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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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Trouble with understanding a spherical coordinate system.

We have a sphere with $r=1$, and we want the coordinates of $C$. $A$ is the north pole, and $AB$ is our prime meridian. See picture: I'm familiar with an $(x,y,z)$ coordinate system, but not so ...
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Curving points to a sphere

I think math.stackexchange is the right place to post this, but if not, feel free to tell me. I have a series of points to be plotted on a sphere (Each one has a latitude and longitude value). These ...
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Computing distance from line to point in geodetic environment

Supposing to be in a cartesian plan and that I have the following point: $$A(x_{1},y_{1}), B(x_{2},y_{2}), C(x_{3},y_{3}), D(x_{4},y_{4})$$ $$P(x_{0},y_{0})$$ Now immagine two lines, the fist one ...
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Different ways for calculating distance between two geodetic points give me different results

I'm trying to calculate the distance between two geodetic points in two different ways. The points are: A:(41.466138, 15.547839) B:(41.467216, 15.547025) The ...
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Given 3 Vertices of a Tetrahedron, Find the 4th

A regular tetrahedron is circumscribed by the Earth (assume spherical). You are given 3 of the 4 vertices (as latitude and longitude in decimal format), and asked to find the 4th. Any help is most ...
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Angled Spherical Sector - formulas?

I am glad to be here. First off, please excuse my almost saddening lack of knowledge. Math (in general) isn't my strong point. I might ask some really basic questions, you have been warned :) The ...
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How to rotate point on a spherical coordinate

I am looking for formula that shows hot to find the spherical coordinates of a point after the axis rotated. Assume that I am on earth and I have the coordinate of a point in lan/lot (which I believe ...
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Energy of particles on sphere and uniform rotation

I have a computer program containing some particles on a unit sphere, characterized by their positions $\{(\theta_i,\phi_i)\}$. They have a total energy given by the arc distance between particle ...
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Project point onto line in Latitude/Longitude

Given line AB made from two Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates, and point C, how can I calculate the position of D, which is C projected onto D. Diagram:
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can a great circle route be predicted from initial condition?

Assuming the world is a sphere with no wind, can the great circle route of a vessel be predicted from the current position $\{\phi_i,\lambda_i\}$ and the current true course $\theta_i$? Presently, ...
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“Great Circle” distance [duplicate]

Given two points on a sphere, then the "great circle distance" between two points is the length of the smallest arc of a great circle containing both points. Assume that $\Sigma$ is a sphere of radius ...
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Finding the coordinates of the corners of an aligned pole-centered spherical square

Given a spherical square of radius $1$, with edge midpoints at $(1, x, 0)$, $(1, x, \pi/2$), $(1, x, \pi)$ and $(1, x,3 \pi/2)$ (in the spherical coordinate system of (radial distance, polar angle, ...
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Laplacian on Sphere of Function Only Depending on Angle Between Points

Consider a function $f:S^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ , with $S^2$ the unit $2$-sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let's say that $f$ depends only on the polar angle $\theta$ from the north pole (e.g., $f(r,\theta,\phi) ...
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Convert spherical coordinates to Cartesian coordinates for a vector

So let's say I have a normalized vector $N$ given in cartesian coordinates and I have another normalized vector $V$, defined in spherical coordinates relative to the vector $N$. So $\theta_V$ is the ...
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Spherical coordinates of a unit vector around a normal $N$

So if I have a unit normal for a surface $N(x,y,z)$ and an incident unit vector $V(x,y,z)$ to that surface, how would I represent the vector V in spherical coordinates relative to the normal?
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Directions in spherical coordinates

Say I have a system with standard spherical coordinates. There's a man on that sphere and he's standing on the equator facing east. He chooses a random angle $0°-360°$ and turns that much in the clock ...
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Calculating inner angles, length, area of polygon from gps coordinates

I've a set of polygons. Each polygon is described by 4 Points (Longitude,Latitude). How can I calculate the area of the polygon, the inner angles of each angle and the length of all sides and finally, ...
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Coordinate system on a sphere that's uniform in terms of distance

I realize the title is vague but I really couldn't think of anything better. What I actually want is a coordinate system on a sphere (preferably 2 or 3 dimensions) that works like this: If you have ...
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Vector Picking on the Unit Sphere

Imagine a vector from the center of a unit sphere to its surface: Now imagine a second vector generated in indentical fashion. Given the first vector, how can I generate vectors to uniformally ...
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Addition of spherical surface vectors

I'm making a planet simulator, which makes much use of a sphere. I'm trying to figure out how to represent and manipulate vectors on the surface of the sphere. Currently, my coordinates are all ...
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Intersection of two arcs on sphere

I have two arcs on a sphere that are defined as pair of points: (θ₀, φ₀), (θ₁, φ₁). I need to find a point where they intersect, or some indication if they don't. What is important is that they are ...
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Finding a third coordinate on a sphere that is equidistant from two known coordinates

