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Reference Frames

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To delineate the general trajectory of a body mathematically or graphically one needs an observational space reference frame. In physics a reference frame is meant to be a concrete realization of a conceptional reference system with a choice of a coordinate system—meaning: a system of coordinates, such as rectangular (Cartesian), polar, or cylindrical coordinates, adapted to the symmetry of the problem—having a specific origin and orientation. (Note that “reference frame” and “coordinate system” are used in the literature almost synonymously.)

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Walter, U. (2018). Reference Frames. In: Astronautics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74373-8_13

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