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Uniqueness/ Non-uniquenss of Cartesian & Polar Coordinates

  1. May 1, 2005 #1
    What is the difference in the "uniqueness" of the representations of Cartesian coordinates and in polar coordinates? :confused: Also, what is the non-uniqueness?
     
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  3. May 1, 2005 #2

    James R

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    Take an example:

    The point with unique cartesian coordinates (1,0) has many possible polar coordinates, such as [itex](1,0), (1, 2\pi), (1,4\pi)[/itex].

    Non-uniqueness is having multiple expressions for the same point.
     
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