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designer: Michael Danziger
educational validator: John Belcher
published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
supported by the National Science Foundation
This item is an interactive 3D Shockwave simulation that illustrates the different types of coordinate systems often used in studying electromagnetism: cartesian, cylindrical (polar), and spherical. Each system has a distinct set of principle axes, represented by the three surfaces. Users may toggle among the three systems, move each system in any direction, and control the observation point in the three different principle directions.

This item is part of a collection of visualizations developed by the MIT TEAL project to supplement an introductory course in calculus-based electricity and magnetism. Lecture notes, labs, and presentations are also available as part of MIT's Open Courseware Repository:
MIT Open Courseware: Electricity and Magnetism

Please note that this resource requires Shockwave.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Mathematical Tools
- Coordinate Systems
- Vector Algebra
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- application/shockwave
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MIT Open Courseware (OCW): http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/terms/terms/index.htm
Keywords:
3D simulation, 3D vector fields, 3D visualization, Vector Fields, cartesian coordinates, interactive simulations, polar coordinates, representations, spherical coordinates, three-dimensional simulation, vector field simulation, vectors, visualization
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Metadata instance created March 31, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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April 15, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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July 31, 2008
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm).
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MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm>.
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MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems. (2008, July 31). Retrieved December 21, 2014, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm
Chicago Format
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 21 December 2014).
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MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. 31 July 2008. National Science Foundation. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/CoordinateSystems/coordsystems.htm>.
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@misc{ Title = {MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems}, Publisher = {Massachusetts Institute of Technology}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {21 December 2014}, Month = {July 31, 2008}, Year = {2004} }
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MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Fields Visualizations - Coordinate Systems:

Is Part Of MIT Physics 8.02 - Vector Fields Visualizations

A link to the full set of visualizations and Java applets relating to vector field, also created by MIT's TEAL project.

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