# A learn's puzzle on transformation equation

1. Aug 24, 2010

### atreess

Hi, I'm a new learner of CM and I was stuck at the very beginning. TT
The transformation equation is ri=ri(q1,q2,...,qn,t)
I wonder why t should be in the bracket.
Aren't r determined by these independent coordinates？ Isn't t already contained in them?

Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
2. Aug 24, 2010

### gabbagabbahey

Certainly the $q_{i}$ can have some time-dependence, and that gives $r_{i}$ implicit time-dependence. But, you can also choose to define some new coordinates $r_{i}$ with explicit dependence on time.

For example, consider a particle in 1-D motion described by $x(t)=v_0t$. There is no reason you can't define a new variable $q(x,t)=3x+a_0 t^2$, if you have some use for that transformation.

3. Aug 25, 2010