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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Let $r(s)$ be a regular closed curve that is in the sphere $S^2$. Prove that $\int_{\gamma}\tau(s)ds=0$ $\gamma$-map of this curve, $\tau$ torsion

Let $r(s)$ be a regular closed curve that is in the sphere $S^2$. Prove that $$\int_{\gamma}\tau(s)ds=0$$ $\gamma$-map of this curve, $\tau$ the function of torsion of this curve. Every year this ...
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Minimizing arc length on unit sphere (geodesics)

I just completed a Calculus IV course and taught myself basic Calculus of Variations, and wanted to extend some of the basic principles of optimization from planes to surfaces. The arc length ...
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Trajectory on a sphere

I've asked a question before concerning a parallel problem, and I read a wikipedia page on spherical caps (Nominal Animal), which gave me an idea to do the following: I have the Cartesian coordinates ...
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Is there a solution to the equation $tan({\phi})=\frac{0}{0}$

I've been reading about conversion from Cartesian ($x,y,z$) to Spherical (r, $\theta$, $\phi$) coordinates. The formula to find the value of ${\phi}$ is given as: $\tan({\phi})=\frac{y}{x}$ My ...
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Find the Radius of Sphere using TDOA

My goal is to calculate Position of impact using Trilateration. I followed this guide on wikipedia : Trilateration Wikipedia I don't know how to find the Radius R1,R2,R3.(Normally it is PA,PB,PC,...
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The smallest bounding sphere of a prolate spheroid domain

Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a prolate spheroid domain. Denote by $d$ its interfocal distance and by $b$ the surface of the region occupied by $\Omega$. The question is how to prove that the ...
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Angle between arc of two points on a unit sphere and $xy$-plane [closed]

Suppose I have two points on a unit sphere whose spherical coordinates are $A(\theta_1,\phi_1)$ and $B(\theta_2,\phi_2)$, what is the angle between $xy$-plane and arc $AB$? Maybe I can draw a ...
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Conversion of laplacian form cartesian to spherical coordinates 2nd part

Using the same method of conversion of laplacian from cartesian to spherical coordinates and changing $\psi$ to $u$, I am trying to finish the demostration of the spherical laplacian. However, I have ...
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Estimating the distance between two coordinates but without using Euclidean distance

Bill opens up "Café Finder" on his phone, and it tells him that it will take him 10 minutes to get to his nearest Starbucks to grab a triple-shot frapa-crapa-flat-white, so he decides to walk. 20 ...
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Can someone please help me convert this triple integral to spherical coordinates?

I'm not sure how to approach the problem, though I know it needs to be broken up into two integrals before it can be evaluated based on the way the answer input is set up. I do not know how to start ...
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Write the equation $4x^{2}+4z^{2}=5$ in spherical coordinates.

Write the equation $4x^{2}+4z^{2}=5$ in spherical coordinates. I used the facts that $$ \begin{align} x&=ρ\sin\theta\cos\phi\;,\\ z&=ρ\cos\phi\;, \end{align} $$ And ended up with: $ 4 (ρ^2 ...
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The centre of the earth

I'm a real beginner here (first post and first foray into math since high school, trying to catch up), so I'm going to try my best to explain my problem in mathematical terms then follow up with an ...
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sphere arc intersection

Given: an arc defined by two end points (which I can express in lat/lon/altitude or earth-centered fixed (ECF) 3D 'cartesian' space) a sphere defined by a center (lat/lon/alt or ECF) and a radius (...
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Integration in spherical coordinates

I needed to solve the following integral on one of my exercise sheets, which seemed not too difficult: $ \phi(\vec{r}) = \dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\limits_0^{\infty} dr' \int\limits_0^{\pi} d\...
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Find a circle on sphere using spherical distance

I have a sphere with radius $R$. On this sphere I also have a point $P_1$ written in spherical coordinates, so I know $\theta_1$, $\phi_1$ and $R$ for this point (same as on this picture). I also ...
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spherical radial transformation

several papers mentioned a spherical-radial transformation: $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} f(\mathbf{x}) ~\mathrm{d}\mathbf{x} = \int_0^\infty \int_{\mathbf{z}'\mathbf{z} = 1} f(r\mathbf{z}) ~r^{n-1} ~\mathrm{...
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Rewrite equation using cylindrical and spherical coordinates.

I want to rewrite the equation $z=x^2-y^2$ using cylindrical and spherical coordinates. The cartesian coordinates are of the form $(x,y,z)$. The spherical coordinates are of the form $(\rho, \theta, ...
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How to setup/evaluate a triple integral to show an interesting result in physics?

