Coordinate System

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A Coordinate System is a mathematical system that uses coordinates to uniquely determine the position of a point.



  • (Wikipedia, 2015) ⇒ Retrieved:2015-11-7.
    • In geometry, a coordinate system is a system which uses one or more numbers, or coordinates, to uniquely determine the position of a point or other geometric element on a manifold such as Euclidean space. [1] The order of the coordinates is significant and they are sometimes identified by their position in an ordered tuple and sometimes by a letter, as in "the x-coordinate". The coordinates are taken to be real numbers in elementary mathematics, but may be complex numbers or elements of a more abstract system such as a commutative ring. The use of a coordinate system allows problems in geometry to be translated into problems about numbers and vice versa ; this is the basis of analytic geometry.
  1. Woods p. 1