# Cartesian coordinate system

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## Cartesian coordinate system

n.
A coordinate system in which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set of perpendicular lines that intersect at an origin, such as two lines in a plane or three in space.

## Car·te·sian coordinate system

(kär-tē′zhən)
A system in which the location of a point is given by coordinates that represent its distances from perpendicular lines that intersect at a point called the origin. A Cartesian coordinate system in a plane has two perpendicular lines (the x-axis and y-axis); in three-dimensional space, it has three (the x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis).
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 Noun 1 Cartesian coordinate system - a coordinate system for which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set perpendicular lines that intersect at the origin of the systemcoordinate system, frame of reference, reference frame, reference system - a system that uses coordinates to establish position
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The Cartesian equation of the curve is then [x.sup.2]y = 4[a.sup.2] (2a - y).
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The next task is to find the Cartesian equation of each branch, which requires getting an expression for y in terms of x.

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