I know this isn't the physics forum, but the task i'm struggling with is purely mathematical. My task is as follows; Let $A$ be a sphere centered at origin with radius $R$ and assume $a \geq R$. ...
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Show that $\nabla\cdot\left(\dfrac{\mathbf{e}_r}{r^2}\right)=4\pi\delta(\mathbf{r})$ using the divergence theorem.

The book answer goes as follows: By the divergence theorem, in spherical coordinates we find $$\color{red}{\iiint_\limits{\large\text{volume}\,\tau}\nabla\cdot\...
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Marginals/conditionals of a normalized Gaussian vector

It is well - known that if $x=(x_1,...,x_n)^T\sim{N(0, \sigma^2I)}$, then its normalized version is uniformly distributed on the unit $n-1$ - sphere: $$ y:=\frac{x}{||x||_2}\sim{\text{Uniform}}(S_{n-...
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Triple integral to find the mass of the intersection between two spheres

I've got two unit spheres, one is centered at $(0,0,0)$ and the other at $(0,0,1)$, the intersection of these two spheres is my region $R$. I would like to find the integral: $$\iiint\limits_R z\;dV$...
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Vectors and dot product in spherical coordinate system [duplicate]

Let $\vec{v_1}$ and $\vec{v_2}$ given: $\overrightarrow{V_1} = r_1\hat{u_r} + \theta_1\hat{u_\theta} + \phi_1\hat{u_\phi} \\ \overrightarrow{V_2} = r_2\hat{u_r} + \theta_2\hat{u_\theta} + \phi_2\hat{...
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Using the Dirac delta function to find the density of point masses/charges

Here is an example from a textbook: Suppose there is a unit charge or unit mass at the point $(x,y,z)=(-1,\sqrt{3},-2)$; then in rectangular coordinates, the ...
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What does this triple integral in spherical coordinate represent?

$$\int_{0}^{a}\int_{0}^{2\pi}\int_{0}^{2\pi} r(b+r \cos\phi) d\phi d\theta dr$$ What does the above integral represent? I don't think it's volume of a figure, since either $\phi$ or $\theta$ should ...
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Convergence of $\iiint \frac{dxdydz}{(x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2})^\alpha}$

I'm studying the convergence of the following triple integral $$I(\alpha) = \iiint \limits_{\Omega_{3}}\frac{dxdydz}{(x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2})^\alpha}\tag{*}$$ Where $$\Omega_{3} = \{(x, y, z) \in \mathbb{...
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Triple integral in spherical coordinates in an example

I am not sure how to do this. I am given a function in spherical coordinates. $C$ is a normalization constant given by the triple integral. How can I find C and use that to do part (b)?
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Expressing regions in cylindrical and spherical coordinates

I need to express the following regions in both cylindrical and spherical coordinates. I am not sure what to do here exactly, in (a) for example, should I substitute the Cartesian equation of the ...
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Volume of $n$-dimensional spherical orthant in upper diagonal halfspace

Consider an $n$-dimensional Euclidean Space. Consider orthants in that space. Each orthant occupies $\frac{1}{2^n}$ of the volume of an $n$-dimensional unit sphere. Let's call that a spherical ...
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How to calculate distance between two points on the sphere?

I have two azimuth and altitude angles for two points on a sphere. How can I calculate the spherical distance between those points? And how can I deduce this formula from first equations?
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Relationship between Normal coordinates and Spherical Coordinates

I am using the following coordinates on $S^3: (\psi, \theta, \phi)$ where $$\begin{cases}x_0 = \sin\psi,\\ x_1 = \sin\psi \cos\theta,\\ x_2 = \sin\psi \sin\theta \cos\phi,\\ x_3 = \sin\psi \sin\...
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Solve $I=\iiint\limits_\Omega z^2 dv$ using spherical coordinate system, $\Omega: x^2 +y^2 + z^2 \le R^2 \cap x^2 +y^2 + z^2 \le 2Rz$

Question: Solve $I=\iiint\limits_\Omega z^2 dv$ using spherical coordinate system. $\Omega$ is the common part of $x^2 +y^2 + z^2 \le R^2 $ and $ x^2 +y^2 + z^2 \le 2Rz$. My attempt:Because $ r^2 \le ...
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Composite Spherical Harmonics expansion and error propagation

Let's assume that $f$, $g$ and $t$ are three functions defined over the surface of a sphere. In particular $f$ is defined using $g$, $t$ and the integral operator as follows: $$f(\omega)=\int_{\...
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angle between hrizontal and a line connecting the center of an oblate ellipse to a point in space

I would like to know how I can calculate the angle $\alpha$ in an oblate ellipse similarly to the sphere.
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Dot product in integral over spherical coordinates

