Questions on spherical coordinates, a three-dimensional coordinate system where a point is represented in terms of its distance from the origin, and its latitude and longitude angles (or complements thereof).

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Sampling on Axis-Aligned Spherical Quad

Given spherical coordinates on a unit sphere, imagine a spherical quad defined by two ranges $[\phi_0,\phi_1]$ and $[\theta_0,\theta_1]$. If you have a globe, for example, the grid formed by the ...
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How to compute triple integral in spherical coordinates

I need to compute: $\displaystyle\int \int \int z dxdydz$ over the domain: $\left\{x^2+y^2+z^2\leqslant 16,z\geqslant 0\right\}$ Im trying to use spherical coords as: \begin{equation} ...
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When is separation of variables possible?

In classical PDE courses it is common to learn to perform a change of variables without really learning how to find the adequate equations of the change (polar coordinates or spherical are just plain ...
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Spherical-Coordinate Reference Frame

my problem looks apparently easy but I can figure out a solution. I'm going through a paper about the Boltzmann equation and I got stuck with this change of coordinates. The original formula for Q ...
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Distance between two points in spherical coordinates

I want to find the distance between two points in spherical coordinates, so I want to express $||x-x'||$ where $x=(r,\theta, \phi)$ and $x' = (r', \theta',\phi')$ by the respective components. Is this ...
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Cylindrical and Spherical Coordinates

I dont fully get the parameter switching in this one: $A)$ Calculate by converting to cylindrical coordinates: $\iiint_G(x^2-y^2)^2dV$ where $G$ is the body in the 1st octant which is between ...
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Implicit partial derivative of a spherical cap

Consider a spherical cap, for which the base radius is $a$ and the height is $h$. Then, the surface area and volume is (these equations can be found on Wolfram Mathworld) $A(a,h) = \pi(a^2 +h^2)$, ...
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Unit vectors in spherical co-ordinate system

I see that a vector can be described in spherical co-ordinates, with respect to it's cartesian co-ordinates as $$ ...
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converting kph and heading to xyz velocity vector

I am writing software (in C++) that is required to send out messages from our simulation system to another simulation system. Problem is we track the simulation object's current speed (kph) and ...
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Surface area of the part of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=a^2$ that is inside the cylinder $x^2+y^2=ax$

I've been solving some surface area problems lately, but I don't think that the same approach that I was using will work with this one (or at least will result in a lot work). So, I believe I should ...
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How to find Latitudes and Longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane below earth's surface?

I want to find out the latitudes and longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane inside the earth's surface. I know dimensions of rectangle, angles of orientation and latitude and ...
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Coordinates of tilted circle.

The original question is as follows: Imagine a wire located at the intersection of $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ and $x+y+z=0$, whose density depends on position according to $\rho({\bf x})=x^2$ per unit length. ...
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Interesting question about a measurement using $J^2$

I really dont understand how to do part d)iv) on this question. This seems strange as it is only worth 2 marks? What step am I missing, I feel this may be rather obvious to others. for part d)i) I ...
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N points in a circle around a point on a sphere.

Consider a 3D sphere: $(x_{c}, y_{c}, z_{c})$ : cartesian coordinates of the center $r$ : the radius Consider a random point on the surface of this sphere of coordinates : $(x_{0}, y_{0}, ...
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Projecting non-central Gaussian on a sphere?

Suppose I have an $n$-dimensional Gaussian random variable with mean $\mu\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and covariance matrix $\sigma^2I_n$, where $I_n$ is the identity matrix. If I condition on the distribution ...
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grouping geographical points in spherical bins

I want to create spherical bins in the Earth's surface which will encompass already distributed geographical points for subsequent purposes. The two requirements are that the spherical bins should ...
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New Axis calculation

I have a task whereby I use an accelerometer to calculate acceleration for a vehicle. The problem I am attempting to solve is to allow the accelerometer to be in any oriertaion. Basically I have a ...
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How do I find the limits for $\iiint_{W} \frac{dx dy dz}{(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^{\frac{3}{2}}}$?

