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In Arfken(6rd edi.), p.104 around eqn(2.3),

~~In general, these unit vectors will depend on the position in space. Then a vector may be written,

[tex]V=\hat {q_{1}}V_{1}+ \hat q_{2} V_{2}+ \hat q_{3} V_{3}[/tex]

[tex] \underline{\mbox{but the coordinate or position vector is different in general,}}\\

r \neq \hat q_{1} V_{1}+ \hat q_{2} V_{2}+ \hat q_{3} V_{3} , [/tex]

[tex]

\mbox{as the special case}[/tex]

[tex] r=r\hat r \\\\\\\ \mbox{for spherical polar coordinates and}\\\\\\\\ r= \rho \hat \rho +z \hat z \\\\\\\\\\ \mbox {for cylindrical coordinates demonstrate. \cdots} [/tex]

What's the meaning of the underlined sentence?

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# Homework Help: Please explain about general coordiante

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