canonical coordinates

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canonical coordinates

[kə′nän·ə·kəl kō′ȯrd·ən·əts]
(mathematics)
Any set of generalized coordinates of a system together with their conjugate momenta.
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defining, respectively, the Hamiltonian function and the conjugate momenta.
Vice-versa, dynamics given by (15) can be reduced by (17) if, and only if, it is possible to define constant conjugate momenta as in (16), i.
The Legendre transformation for the conjugate momenta gives