manifolds. Apologies in advance for the ...
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Smart coordinates for six-dimensional integral

I have a (hopefully) simple question: I am dealing with a definite (on all of $\mathbb{R}^6$) six-dimensional integral $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^6} F(\vec{x}_1,\vec{x}_2)d^3x_1d^3x_2$$ where the function ...
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Bipolar toroidal coordinates - position vector, velocity and acceleration

Bipolar toroidal coordinates: $x = a \frac{\sinh\tau \cos\phi}{\cosh\tau-\cos\sigma}$ $y = a \frac{\sinh\tau \sin\phi}{\cosh\tau-\cos\sigma}$ $z=a \frac{\sin\sigma}{\cosh\tau-\cos\sigma}$ Would ...
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Parametrization of surfaces for vector integration

I'm having some trouble calculating vector fields through surfaces. After attempting a few and being dissapointed with a wrong answer multiple times I figured I must be doing something wrong in the ...
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Question about the following coordinate transformation.

$Q:\begin{bmatrix}\rho\\\phi\end{bmatrix} $$\to$ $\begin{bmatrix}cosh(\rho)cos(\phi)\\ sinh(\rho)sin(\phi)\end{bmatrix}$ The task is to pick a domain as big as possible so that Q is a ...
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commutation relation of angular momentum operator in non cartesian coordinates

The angular momentum operator $J$ in quantum mechanics with the commutation relation \begin{equation*} [J_l,J_m]=i\hbar\epsilon_{lmn}J_n \end{equation*} has the structure of a Lie-algebra. It is ...
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Intesection point of feet of altitudes

If triangle has vertexes at $(x_1,y_1),(x_2,y_2),(x_3,y_3)$, is the intersection points of feet of altitudes $$x_h = \frac{x_1x_2(y_2-y_1) + x_2x_3(y_3-y_2) + x_3x_1(y_1-y_3) + y_1^2(y_3-y_2) + ...
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What did homogeneous coordinates allow 19th century mathematicians to do?

I read about Mobius developing Barycentric and homogeneous coordinates, and I read about homogeneous coordinates and what they are and I'm totally on board with taking a line from the origin and ...
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Maximum product of lengths involving secant drawn to a parabola.

A chord is drawn from a point $P(1,t)$ to the parabola $y^2=4x$, which cuts the parabola at $A$ and $B$. If $PA\cdot PB=3|t|$, what is the maximum possible value of $|t|$? All I can infer is that the ...
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Calculate the distance between any points in two different circles

I have two overlapping circles (C1 and C2) for which the distance between their centers is know. Inside each circle theres's random number of points (P11... P1n and P21... P2n) for which the distance ...
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Finding the leftmost, rightmost, top, and bottom, points, on a surface, of a sphere.

So I'm making a 3D game, and the player is inside a glass sphere. I'm projecting a bunch of points onto the sphere, and I need to find the leftmost, rightmost, topmost, and bottommost points, so I can ...
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Transition Functions for Cartesian Coordinate Systems

This is my first time using Mathematics SE (I've only used Physics and Astronomy before), so I apologize if this question is awkwardly phrased or incorrectly presented. I welcome any and all edits and ...
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Ellipsoidal Coordinates Geometrically

Is there a quick, geometric, way of writing down (the square root of?) the Cartesian coordinates $$\begin{align} x^2 &= (a^2+\xi)(a^2+\eta)(a^2+\zeta)/(b^2-a^2)(c^2-a^2)\\ y^2 &= ...
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Get 2D coordinate transformation matrix based on points in a system and their angles in the other?

I'd like to get the parameters (rotation angle,$\Theta$, and translation coefficients, $x_0$ and $y_0$)) of a transformation for translating and rotating points in a coordinate system to another. As ...
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how to calculate the volume of irregular shape by the Cartesian coordinates of its corners?

