Ok, here is my problem. I haven't taken anything vector related since at least one year ago. And back then, I wasn't such a good student.. So now my past has come back to haunt me..(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I still have some basic notions, but other than that, I pretty much forgot things..

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Can someone please explain to me why i_{r}= cosθ . i + sinθ . j and iθ = -sinθ.i + cosθ. j ?

Why isn't for example i_{θ}= -cosθ.i + sinθ.j?

Our teacher told us that these two are formulas. Or do they vary in each case?

(i_{r}, i_{θ}, i and j are vectors.)

Thanks in advance for your help.

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