Transformation from cartesian coordinates to polar:
Can you do it now? If you can't, where are you stuck?
I have the following past exam question.
Write down the Cartesian coordinates x and y in terms of the plane polar coordinates r and
Which is easy.
Next, evaluate the jacobian determiant
By considering the matrix equation relating the vectors
and
use this result to obtain an expression for the area element dxdy in plane polar coordinates.
b)Work out the numerical value of the same area integral
over the interior of the circle of radius 2 centred at the origin.