Here is my problem that I'm having some trouble with: I have the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of two points on Earth. I have no problem finding the great circle distance between the two ...
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Law sines in Spherical Triangle $\rightarrow$ Law sines in plane triangle

Could any one tell me how to estimate or get law of sines in Spherical Triangle to The Law of Sines in Plane Triangle? i.e $\frac{\sin a}{\sin A}=\frac{sin b}{\sin B}=\frac{\sin c}{\sin C}$ to ...
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problem or doubt regarding visualizing angles of spherical triangle

I must confess that I am not able to visualize or understand what is the angle of a spherical triangle say $ABC$ where $A,B,C$ are vertices of the triangle which is formed by intersection of three ...
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How to minimize the length of a curve on $S^2$

The length of a curve $\gamma$ starting from a point $p$ and ending at another point $q$ on $S^2$ is given by the formula $$l_{\gamma}(S^2)=\int_{0}^{1}\sqrt{(d\phi/dt)^2+ \sin^2\phi ...
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two points on a unit sphere

Consider the two vectors to the points on the unit sphere, $${\bf v}_i=(\sin\theta_i\cos\varphi_i,\sin\theta_i\sin\varphi_i,\cos\theta_i)$$ with $i=1,2$. Use the dot product to get the angle $\psi$ ...
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Discretize a circle on a sphere with a given center and radius

I would like to draw a discretized circle on the surface of a sphere (the Earth in that case). The input of the algorithm would be the center of the circle (expressed as longitude and latitude), the ...
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Given an arc length and an angle, how do I get a sphere coordinate?

Assuming I start at the top of a sphere and am given the radius of the sphere, an angle to turn, and a distance to walk along the sphere, how could I find my destination in the sphere coordinate ...
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Generating evenly distributed points on a sphere

How could I write an algorithm to generate n points distributed 'evenly' on a sphere? I already wrote an algorithm to generate points distributed uniformly on the surface (here), but by 'evenly' ...
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Distance measurement between latitude/longiture pairs.

I need to calculate the distance between two lat/lng coordinate pairs. In addition, If given an initial lat/lng coordinate, angle of travel, and distance, I need to calculate the resulting lat/lng ...
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Centre of a spherical triangle

Suppose I have a triangle defined by 3 unit vectors {$v_1, v_2, v_3$} in a 3 dimensional complex inner product space. What would be the centre of such a triangle? I guess it should be something like ...
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Converting between spherical coordinate systems

Say I have the spherical coordinates of some locations, specifically their longitude ($0$ to 360) and latitude (latitude = $0$ at equator, $90$ at north pole, $-90$ at south pole) on a sphere with a ...
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Integration on a sphere

I have an integral at hand which has the form of $$I = \int_{u\in \mathbb{S}^2} f(\mathbf{u}\cdot \mathbf{s}_1) f(\mathbf{u}\cdot \mathbf{s}_2) d\mathbf{u}$$ where $\mathbb{S}^2$ is the unit sphere ...
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Angle between GPS coordinates

I realize GPS Coordinates are spherical coordinates. However I know the earth is more of an ellipsoid. I need to compute with a fairly high degree of accuracy the pitch and yaw between two objects ...
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dotting gradient in spherical coordinates with displacement vector

The gradient in spherical coordinates is given by: $\nabla f = \left(\frac{\partial f}{\partial r}, \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial f}{\partial \theta}, \frac{1}{r \sin \theta} \frac{\partial f}{\partial ...
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Coordinates of interception point Y with XY being the shortest distance of X to AB on sphere

How would one calculate the interception point $Y$ with $\overleftrightarrow{XY}$ being the shortest distance of $X$ to $\overleftrightarrow{AB}$? This answer to the question How to find the ...
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Lat/Long grid points covered by projecting rectangle onto sphere

Before my question proper, a little background: I'm wanting to optimise some computer rendering by eliminating the drawing of things that aren't visible given the current view. Suppose we have a ...
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Transforming from one spherical coordinate system to another

I have a set of points on the surface of a sphere specified in one coordinate system (specifically, the equatorial coordinate system), and for each point I need to work on all its neighbouring points ...
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Latitude and longitude of points on a line

How could you get the latitude and longitude of four points (equal distance apart) on a line from $(27,-82)$ to $(28,-81)$? The four points should split the line into 5 parts.
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How to use a Rhumb Line?

I am new to working with coordinate data and figured out the equation I am looking for is the Rhumb Line. I went to go research it and found a lot of equations and I still have no idea where to start. ...
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How to find the distance between a point and line joining two points on a sphere?

How do I calculate the distance between the line joining the two points on a spherical surface and another point on same surface? I have illustrated my problem in the image below. In the above ...