# written IN a coordinate system

## English translation: written in Cartesian coordinates

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 11:56 Nov 7, 2007
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Science - Science (general) / scientific writing
 English term or phrase: written IN a coordinate system The equations of motion can be written in a Cartesian coordinate system. Something seems wrong with the preposition "in" here. Should I replace it with "with respect to" or, say, "in terms of", or recast the whole sentence somehow?
 Nik-On/OffUkraine Local time: 07:32
 English translation:written in Cartesian coordinates Explanation:I think this is the more common way of putting this. --------------------------------------------------Note added at 2 hrs (2007-11-07 14:00:10 GMT)--------------------------------------------------Even more common (of course): expressed in Cartesian coordinates
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Harry Borsje
Netherlands
Local time: 06:32
 Thank you all!4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

4 +4written in Cartesian coordinatesHarry Borsje
4 +3I should leave it as it is
 Jack Doughty
4 +1it's best left as it is
 Robin Levey

6 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +3
written in a coordinate system
I should leave it as it is

Explanation:
I think it's all right as it stands. You could say "in terms of" but it wouldn't really make any difference.

 Jack DoughtyUnited KingdomLocal time: 05:32Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 52

agree  Ken Cox: I'd say 'formulated' for a more formal register, but IMO 'in' is fine.
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agree
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agree
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15 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
written in a coordinate system
it's best left as it is

Explanation:
It's OK as it stands - consider 'Cartesian coordinate system' as a 'language of expression'.

You wouldn't say 'written *with* English', would you? No, you'd say 'written *in* English'.

In your source text any other preposition would seem inappropriate to an expert.

 Robin LeveyChileLocal time: 01:32Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 4

agree
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40 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +4
written in a coordinate system
written in Cartesian coordinates

Explanation:
I think this is the more common way of putting this.

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Note added at 2 hrs (2007-11-07 14:00:10 GMT)
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Even more common (of course):

expressed in Cartesian coordinates

 Harry BorsjeNetherlandsLocal time: 06:32Specializes in fieldNative speaker of: DutchPRO pts in category: 8
 Thank you all!

agree
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agree
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agree
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