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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 writeup 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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