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Point can be viewed as intersection of surfaces called coordinate surfaces. Coordinate surfaces are selected from 3 different sets.

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z. y. Point can be viewed as intersection of surfaces called coordinate surfaces. Coordinate surfaces are selected from 3 different sets. x. z. y. x. Example of first set of coordinate surfaces. z. y. x. Example of second set of coordinate surfaces. z. y. x.

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Point can be viewed as intersection of surfaces called coordinate surfaces. Coordinate surfaces are selected from 3 different sets.

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Every coordinate system requires a special point called the origin in order to define position of the coordinate surfaces

z origin in order to define position of the coordinate surfaces

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Frequently one needs to describe a vector field (vector valued function of position). In this case it is convenient to introduce coordinate vectors associated with every point in space.

z origin in order to define position of the coordinate surfaces

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Coordinate system where all coordinate surfaces are planar is called Cartesian. Note that in this system direction of coordinate vectors is the same at every point in space

In a cylindrical coordinate system, a cylindrical surface and two planar surfaces all orthogonal to each other define location of a point in space. The coordinate vectors are and .

Note, in this system the direction of coordinate vectors changes from point to point

In a spherical coordinate system the surfaces of spheres, cones and planes are coordinate surfaces. The corresponding coordinate vectors also change their direction from point to point

z cones and planes are coordinate surfaces. The corresponding coordinate vectors also change their direction from point to point

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Transformations between cylindrical and Cartesian

From Cartesian to cylindrical

From cylindrical to Cartesian

Transformations between spherical and Cartesian cones and planes are coordinate surfaces. The corresponding coordinate vectors also change their direction from point to point

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From Cartesian to spherical

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From spherical to Cartesian

z cones and planes are coordinate surfaces. The corresponding coordinate vectors also change their direction from point to point

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Since the choice of vectors normal to a surface is not unique, the choice of coordinate vectors is also not unique. What is most important, however, is not the absolute direction of the coordinate vectors, but their directions relative to each other.

z cones and planes are coordinate surfaces. The corresponding coordinate vectors also change their direction from point to point

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By convention, we will choose relative directions of the coordinate vectors to satisfy the “right hand” rule. First choose one coordinate vector, say vector x. Point your index finger along this vector. Now, stick our your middle finger and your thumb in directions perpendicular to your index finger. These should be the directions of the second and third coordinate vectors, respectively.

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