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IEVref: | 113-03-73 | ID: | |

Language: | en | Status: Standard | |

Term: | generalized coordinate | ||

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Symbol: | q_{i}
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Definition: | one of the coordinates that is used to describe the position within a system, where i = 1, 2, …, N, and N is the degree of freedom or lowest number of coordinates necessary to fully define the positionNOTE The unit depends on the type of representation of the system. In mechanics, the generalized coordinates may be length or angle. | ||

Publication date: | 2011-04 | ||

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Internal notes: | 2014-07-10: Symbol <i>q</i><sub><i>i</sub> corrected to <i>q</i><sub><i>i</i></sub>. JGO 2017-06-02: Cleanup - Remove Attached Image 113-03-73en.gif | ||

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NOTE The unit depends on the type of representation of the system. In mechanics, the generalized coordinates may be length or angle.