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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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How many kinds of simple coordinates are there in a 2D space?

The question comes form an idea to solve a motion-with-potential problem in 1D space by finding a mathematically equivalent uniform-motion problem in 2D space. ...
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Converting from set of Cartesian equations to Polar Equation

Is it possible to convert the set of Cartesian equations: $$x(t) = (20-30)*\cos(2t)+45*\cos(2t*(20-30)/20))$$ $$y(t) = (20-30)*\sin(2t)+45*\sin(2t*(20-30)/20))$$ where $$t \in [0,2\pi)$$ Into a ...
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Convert $r^2\cos(2\theta)=9$ to Cartesian

I need to convert $r^2\cos(2\theta)=9$ to Cartesian coordinates. How should I do it? What I did: $$r^{2}\cos2\theta=r^{2}2\cos^{2}\theta-1=9\Rightarrow r^{2}\cos^{2}\theta=5\Rightarrow x^{2}=5$$ Did ...
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converting kph and heading to xyz velocity vector

I am writing software (in C++) that is required to send out messages from our simulation system to another simulation system. Problem is we track the simulation object's current speed (kph) and ...
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Differential Operators in different coordinates

How does one show this identity? $$\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}=\frac{\partial^2}{\partial r^2}+{1\over r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}+{1\over ...
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Help understanding polar coordinates and conversion between polar and rectangular

I'm not understand this. I understand that you can take normal functions with x's and y's and convert them into polar coordinates. I also understand that the polar form of that function will have the ...
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Find a vector in cartesian coordinates given its relative location to another vector in spherical coordinates

Here is my problem: -I have an arbitrary normalized vector N in cartesian coordinates -I am trying to find normalized vector M, also in cartesian coordinates -I am given the azimuth and polar ...
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Show that the four points given below are the vertices of a rhombus.

Show that the four points, $(5, 8), (7, 5), (3, 5)$ and $(5, 2)$ are the vertices of a rhombus. I tried solving it, by finding out the distances by using the formula $\sqrt{(x_{2}-x_{1})^2 + ...
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Jacobian for a Cartesian to Polar-Coordinate Transformation

I have a simple doubt about the Jacobian and substitutions of the variables in the integral. suppose I have substituted $x=r \cos\theta$ and $y=r \sin\theta$ in an integral to go from cartesian to ...
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Representation of differentials in Polar Coordinates

We define polar coordinates in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$\ $\{ 0\}$ by $x=ry$, where $r=|x|>0$ and $y \in \partial B(0,1)$ is a point on the unit sphere. In the coordinates, Lebesgue measure has the ...
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Getting latitude/longitude from a 2d co-ord system [duplicate]

Given a latitude/longitude and a distance and bearing in relation to that point, how can I find the latitude/longitude of the new position? Distances can range from 0-100km so curvature of the earth ...
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Geometry finding area problem

A regular 2N -sided polygon of perimeter L has its vertices lying on a circle. Find the radius of the circle and the area of the polygon.
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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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Need a hint on what's wrong - polar coordinates

I'm asked to solve the following $$ \int^2_0 \int^\sqrt{4-y²}_0 \sqrt{4-x^2-y^2} dxdy $$ I thought about using polar coordinates: (1) $0 \le x \le \sqrt{4-y^2}$ is the upper half of a circumference ...
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How to verify a conversion to spherical coordinates?

Is it possible to verify if a conversion of an integral in Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates was done correctly other than revising it looking for mistakes? I mean, is there some kind of ...
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Plotting in the Complex Plane

I just wonder how do you plot a function on the complex plane? For example,$$f(z)=\left|\dfrac{1}{z}\right|$$ What is the difference plotting this function in the complex plane or real plane?
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Don't understand how to use jacobian for transformation of coordinates

Hello. I fail to understand why the Jacobian matrix is used to transform Cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates. If I'm not misunderstanding, it is assumed that the matrix ...
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triple integral - ecliptic coordinate

I need to find the $V$ by triple integral. the limits from up is (1) - ecliptic cone. and from dwon - (2) - elepsoide. $$(1) \ \ \ \ z=-\sqrt{3x^2+5y^2}$$ $$(2) \ \ \ \ {3 \over 10}x^2+5y^2+{z^2 ...
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Coordinate system conversion: what it is called what I'm doing?

I want to do a simple coordinate transformation and would like to know what is the rigorous way to describe this mathematically in order to be able to search for algorithms for more complex ...
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Computing gradient in cylindrical polar coordinates using metric?

I am trying to understand coordinate transformations properly (having studied some general relativity in the past). Let us consider the transformation from cartesian to cylindrical coordinates, ...
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Getting coordinate between two coordinates knowing the distance and latitude

That is my wall: http://imageshack.us/f/266/wall2z.png/ I know the coordinates of the lower points (left and right). (X1,Y1,Z) and (X2,Y2,Z) where X es the latitude, Y longitude and Z the altitude. ...
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Knowing coordinates of a point having two coordinates and the distance.

I have the two geographic coordinates of the lower corners of a wall. So, for example, i want to know what is the coordinate that is for example 15cm on the right of the lower corner left. Is that ...
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Circle-Circle intersection coordinate system

Consider two points in the 2D Euclidean plane, the origin $0$ and $x$. One can define a co-ordinate system such that for any point $y$ in the plane, $y$ is parametrized by its distance from $0$, call ...
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gradient in polar coordinate by changing gradient in Cartesian coordinate

I'm tried to do following and I can't see what went wrong. $$\begin{bmatrix} \hat r\\ \hat \theta \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} \cos \theta & \sin \theta \\ -\sin \theta & \cos \theta ...
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Why does it always take n numbers to characterize a point in n-dimensional space (or does it)?

I don't know if this is obvious and a dumb question or not, but, here we go. To characterize a point in 2-d space we can use standard $x,y$ coordinates or we can use polar coordinates. There are ...
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Simple proof of integration in polar coordinates?

In every example I saw of integration in polar coordinates the Jacobian determinant is used, not that i have a problem with the Jacobian, but I wondered if there's a simpler way to show this which ...
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Transforming the Laplace operator from Polar to Cartesian coordinates

I'm trying to find the error in my logic here. Let's say we are given the Laplace operator in polar coordinates: $$ \frac{\partial^2}{\partial r^2} + \frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r} + ...
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Conversion of motion equation from Cartesian to Polar coordinates: Is covariant differentiation necessary?

Say I have the following equation of motion in the Cartesian coordinate system for a typical mass spring damper system: $$M \; \ddot{x} + C \; \dot{x} + K \; x = ...
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Bijections of the plane

I recently had to deal with polar coordinates and thus wondered: "Polar coordinates" is just a special name for some bijection from $\mathbb{R}^2$ to $\mathbb{R}^2$ that can be very easily visualized ...