I've 4 points in a plane "A" and another 4 in another plane "B". is there a way to automatically calculate the volume contained into this irregular box? The automation is important as this set of 8 ...
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Converting an equation from cartesian to cylindrical coordinates

This is going to seem pretty basic, but I'm trying to figure out if there is a problem in my homework's text or if it's just not clicking for me. I have to find the volume for the paraboloid $$z = 6 ...
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Evaluation of oscillating gaussian integral

I've problems to evaluate the following integral $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} dx \, dy \, dz \, \frac{e^{-i \Gamma |\vec{r}-\vec{r_0}|}}{|\vec{r}-\vec{r_0}|} \frac{e^{i \Upsilon |\vec{r}|}}{|\vec{r}|} ...
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Proper name for Inverted Cartesian coordinate system?

In most 2D computer graphic rendering applications (HTML Canvas, Flash, etc...), the coordinate system used is like this: My question is, what is the mathematical/technical name for this kind of ...
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Change in neumann boundary conditions through coordinate transformation of elliptic PDE, weak formulation

The standard weak formulation of the Neumann problem for the Poisson equation is to find $u \in H^1 ( \Omega)$ such that for every $v \in H^1 ( \Omega)$: $$ \int_{\Omega} \nabla u \nabla v d x = ...
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Gradient when changing coordinate system

A change of variables from $\vec{r_1}$, $\vec{r_2}$ to $\vec{r}$, $\vec{R}$ is given by: $$ \vec{r} = \vec{r_1}-\vec{r_2}\text{ , }\vec{R}=c_1 \vec{r_1} + c_2 \vec{r_2} $$ I'm supposed to find ...
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How to calculate rotated global location coordinates (Long, Lat)?

Given the current global location coordinate system: -180 <-> 180 Longitude -90 <-> 90 Latitude A rotation of the globe 90 degrees counter-clockwise around the Y-axis would bring the north ...
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Divergence free part of laplacian operator in cylindrical coord. (Curl Curl operator)

I want to derive $\nabla \times \nabla \times \mathbf{V}$ in cylindrical coordinates. My variables are $(u,v,w)$ in $(z,r, \theta)$ (axissymetric, radial and azimuthal directions). I computed first ...
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Finding the 3D coordinates of an object with cameras

I'm working on a project where I need to find the coordinates of an object. I used this paper for now http://dsc.ijs.si/files/papers/S101%20Mrovlje.pdf . It describes how with two cameras facing the ...
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Converting vector in cartesian to cylindrical coordinates

This seems like a trivial question, and I'm just not sure if I'm doing it right. I have vector in cartesian coordinate system: a⃗ =xi⃗ −2xj⃗ + yk⃗ And I need to represent it in cylindrical coord. ...
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Faster Alternative than Calculating Euclidian Distance to determine which Coordinate has Max Distance from a fixed coordinate (eg (0,0))

I am developing a program that needs me to determine which coordinate in a 2-d figure has maximum distance from a fixed coordinate. Let me demonstrate: 3 points: (1,3), (2,2), (5,0) ; Fixed point: ...
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Change of basis formula proof

So I know that this involves using the chain rule, but is the following attempt at a proof correct. Let $M$ be an $n$-dimensional manifold and let $(U,\phi)$ and $(V,\psi)$ be two overlapping ...
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Complex numbers and simple argument question

Yesterday, i encountered a question: $z=a+bi$ $Arg(z-\overline z + 4) = {4\pi \over 3}$ $b=?$ I solved the question using basic method: $$\overline z = a-bi$$ $$ w = z - \overline z + ...
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Change of Basis Matrix: Cartesian to Spherical Laplacian

I was looking at how a change of basis matrix, $[P_{\beta\leftarrow\alpha}]$, is made. While this is a bit more advanced that than what was taught at the course, I wonder what would be the change of ...
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Finding bounds of integration

Let $S$ be the region in the first quadrant of the $xy$-plane bounded by the $x$-axis and the parabolas $$x=1-\dfrac{1}{4}y^2,$$ $$x=\dfrac{1}{4}y^2-1$$ and $$x=4-\dfrac{1}{16}y^2.$$ Use the ...
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Realistic Bounce (Using Trig?)

background: I am making a graphics program where the major purpose of it is to have a ball (traveling on an arbitrary slope) to bounce realistically off of a line (which is also at a arbitrary slope). ...
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transform orthonormal coordinate system to another

I have one orthonormal coordinate system ABC that it's origin is the point p0. I would like to transform it to another orthonormal coordinate system A'B'C', that it's origin is p1. I know how to ...