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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Problem with center of mass in polar coordinates

When we calculate center of mass using rectangular coordinates, we find the average values in each coordinate. Obviously we can't do this very same thing in polar coordinates: if we integrated a ...
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Is there a spherical coordinates system for vectors of complex numbers?

Suppose I have a scalar field $f(\vec{x})$, where $\vec{x}\in\mathbb{R}_3$, and I wish to average $f$ over a sphere $|\vec{x}|=R$: $\displaystyle\langle f\rangle_{R} = \frac{\int_{S} f(\vec{x})\, ...
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Volume of solid by Spherical

Trouble setting up the integrals for this problem. Find the volume of the solid bounded by $x^2 + y^2 = 1, z = 0$, $z = 6$, $y\geq 1/2$. Use integration with Spherical coordinates. (Hint: Use two ...
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Short question about spherical coordinates

If I have a vector orthogonal to the $x$-$y$ plane of an $xyz$ axis system, I mean, a vector with just $z$ component: How can I express it in spherical coordinates?
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Calculus 3 Spherical coordinates: I'm not sure how to set this up.

find the volume of the region enclosed by the sphere x^2+y^2+z^2=324 and the cylinder (x-9)^2+y^2=81 by using spherical coordinates. I'm just not seeing how to convert this into a form where spherical ...
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Integrating a jacobian to find the volume.

I want to solve the following: Prove that $$\displaystyle \int_R \sin^{n-2}\phi_1 \sin^{n-3}\phi_2\cdots\sin \phi_{n-2} d\theta d\phi_1\cdots d\phi_{n-2} = \frac{2\pi^{n/2}}{\Gamma(n/2)}$$ where $ ...
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Setting up triple integral in spherical coordinates

Integrate $f(x, y, z) = z^2$ over $A = \{(x, y, z) \in \mathbb{R^3} | x^2+y^2+z^2 \leq R^2, x^2 + y^2 + z^2 \leq 2RZ\}$ I know $A$ is the intersection between two spheres but I am unable to figure ...
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Mass of a sphere of radius 1. [closed]

A sphere of radius 1 is given. Using spherical coordinates, solve for the Mass. Density varies directly with the square of the distance from the center of the ball.
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How to compute the following Jacobian

I need to show that the Jacobian of the n-dimensional spherical coordinates is $$\displaystyle r^{n-1}\sin^{n-2}\phi_1\sin^{n-3}\phi_2\cdots\sin\phi_{n-2}$$ then I have computed the Jacobian matrix, ...
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Translation matrix in spherical coordinates system

I'm using WorldWind software to draw segments (polyline) on the globe to materialize an aircraft flightplan. Each point in a flightplan is named waypoint. Waypoints are expressed in geographical ...
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sphere-sphere intersection

Let $ S_1 : (x-1)^2 +y^2+z^2=1 $ $S_2 : x^2 +y^2 +z^2 =1$ $S_3 : (x+1)^2 +y^2 +z^2 =1 $ Find the volume of the solid inside $S_2$ and outside $S_1$ and $S_3$, using triple integrals. I have try ...
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x1, y1 and radius are given - can anything be assumed about x2, y2?

I have a list of lat/lng coordinates. Given the coordinates x1, y1, and a radius r -- is there anything I can assume about the coordinates that fall within the radius of x1, y1? For example, can I ...
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Does anybody know how to actually derive spherical harmonics in a way that is historically accurate and intuitive?

And by "historically accurate", I mean without resorting to techniques of derivation which were developed after the fact or explanations which use the very concept they're trying to explain. The few ...
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Find geo coordinate by a coordinate and an angle

I need some help with this problem. I have a GPS coordinate and an angle in degrees. I need a new GPS coordinate x km away from the point I already have. Degree is counted clockwise and y-axis is ...
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Spherical Coordinates ( plane y = -x)

I am attempting to express the plane y = -x in spherical coordinates. Is there any clean way to do this? I have expressions for rho, theta, and phi in my text book but I don't think anyone of those ...
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On the equidistant distribution of $n$ points on a sphere $S^2$ by algorithm and their “validity” measures by statistical methods

I have found an algorithm for distributing $n$ points $P_0, P_1, ..., P_n$ (approximately) equidstantly on a sphere where $$\varphi_i = \pi(\phi - 1)i \qquad \theta_i= \mathrm {asin} (2i/n - 1), ...
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Evaluating integrals in R^m

