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# Curvilinear Coordinates

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## Abstract

In many applications physical systems possess symmetry. For instance, the magnetic field of an infinite vertical wire with a current flowing through it has a cylindrical symmetry (i.e. the field depends only on the distance from the wire), while the field radiated by a point source has the characteristic spherical symmetry (i.e. depends only on the distance from the source).

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Unit Vector Basis Cartesian Unit Base Vectors General Curvilinear Coordinate System Differential Line Element Coordinate Surface
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