Evaluate $\iiint_{W} \frac{dx dy dz}{(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^{\frac{3}{2}}}$ where $W$ is the solid bounded by the two spheres $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = a^2$ and $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = b^2$ where $0 < b < a$. ...
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Integral using spherical coordinates

I am trying to compute the volume of the following set : intersection of cylinder $x^2 + y^2 \leq R$ and sphere $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 \leq 4R^2$. I am having trouble setting up the integral properly ...
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Volume element in spherical coordinates

In spherical coordinates, we have $ x = r \sin \theta \cos \phi $; $ y = r \sin \theta \sin \phi $; and $z = r \cos \theta $; so that $dx = \sin \theta \cos \phi\, dr + r \cos \phi \cos \theta ...
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volume in spherical coordinates

I am trying to find the region bounded by the sphere $p = 2\cos\psi$ and hemisphere $p=1$, $z\geq 0$. Not quiet sure not to do this problem, so please help.
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vector components and dot product with unit vector

$E_{0}\hat z=\vec E_{0}rcos\theta=E_{0}cos\theta\, \hat r$ and $E_{0}cos\theta\, \hat r\circ \hat r =E_{0}cos\theta$ This just doesn't look right to me for some reason...
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Showing the uniqueness of the solution to some problem?

I have faced problems proving all kinds of uniqueness theorems but this one I've come across seems particularly tricky to me. Can you help me? The function g(x,y,z) is zero for r²>a² (where ...
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Distortion in spherical coordinates

I'm trying to realized 3d models of stones. My idea was to create a 2D random angular distribution with opportune correlation, namely $R(\theta,\varphi)=rand(\theta,\varphi,c_l)$ where ...
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Proof of $\vec(r) \times \nabla$ in spherical coordinates

My professor claims, that $\vec{r} \times \vec{\nabla} = \vec{e}_{\varphi} \frac{\partial}{\partial \vartheta} - \vec{e}_{\vartheta} \frac{1}{r\sin \vartheta} \frac{\partial}{\partial \varphi}$ in ...
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Curl of a function with only angular dependence

Let a function in spherical coordinates $$\vec F(\vec r) = \int{ d^3\vec r\,' \vec j(\vec r\,') } \,e^{-ik\hat r \cdot \vec r \,'}$$ Where $\vec j$ is a vector function. So $\vec F$ only depends on ...
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Del on Riemannian manifolds

I was supposed to figure out what $grad(div(e_r))$ is, where $e_r$ is the unit vector in spherical coordinates. In the following I assume $g:=diag(1,r^2,r^2sin^2(\theta))$ be the metric tensor. My ...
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Find a vector in cartesian coordinates given its relative location to another vector in spherical coordinates

Here is my problem: -I have an arbitrary normalized vector N in cartesian coordinates -I am trying to find normalized vector M, also in cartesian coordinates -I am given the azimuth and polar ...
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How to find $\nabla$ in spherical coordinates

I want to derive(!) just a few components like the $\hat{e}_r$ component of the divergence operator in spherical coordinates and the $\hat{e}_{\phi}$ component of the curl operator in spherical ...
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A basic question on surface area of spherical cap of sphere

Consider a sphere of radius 1. Now chop a spherical cap with latitude line $\phi$ at the bottom of the cap is removed from top (say $0<\phi<\frac{\pi}{2}$). I want to know the surface area of ...
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An error in Wikipedia? (trigonometry)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N-sphere In "Spherical coordinates" section the hyperspherical coordinates are results of arccosinus function. In some other sources there is arccotangent instead: ...
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Laplacian $\frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}(r^2 \frac{\partial \phi }{\partial r})= \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial ^2 }{\partial r^2}(r \phi )$

Does anyone have any intuition on remembering or very quickly deriving that $$\frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}(r^2 \frac{\partial \phi }{\partial r}) = \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial ^2 ...
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Random points in sphere with probability p(r)

How to pick random uniformly distributed points in a sphere has been asked before. The difference is that I don't want uniform distribution, rather I would like the number density to scale by ...
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Mean value of a function over the n-sphere's surface.

