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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How are arc components of a spherical system derived?

I am studying a flight dynamics book (see Flight Dynamics by Stengel) and am rusty on spherical coordinates. Commonly, aerospace coordinates use a North/East/Down right-hand system. So $z=-h$, ...
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Parameterization of an ellipsoid in spherical coordinates

\begin{align*} 25x^2+16y^2+z^2=1 \\ \frac{x^2}{4^2} + \frac{y^2}{5^2} + \frac{z^2}{20^2} = \frac{1}{20^2} \end{align*} The spherical coordinates are defined as, \begin{align*} x &= \rho ...
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Rotate a unit sphere such as to align it two orthogonal unit vectors

I have two orthogonal vectors $a$, $b$, which lie on a unit sphere (i.e. unit vectors). I want to apply one or more rotations to the sphere such that $a$ is transformed to $c$, and $b$ is transformed ...
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Find a triple integral using spherical coordinates.

Solve the following integral: $$\iiint_{V} \mathrm{d}x\: \mathrm{d}y \:\mathrm{d}z$$ Where $V$ is part of the sphere $x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}=5$ which is above the $xy$ plane and inside the $x^2+y^2=1$ ...
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Volume of the region outside of a cylinder and inside a sphere

The cylinder is $x^2 +y^2 = 1$ and the sphere is $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 4$. I have to find the volume of the region outside the cylinder and inside the sphere. The triple spherical integral for this ...
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Representation of a cone in 3D

I need to find the representation of a cone in the 3D space with the following criteria: It's tip is located at the origin. It opens in the positive direction of the axis (it’s one-sided). The ...
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analytic solution poisson equation spherical coordinates

I'm trying to analitically solve a poisson equation $\nabla^{2}p(r,\theta,\phi)=f(r,\theta)$ in spherical coordinates; the boundary condition is $p(\infty,\theta,\phi)$=0. I'm quite used to the ...
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Integrating over particular grids to obtain Spherical Harmonic coefficients

Theoretically the spherical harmonic expansion coefficients of a function $f$ should be calculated via a continuous integration: $$F_{lm} = \int_{0}^{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\pi} ...
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Smart coordinates for six-dimensional integral

I have a (hopefully) simple question: I am dealing with a definite (on all of $\mathbb{R}^6$) six-dimensional integral $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^6} F(\vec{x}_1,\vec{x}_2)d^3x_1d^3x_2$$ where the function ...
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2-Sphere surface coordinate dimension

Ordinary sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is two-dimensional object (2-sphere), i.e. it requires at least two coordinates to define point on a surface. As I notice, however, there is a catch. If we use ...
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How can I evaluate this integral over a sphere, with surface area element instead of volume element?

$$\int_S (x^2 + y^2)d\sigma,$$ where S is the sphere of radius 1 centered at (0,0,0) and $\sigma$ is surface area. I would like some hints on how to proceed. This is tricky, since I am not being ...
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Help with limits of integration in spherical coordinates

$$\int_\Omega F(\theta,\phi) \sin(\phi) \, d\Omega$$ where $\Omega$ represents the (outer) surface of a spherical cap on a unit sphere. Specifically, let the center of the spherical cap be in some ...
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Problem in deducing gradient in spherical coordinates.

I know the differential displacement in spherical coordinate as $$dr \cdot \widehat{r}+ r d\theta\cdot\widehat{\theta} + r\sin\theta d\phi\cdot \widehat{\phi}$$. But I can't figure out how the ...
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Spherical Parametrization of a Cholesky Decomposition

[Background: Trying to build up my math base knowledge (self-taught) to follow an explanation on page 291 of this document, dealing with spherical parametrization to estimate unknown ...
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Calculating two rotation angles from xyz coordinates for dummies

This post is a bit verbose so that others who come later may benefit from my thick headedness. I am attempting to construct a primitives composition and constructed solids geometry parser/processor ...
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Particular Solutions to Time Independent Nonhomogeneous PDE's in Spherical Coordinates

I find myself working with PDE's like: $$\nabla^2f = G$$ or $$\nabla^2 f + k^2f = G$$ in spherical coordinates. I know that the homogeneous form of these equations (Laplace's and Helmholtz) have ...
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How do I calculate the angles between a point on a sphere and each unit vector in $\Bbb R ^3$?

Given the Cartesian coordinates of any point $p$ on the surface of a sphere in $\Bbb R ^3$, how do I calculate the angles between each axis $(x, y, z)$ and the vector $n$ defined by origin $o$ and ...
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Geometry: What is being calculated here?

