Elliptic Cylindrical Coordinates

1. Jun 20, 2009

nassboy

Is there a cylindrical coordinate system that is centered about the foci of an ellipse. It would include (r,theta,z) just like cylindrical coordinates only for an ellipse.

If this coordinate system exists, what is the laplacian?

Chris

2. Jun 20, 2009

Civilized

3. Jun 20, 2009

nassboy

I wasn't sure if those coordinate systems were exactly what I wanted....they aren't focci centered.

4. Jun 20, 2009

Vortexman

Can't you just perform a simple affine transformation so that the origin is at one of the foci? Of course, using the chain rule to incorporate this shift would slightly alter the form of your Laplacian.