We know that we can use the bloch sphere to represent an unitary vectors $v$ in $\mathbb{C}^{2}$, due to the fact $su(2) \approx so(3)$. Then, if we have the function $f:\mathbb{C}^{2} \rightarrow ...
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Laplace operator in Spherical Coordinates, a formal approach

I'd like to show the well-known formula of the Laplacian operator for euclidean $\mathbb{R}^3$ in spherical coordinates: $$ \Delta U = \frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial }{\partial r}\left(r^2\frac{\partial ...
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Conversion to Spherical Coordinates

http://www.physics.usu.edu/Wheeler/QuantumMechanics/QMOrbitalAngularMomentum.pdf Unfortunately, this is the first time I've come across a conversion to spherical coordinates and I'm pretty lost. The ...
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Function psi, vector potential, satisfying conditions

Using spherical polar coordinates ($r, \theta, \phi$) verify that the vector $F = r^{-2}e_r$ is solenoidal. Find the function $\psi(r, \theta)$ such that $A = \frac{\psi(r, \theta)}{rsin ...
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Finding the limits of a triple integral.

Evaluate: $$\iiint_V (x^2+y^2)\:\mathrm{d}x\:\mathrm{d}y\:\mathrm{d}z,$$ where $V$ is the region in the positive octant bounded by the sphere $\|\vec{r}\|=a$. I am unsure how to get the limits of ...
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Volume enclosed by two spheres (triple integral, cylindrical coordinates)

The question: Find the volume of the solid enclosed by the sphere $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - 6z = 0$ , and the hemisphere $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 49 , z ≥ 0$ I set up the triple integral ...
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Find volume of the cap of a sphere of radius R with thickness h

I have to determine the volume aka the formula for the volume for this spherical cap of height h and the radius of the sphere is R. ...
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Finding the volume using spherical coordinates

I am stuck on the limits of integration for rho. I tried 0 but that didn't work. Is this because I'd be finding the area under the $z=2$ plane? Question: Write a ...
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3D Fourier transforms of $e^{-\beta r} $ and $re^{-\beta r} $

I am trying to find the integrals $$\large\int\limits_{\mathbb{R}^3} e^{-\beta \left|\vec{r}\,\right|}e^{i \vec{q} \cdot\,\vec{r}} \mathop{d^3r}$$ $$\large\int\limits_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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How to use geometry to express unit vectors of spherical coordinate system in terms of Cartesian unit vectors

It's quite easy to express unit vector $\hat{r}$ in sum linear combinations of Cartesian unit vectors $\hat{x}$, $\hat{y}$ and $\hat{z}$. But I am not sure how I can use geomtery to find a Cartesian ...
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$\operatorname{div}$ and $\operatorname{grad}$ in spherical coordinates. Formula from general relativity goes crazy

I try to calculate the gradient of a function and the divergence of a vector field in spherical coordinates. Nothing special so far, but a formula that I learned in a general relativity lecture ...
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Equation for calculating azimuth between two points

Does anybody know an equation or approximation for calculating the azimuth as a function of latitudes and longitudes of both the points. For example I have Princeton, NJ is at 40.3571° N, 74.6702° ...
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Conversion of covariance matrix from Cartesian to Spherical coordinates for integration

I have to perform a convolution of a function in polar coordinates $\rho(\textbf{x}) = \rho(r,\theta,\phi)$ with a function $P(\textbf{x}) = P(x,y,z)$ in cartesian coordinates. $\int ...
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Projecting spherical components of a variable point to the unit vector of a fixed point

Consider the following vector function in spherical coordinates: $\mathbf{v} (r, \theta, \phi) = V_{\phi} (r, \theta, \phi) \mathbf{a}_{\phi} = A \delta(r - k) \displaystyle \delta \left( \theta - ...
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Problem with Laplacian while treating polar coordinates as special case of spherical coordinates.

I thought that polar coordinates ($r, \phi$) can be viewed as a special case of cylindrical coordinates ($\rho, \phi, z$) with $z=0$, or as spherical coordinates ($r, \theta, \phi$) with ...
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Find the volume of the solid bounded by the surface given in spherical coordinates by $R = 4-3\cos(\phi)$.

It is worth noting that $R$ in this case denotes the distance from origin to a point $P$ in space. You may be more familiar with $\rho$ instead of $R$. Here is my attempted solution: I am assuming ...
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Center of mass of one octant of a non-homogenous sphere

Find the center of mass of that part of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2 \le a^2$ having $x,y,z \ge 0$ (that is, the part in the first octant) With density given by $\rho(x,y,z)=(x^2+y^2+z^2)^{3/2}$ It ...