Context: I am a computer graphics programmer looking at a code-implementation. I need help understanding a function that has neither been documented properly nor commented. Given a circle with ...
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periodic radial basis function

A have a point cloud ,described in spherical coordinates, which I need to fit with a smooth surface. I'm trying to do this with a bivariate radial basis function network, which operates on a spherical ...
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Coordinates on the sphere not global?

I'm reading a book on differential geometry and some part of the introduction I do not understand but I'm curious to understand it. Maybe someone can try to explain those parts to me. "Each point on ...
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Why must power series count up by integers 0,1,2.. in 3D harmonic oscillator in spherical coordinates?

http://www.physicspages.com/2013/01/17/harmonic-oscillator-in-3-d-spherical-coordinates/ http://quantummechanics.ucsd.edu/ph130a/130_notes/node244.html These are two links that have roughly the same ...
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Using spherical coordinates to find volume of a region

Use spherical coordinates to find the volume of the region lying above $z = \sqrt{3x^2+3y^2}$ and within the $x^2+y^2+z^2=2az$, $a>0$. So far I know that the first graph is a cone and the second ...
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Finding volume of a cone using triple integral

The cone has the formula: $x^2 + y^2 = z^2 , 0≤z≤2$ So I used the cylindrical coordinates to get the following answer: $$\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^2\int_0^2 dz\,rdr\,d\theta = 8\pi$$ In the solution of ...
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Determine the volume of a solid given specific bounds

Determine the volume of the solid enclosed by the paraboloid $z = x^2 + y^2$ and the plane with equation $4x − 2y + z = 0$. Could someone explain to me whether I use double integral polar coordinates ...
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How do I get vectors orthogonal to the one generated by the spherical coordinate formula?

Given a formula: F : ℝ → ℝ → ℝ3 F(θ,φ) = (cos(φ)*sin(θ), sin(φ)*sin(θ), cos(θ)) what are the formulas: ...
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Proving that the Jacobian for spherical coordinates and the Jacobian for integrating over a sphere coincide

I want to use the formula for switching an integration from spherical to cartesian coordinates : $\int_{RS^{n-1}} \! f(x) \, \mathrm{d}\sigma (x)$=$\int\int...\int ...
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volume using spherical coordinates

Let $$V = \{(x, y, z): x^2 + y^2 ≤ 4 , 0 ≤ z ≤ 4\}$$ be a cylinder and let $P$ be the plane through $(4, 0, 2), (0, 4, 2)$ and $(−4, −4, 4)$. Compute the volume of $C$ below the plane $P$. I'm having ...
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Solving LES containg spherical coordinates

i have a three-dimensional parametric equation of a line, where the directional vector is normalized and converted to spherical coordinates to calculate a angle offset. It looks like this: ...
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Circle from three points on surface of sphere

I need to compute the circle on the surface of a sphere given three points on that very surface. It is very easy to do that in Euclidean geometry, but the sphere has no x and y, but just two angles ...
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Comparing paired objects in 3d space using direction angles.

I have data about paired objects in 3d space, where each object is defined by three components. What I would like to do is compare the orientations of the paired objects and see if one group of those ...
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Midpoint of two n-vectors

Currently I am using n-vectors (more information can be found here) for an accurate and singularity-free representation of coordinates on the earth's surface. For various reasons, I need to compute ...
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Intersection of two spherical caps in $(n+1)$-dimensional Euclidian space

I want to compute the intersection area of two spherical caps whose tops are placed on two orthogonal axes in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. In spherical coordinates, the surface element is given by $$ \,dS = ...
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Normal form of plane

I propose a simple equation of plane generalized from 2D Normal form of straight line as follows, starting from Straight line Normal form: $$ x\, \cos \alpha + y \sin \alpha = p. \tag{1}$$ ...
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Heat Equation: Remains finite?

I am doing a PDE question. It's about heat equation, spherical coordinates (the usual stuff). The boundary condition is $\frac {\partial T}{\partial r} (1,t) = 0 $ and it also said for $T$ to remain ...
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PDE Heat Equation with Variable Coefficient {Second ODE Variable Coefficient}

Another PDE question: If I have a non constant coefficients in my heat equation (PDE), how do I solve it? For example we have: $\frac {\partial T}{\partial t} =\frac {\partial ^2 T}{\partial r^2} + ...
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Integrating a sphere by discs vs shells (spherical coordinates)

I am getting very confused about the following. Let's say I want to find the volume of a sphere. I can start with a circle having circumference $2\pi R\cos\theta$. I can multiply by $R d\theta$ and ...
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Cover the entire sphere with a moving cone

Assume you have a cone with half-angle theta in a 3D cartesian space, with the vertex of the cone in the origin, and that you want to rotate the cone along a curve so that it covers the entire sphere. ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...