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Homework Help: Contact Transformation Problem

  1. Oct 14, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If an infinitesimal segment of a curve (dy,dx) in a 2-D space, having a slope p, is transformed to (dY,dX) with a new slope P, find the transformation to do this. Such a transformation should be called a ‘contact transformation’.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I assumed X=X(x,y) and Y=Y(x,y)

    Then, dY=(∂Y/∂x)dx+(∂Y/∂y)dy and dX=(∂X/∂x)dx+(∂X/∂y)dy with (dY/dX)=P

    Again, dy=(∂y/∂X)dX+(∂y/∂Y)dY and dx=(∂x/∂X)dX+(∂x/∂Y)dY with (dy/dx)=p

    To specify the transformation,I need to specify the matrix elements: a11,a12,a21,a22
    which are respectively,[the matrix is (dX,dY)=Matrix(dx,dy)]


    The above equations gave me four relations:





    Do these relations (I notice 4 equations and 4 unknowns) give unique solutions?...Somehow, I am making mess with the solution part.Actually, though there are 4 equations,I am not sure if I can write the inverse of C and D as



    Can anyone please suggest the significance of the "contact transformation" term?
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