Midway through solving a question, I have an intermediate integral: $$ G(\vec x,t)=\frac{c}{16 \pi^3} \iiint _{\mathbb{R}^3} \frac{\sin (tck)}{k} e^{i \vec{x} . \vec{k}} d^3 \vec k $$ Now what I ...
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Calculate the Angle between two vectors in 3d Spherical Coordinates

I have two vectors in spherical coordinates, both originating at the origin and both with the same magnitude equal to one. One is vertical: {1,0,0} and the other undefined: {Ms,Mt,Mp}. The other one ...
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How to solve this equation in spherical coordinates

I am trying to find the angles $\phi$ that satisfy the following equation: $$ \cos\phi + \sqrt{\cos^2\phi+15}=\frac{2}{\sin\phi}, $$ where $\phi \in [0,\pi ]$. The geometric interpretation of this ...
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How to minimize $ab + bc + ca$ given $a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = 1$?

The question is to prove that $ab + bc + ca$ lies in between $-1$ and $1$, given that $a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = 1$. I could prove the maxima by the following approach. I changed the coordinates to spherical ...
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Calculating the sun position fails

could you help me find the mistake(s) in my calculation of the sun position today on hawaii at 16:00? I'm following this Wikipedia article. Number of days since 2000/01/01 (2016/01/29): $$n =5873$...
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If a sphere is rotated so that $90°$N $0°$E is transformed to $50°$N $6°$E, to which point is $18°$N $77°$E transformed?

If a sphere is rotated so that point $90°$N $0°$E is moved along a great circle to point $50°$N $6°$E, to which point is point $18°$N $77°$E moved? $90°$N $0°$E $\implies 50°$N $6°$E $18°$N $77°$E $...
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Cartesian to Spherical coordinate conversion specific case when Φ is zero and θ is indeterminant

Following is the conversion for spherical to cartesian coordinate \begin{align} x &= r \cos\theta \sin\varphi \\ y &= r \sin\theta \sin\varphi \\ z &= r \cos\varphi \end{align} and we are ...
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Understanding unit normal curvilinear vectors to the surface of an octant of a sphere

I'm supposed to test divergence theorem on an octant of a sphere for a given vector field. The triple integral part was easy. However, I'm stuck with the double integral part. Now, there are four ...
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Evaluate the integral using spherical coordinates

Given the integral $\int^{1}_{0}\int^{\sqrt{1-x^{2}}}_{0}\int^{\sqrt{1-x^{2}-y^{2}}}_{0} \dfrac{1}{x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}}dzdxdy$ I need to evaluate this using spherical coordinates. So far I have that $...
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Change of Variable theorem and spherical coordinate transformation

If $V = \{(x,y,z) \text{ such that } x^2 + y^2 + z^2 < a^2\text{ and }z>0\}$, use the spherical coordinate transformation to express $\int_V{z}$ as an integral over an appropriate set in $(\rho, ...
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Pattern of collision of bouncy balls in a sphere?

Suppose that you have two infinitely bouncy golf balls that exist inside a perfect sphere in weightless suspension, and both golf balls start bouncing at a random angle and are 10 or 100 times ...
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How to show $\DeclareMathOperator{curl}{curl}\curl\curl(e_r) = 0$

I want to figure out how to calculate $\text{curl}(e_r$). Where $e_r$ is a base vector for the Spherical co-ordinate system. Taking $e_r = (\sin\theta \cos\phi)i+(\sin\theta \sin\phi)j+(\cos\theta)...
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Equation used to represent a disc galaxy

I'm trying to create a solid which looks something like a disc galaxy: Key features are: Bulge in the middle Tapered "width" as it extends to a disc shape The end goal would be to use Python to ...
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rotation of spherical surface in spherical coordinates

I need to plot a spherical surface in computer (like the surface of a lens). I know the normal vector (as an example, say $\ n=(1,2,3) $) of this surface and it originates from the centre of the ...
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rotate a scalar valued spherical function

I want to rotate a function $f(\theta,\phi)$ around an arbitrary angle in 3D space. (Assuming $\phi$ is in the $xy$ plane and goes from $0$ to $2\pi$, and $\theta$ starts from $+z$ and goes from $0$ ...
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Set up triple integral's boundary for $x^{2} + (y-a)^{2} + z^{2}=a^{2}$ in spherical coordinates.

I have trouble with setting up triple integral's boundary for $\rho$. Solid object's equation is $x^{2} + (y-a)^{2} + z^{2}=a^{2}$,which is a sphere centered at (0,a,0), in spherical coordinates. Note:...
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Volume Between Spheres – Spherical Coordinates

I'm trying to find the volume between the spheres: $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 9$ and: $x^2 + y^2 + (z-2)^2 = 9$ I have calculated this, but have a strong feeling that little of what I did was actually ...