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Unformatted text preview: COORDINATES/DISTANCES O. Knill, Math21a HOMEWORK: 11.2: 8,12,20,58,60 CARTESIAN COORDINATE SYSTEMS. A point on the line is labeled by a single coordinate x , a point in the plane is fixed by 2 coordinates ( x, y ) and a point in space is determined by three coordinates ( x, y, z ). Depending on which coordinates are positive, one can divide the line, the plane or the space into half lines , quadrants or octants . 1D space = line =2 half lines 2D space = plane=4 quadrants 3D space = space=8 octants x x y (x,y) x y z (x,y,z) CHOICE OF COORDINATE SYSTEM. Fixing the three coordinate axis determines a coordinate system in space. The choice of the convenient coordinate system depends on the situation. On earth for example the coordinate system is often chosen so that the z axis points up and perpendicular to the ground. These directions depend on the position on earth of course. EXAMPLE. Usually, we draw the coordinate system, such that the x,y coordinates are on the ground and the zcoordinate points up. In two dimensions, on a sheet of paper, the xcoordinate usually is chosen to point east and the ycoordinate to point north. EXAMPLE. PHOTOGRAPHERS COORDINATE SYSTEM: In 3D graphics like computer games, virtual reality or ray tracing, it is custom to have the yaxis pointing up, the xaxis to the right and the z axis in front....
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