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Chris Bore

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"Implied shape" of a coordinate system
Posted: Apr 28, 2009 7:21 AM
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Is there an agreed term for the shape that is naturally defined by a
coordinate system?

By this I mean, the shape that is enclosed by incrementing each of the
coordinates from some non-zero starting point.

For example a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system 'naturally'
defines a cuboid, a cylindrical polar coordinate system naturally
defines a cylinder, and a spherical polar coordinate system
'naturally' defines a segment of a cone with rounded base and top.

In this thread:

the term "implied shape" is used with the meaning that I have in mind,
but I find no other web references to this term.

Note that the shape is not necessarily that of the coordinate system.
For example the spherical polar coordinates could be said to define a
sphere, but its 'natural shape' by my definition is a truncated cone
whose base and top are spherically curved surfaces. Also, there is
some notion of the shape being 'aligned' in some way with the
coordinate axes (thought not necessarily with the origins).


Chris Bore
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