Let $|\cdot|_m$ denote the Euclidean norm in $\mathbb{R}^m$. Then I wish to prove that $\displaystyle\int\limits_{\mathbb{R}^m}|x|_me^{-|x|_m}dx<\infty$ It's kinda embarrassing to say this, but ...
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Parametrization of sphere including constant inclination $(\theta, i)$ geodesics

Find parametrization of sphere with respect to $\theta$ = constant meridians and i = constant inclination geodesic circles passing through N-S axis and E-W axis respectively. The Earth does not rotate ...
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Can anyone check if this correct?

Convert to spherical coordinates and evaluate:$$\iiint_{E}z(x^2+y^2+z^2)^{-3/2}dV$$ where E is the region satisfying the following inequalities:$$x^2+y^2+z^2\le16,z\ge 2$$ This is what i have done so ...
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Cartesian to Spherical Coordinate Conversion for Triple Integral

I have a question regarding what happens to the boundaries when converting a triple integral from Cartesian to Spherical Coordinates. Example ...
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Manifolds, coordinate systems, books

Which books, say Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds or Munkres' Analysis on Manifolds explains how the theory of a differentiable manifolds can be used to solve a problem that is expressed in a ...
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Solutions of the Laplace Equation in spherical coordinates

I would like some help with the following problem. Thanks for any help in advance. Use spherical coordinates to find all solutions of the Laplace equation ∆u(x)=0, u∈Ω⊂R3 that depend only on the ...
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distance in n-dimensional space

According to answer of this question : Distance between 2 points in 3D space (in spherical polar coordinates) The distance between 2 points in 3 dimensional space is : $$ ...
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Solving a non-linear, multivariable system of equations

I'm researching the mathematics behind GPS, and at the moment I'm trying to get my head around how to solve the following system of equations: $\sqrt{(x-x_1)^2+(y-y_1)^2+(z-z_1)^2}=r_1$ ...
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The geometric meaning of certain mappings written in cylindrical or spherical coordinates

What is the geometric meaning of the following mappings, that are written in cylindrical coordinates? The mappings are: $$(r, \theta, z) \rightarrow(r, \theta , -z) \\ (r, \theta , z) \rightarrow (r, ...
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Cylindrical - Spherical coordinates

We are given a point in cylindrical coordinates $(r, \theta , z)$ and we want to write it into spherical coordinates $(\rho , \theta , \phi)$. To do that do we have to write them first into ...
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Radius of the Earth at N32.704220, W90.000000?

I want to express a point on a map in radian spherical coordinates. By Google maps, this location is north of Canton, MS, USA just a few hundred feet from US 51. In radian spherical coordinates, ...
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$\delta$ in spherical coordinates: $\int_0^R\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^{\pi}\delta(\theta-\pi/2)(r^2\sin(\theta)\,d\theta \,d\phi \,dr)$

Suppose you have a disc of radius $R$, we can find its area in polar coordinates by: $$\int_0^R\int_0^{2\pi}(r\,d\phi \,dr)=\pi r^2$$ Naively, I also expect to be able to integrate in spherical ...
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Intensity distribution of a Lambertian LED as a function of angle

I have a practical spherical geometry problem that I'm having trouble cracking. I'm illuminating a planar surface with an LED that has a Lambertian intensity distribution, i.e. the intensity drops off ...
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Finding the (unit) direction vector given azimuth and elevation

I want to calculate a unit direction vector of a direction with given the azimuth and elevation (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azimuth), respectively $$\alpha \in [0^{\circ},360^{\circ}), \qquad ...
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Convert $x^2+y^2+z^2=49$ to spherical coordinates

I really need your help to convert this $x^2+y^2+z^2=49$ to spherical coordinates. I tried it and I got $(R\sin\phi\cos\theta)^2+(R\sin\phi\sin\theta)^2+(R\cos\phi)^2=49$. But it says that it is ...
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Spherical distance

The spherical distance between two points (P1=(0,0,1) P2=($\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}}$,$\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}}$,$-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$) ) is $\frac{5\pi }{6}$ I am at a loss as to how the spherical distance was ...
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Mapping Coordinates on a Plane Tangent to a Sphere into Cartesian Coordinates in 3D Space

Before we begin, I must ask you to keep the vocabulary at high school level. These variables define the point the plane needs to be tangent to – the center of the circle is at the origin. r - defines ...
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Can someone help me convert definitions of hip movement in Cartesian coordinates into spherical coordinates?

