General Coordinate Transformations

In summary, a general coordinate transformation is a mathematical process used to convert coordinates from one coordinate system to another. They are important because they allow for easier analysis and communication between different fields of study. There are several types of coordinate transformations, including linear, affine, and nonlinear. They can be applied to any number of dimensions and are used in real-world applications such as navigation, computer graphics, and physics.
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Neitrino
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Gents,

Could you please help me:

Speaking about General Coordinate Transformations, one speaks always generally. Are there any explicit expressions for General Coordinate Transformations? Like in SR speaking about Lorentz Transfrmations one recalls Lorentz Matrixes.

Maybe I'm not quite precise, but I'm trying to fit my question to my misunderstanding.

Thks
 
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Nope,nothing but a 4*4 matrix of derivatives in the general case (4 dimensional manifold).

Daniel.
 
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Sometimes people ascribe a name to the coordiante transformation associated with an accelerated observer, the "Bogoliubov transforms". I don't think they have a closed form expression, though.
 

Related to General Coordinate Transformations

1. What is a general coordinate transformation?

A general coordinate transformation is a mathematical process that converts coordinates from one coordinate system to another. This is commonly used in geometry, physics, and engineering to describe the position, orientation, or motion of an object or system.

2. Why are general coordinate transformations important?

General coordinate transformations are important because they allow us to describe the same physical phenomenon in different coordinate systems, making it easier to analyze and understand. They also allow for easier comparison and communication between different fields of study that may use different coordinate systems.

3. What types of coordinate transformations are there?

There are several types of coordinate transformations, including linear transformations, affine transformations, and nonlinear transformations. Linear transformations preserve the shape and size of objects, while affine transformations allow for translation, rotation, and scaling. Nonlinear transformations can be more complex and may involve distortion or warping of the coordinate system.

4. Can coordinate transformations be applied to any number of dimensions?

Yes, coordinate transformations can be applied to any number of dimensions. They are commonly used in two or three dimensions, but can also be extended to higher dimensions, such as in the study of spacetime in physics.

5. How are coordinate transformations used in real-world applications?

Coordinate transformations are used in various real-world applications, such as in navigation systems, computer graphics, and computer-aided design (CAD). They are also used in physics and engineering to describe the motion and behavior of objects in different coordinate systems, and in geographic information systems (GIS) to map and analyze geographical data.

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