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January 8th, 2008, 01:19 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2008 Posts: 5 Thanks: 0  Converting cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates
Hey everybody, i have a function in relation to x,y and z. how can i convert this function in a polar coordinate system depending on r and two angles? thanks! 
January 8th, 2008, 01:26 PM  #2  
Global Moderator Joined: May 2007 Posts: 6,341 Thanks: 532  Re: Converting cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates Quote:
y=rsinucosv z=rsinv r nonnegative, u<=pi, v<=pi/2  
January 9th, 2008, 04:37 AM  #3 
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ok thanks so my new function is F(rcosucosv,rsinucosv,rsinv) ? What happens if i have an equation, e.g. F(x,y,z) = a Do I have to translate the a too? Or do i just write: F(rcosucosv,rsinucosv,rsinv) = a 
January 9th, 2008, 07:25 AM  #4  
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January 9th, 2008, 09:03 AM  #5 
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yep ok i got that. so what about derivatives? the problem is, i dont know the actual function, it is a differential equation. So there is just a * F"(x,y,z) + b * F(x,y,z) = 0 I translate this function to polar coordinates, what changes for the derivative? 
January 9th, 2008, 01:35 PM  #6  
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