The cylindrically and the spherically symmetric harmonic oscillators are considered by means of matrix techniques in a basis that is appropriate for each symmetry. For example, the spherically symmetric oscillator is described by the radial and angular momentum quantum numbers. The energy eigenvalues and the matrix elements of the promotion-demotion operators are found in each case. By expressing the operators in curvilinear coordinates, the promotion-demotion operators are used to deduce the form of the corresponding wave functions.

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