I am a biomechanist. I am having a problem converting an idea in Cartesian coordinates $(x,y,z)$ to spherical coordinates $(r,\theta,\phi)$. I wondered if someone could help me. I can physically ...
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Center of mass of a trick sphere-cone intersection

B is the solid region occupying the space situated inside the sphere of radius R centered at the origin and above the cone of equation $z = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2}$. The B density is proportional to the ...
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How do I calculate opposite / most distanced coordinates on the earth?

If i get this coordinates: City Coordinates: 43°52′0″N 18°25′0″E φ Latitude °N, λ Longitude °E (of Map center): (43.8562586, 18.413076300000057) How do i determine most distant / opposite ...
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Extract Spherical Harmonics from integral

In physics we may find integrals in the format $ I = \int \mathrm{d}b \, b^2 F(b) \mathrm{d}\Omega' \frac{Y_l^m(\theta',\phi')}{|{\bf a} - {\bf b}|^2} $ where the vector ${\bf a}$ has spherical ...
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Drawing ellipse as google.maps.Polygon with 8 points

In a web page using Google Maps JavaScript API v3 (including Geometry library) I currently draw an ellipse as a "diamond" with 4 corner points by the following JavaScript code: ...
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How do you represent a vector that points to an arbitrary point on a sphere of radius R?

Is it just $$v = R \hat{r} + \theta\hat{\theta} + \psi \hat{\psi}$$ That doesn't seem right as the unit is not correct.
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Transform Confocal Ellipsodal to Spherical Coordinates

I heard that someone published a paper showing that the confocal ellipsoidal coordinate system can transform into the spherical coordinates under special limit evaluations, however I was unable to ...
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Writing same equation in different forms

I am working with a unit circle with imaginary integration. I know from experience that this can be written as $f(\theta)=\cos t+ i \sin t$ or $e^{i \theta } $ My question would be if i have a circle ...
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Vector flux through a segment of a sphere

Given the vector field $\vec A(\vec r) = \vec r$, I have to calculate the vector flux through a sphere whose center is located in the origin. I want to apply Gauß-Theorem and use spherical ...
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Cartesian to spherical coordinate system

Hey I want to convert Cartesian to spherical coordinate system. I referred many site and for calculating elevation angle $\theta$ from positive z axis they all used formula $\arctan \frac { ...
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Surface integral of $x^4+y^4+z^4$ over the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=a^2$

After doing regular methodology have reached upto integral shown in figure , but when i eliminate z from it it becomes very complicated to solve .Is there any other way to solve this .Thanks
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Is the spherical harmonic representation of a 2D field independent of grid?

What I am currently unable to understand is whether the spherical harmonic representation of a 2D field is in any way tied to the nature of the grid on which decomposition/composition is performed. I ...
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Spherical coordinates and the Law of Cosines

I have one question on my project. I am assuming earth is a perfect sphere. How can I get from the Law of Cosines $$\cos(c)=\cos(\operatorname{lat} A)\cos(\operatorname{lat} ...
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Numeric Integration of a Surface Element in Spherical Coordinates

I know Area is related to spherical coordiantes by $dA = r^{2}sin(\theta) d\theta d\phi$ So numerical values should become $\Delta A = r^{2}sin(\theta)*\Delta\theta\Delta\Phi$ However, I'm unsure ...
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Cartesian partial derivatives in spherical coordinates, relation to gradient

Looking at Spherical coordinates on MathWorld, I see a lot of overlap between equation 97 and the definition of the gradient of a spherical system (equation 33). The gradient's components for each of ...
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Area of surface parametrized in spherical coordinates

Suppose we have a smooth, bounded, closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ which can be parametrized by giving the distance from the origin as a function $r(\varphi,\theta)$ of spherical angles ...
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How to tell if two spherical coordinates lie on the same plane

I have the rho, theta, and phi values of two points, how can one tell that two vectors are normal to the same plane by looking at their spherical coordinates?