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Homework Help: Cartesian and Polar Coordinates

  1. Oct 19, 2004 #1
    What are the differences in the "uniqueness" of the representations in Cartesian coordinates and in polar coordinates?
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  3. Oct 19, 2004 #2


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    Do you mean this?

    Distinct rectangular coordinates map to distinct points.
    However, distinct polar coordinates don't always map to distinct points.
    For example, [tex](r = 0, \theta=0)[/tex] and [tex](r = 0, \theta=\pi/3)[/tex] map to the same point.
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