Cartesian & Polar Coordinates

Cartesian & Polar Coordinates - Coordinate Systems...

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Unformatted text preview: Coordinate Systems A coordinate system is a technique of specifying/quantifying the location of a particular object/point with respect to a reference point commonly referred to as origin. The most commonly employed coordinate system is the Cartesian coordinate system, which uses two measuring units/directions (x and y) in a two dimensional plane to locate a particular point from the origin. Various types of coordinates systems are used in engineering calculations to define geometry of a system. These include – Cartesian (2D and 3D) coordinate system, polar coordinate system, spherical coordinate system, cylindrical coordinate system, etc. The type of coordinate system to be used for a particular system depends on the shape of the geometry. For Example, one could use the cylindrical coordinate system to better describe the geometry of a circular pipe instead of using some other coordinate systems. It is therefore important to understand how to convert between the different coordinate systems. This write-up explains the procedure to convert from Cartesian to Polar coordinates coordinate systems....
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2011 for the course ENGR 1412 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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