Canonical Coordinates

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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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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.
 
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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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