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Question on Position Vectors

  • #1

Homework Statement



A position vector (between the origin and point (5,2,3) is expressed as r=5(x hat) + 2(y hat) + 3(z hat). Express vector in cylindrical coordinates.

RHO = SQRT(5^2 + 2^2)
FIE = tan-1(y/x)
Z=3

Clearly, RHO = 5.385, FIE = 21.8, and Z=3.

The answer is given is only 5.385(RHO hat) + 3(z hat)

What is the FIE not included in the final answer?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Hao
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In this case, the vector points from the origin. Hence, there is no PHI component, which would be perpendicular to that vector.
 
  • #3
Aha!! Thank you
 

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