the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
the National Science Foundation
This three-dimensional simulation illustrates the different types of coordinate systems often used in studying electricity and magnetism: cartesian, cylindrical (polar), and spherical. It was developed to help students visualize vector fields to prepare them for studying electric and magnetic fields. No mathematics is presented. Each coordinate system has a distinct set of principle axes, represented by the three surfaces. Students may easily toggle among the three systems, move each system in any direction, and control the observation point in the three principle directions.
This item is part of a collection of visualizations developed by the MIT TEAL project. Lecture notes, labs, and Power Point presentations are also available as part of MIT's Open Courseware Repository: MIT Open Courseware: Electricity and Magnetism
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MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems. (2008, July 31). Retrieved October 31, 2014, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm
National Science Foundation. MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 31, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm (accessed 31 October 2014).
MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. 31 July 2008. National Science Foundation. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm>.
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