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Canonical Coordinates

  1. May 27, 2008 #1
    What are canonical coordinates???
    Im trying to convert a basis of R^2 into canonical coordinates but i do not know what they are. Are they the ones such as: e1, e2, and e3
     
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  3. May 27, 2008 #2
    Yes, according to Wikipedia, the canonical basis of R^n is another word for the standard basis. (e_1, e_2, ..., e_n)

    So if you had a vector in terms of your basis, you'd just have to rewrite it in terms of the standard basis.
     
  4. May 27, 2008 #3
    good, thanks, okay...
    so if A= ([ 1] [1])
    ...........([-1],[1])
    and is a basis of R^2 how would i convert this into canonical coordinates???
     
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