cartesian coordinate system


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cartesian coordinate system

[kär′tē·zhən kō′ȯrd·nət ‚sis·təm]
(mathematics)
A coordinate system in n dimensions where n is any integer made by using n number axes which intersect each other at right angles at an origin, enabling any point within that rectangular space to be identified by the distances from the n lines. Also known as rectangular cartesian coordinate system.
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Thus, the calculation accuracy of the traditional way to establish the element local Cartesian coordinate system is heavily dependent on the element regularity.
Thus, as a main hypothesis, I postulate that the ancient Incan astronomers might have developed a method of defining the location of points on a plane based on their distances from two fixed, perpendicular, straight lines (axes), that is, concepts that prefigure the two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, which knot makers/keepers encoded on khipu.
Using Eglash's Virtual Bead Loom program, you can experiment with the Cartesian coordinate system to make your own beautiful works of art.
The latter finding indicates that the spatial distribution of the cue inhibitory effects is based on a Cartesian coordinate system.
The specific situation considered is a plane aperture A contained in an infinitesimally thin screen S that occupies the xy-plane of a Cartesian coordinate system and is illuminated from the half space z < 0 by a normally incident monochromatic plane wave with irradiance [E.
Drawing pictures does require knowledge of the standard Cartesian coordinate system.
Another question that can be asked is why the 3D Cartesian coordinate system uses 90[degrees] between any two of the six half-axes in the positive or negative direction?
In this contribution, we used the three-dimensional integration in a local Cartesian coordinate system (x,y,z), while approximating the earth surface by a piece-wise constant function F(x,y)=H.
The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth (Glass 1998) imaginatively recreates the story of Rene Descartes and the Cartesian coordinate system.