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).

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
328 views

Transforming a matrix from cartesian to spherical coordinates

Consider a variable matrix $$\left[\begin{array}{ccc}a_{11}(x,y,z) \quad a_{12}(x,y,z) \quad a_{13}(x,y,z)\\ a_{21}(x,y,z) \quad a_{22}(x,y,z) \quad a_{23}(x,y,z)\\ ...
3
votes
2answers
174 views

Maximum Gravity Around a Unit Sphere

Most simulations that involve planetary gravity use Newton's law of universal gravitation and treat planets like point-masses. This is very accurate at large distances, and fairly accurate all the ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Reverse use of Haversine formula

Alright the title is not the best. What I want to do is to change the given parameters in Haversine's formula. If we know the lat,lng of two points we can calculate their distance. I found the ...
3
votes
1answer
145 views

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) ...
3
votes
1answer
626 views

integrating a vector over a sphere

I have the following triple integral in spherical coordinates $(r,\theta,\phi)$: $$\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^\pi\int_0^RCr^3\hat\theta\cdot r^2dr\sin{\theta}d\theta d\phi$$ How do I handle the ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Projection of a 3D spherical distribution function in to a 2D cartesian plane

Consider a 3D spherical Gaussian distribution function that depends on radius only, $$f(r) = \frac{1}{N} e^{-(\frac{r-R_\mu}{\sigma})^2}$$ where $R_\mu$ is the radial offset of the distribution and ...
3
votes
2answers
986 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
31 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
60 views

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})\, ...
3
votes
0answers
61 views

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), ...
3
votes
1answer
87 views

Formula for Determinant of Vectors given in spherical coordinates

In 2D, one has an easy formula for the determinant of two vectors given in spherical coordinates, i.e. $\begin{vmatrix} \cos(\phi_1) &\cos(\phi_2)\\ \sin(\phi_1) &\sin(\phi_2)\end{vmatrix} ...
3
votes
0answers
80 views

Computing volume element in spherical coordinates

Suppose $y = (r, \theta^1, \theta^2)$ are spherical coordinates in $(\mathbb{R}^3,g)$. What is the $d\text{vol}$ in these coordinates? I solved it but I don't know if it's right. My solution: We ...
3
votes
0answers
24 views

Converting a polar integral to spherical

$$\int_0^{2\pi} \int_0^{\sqrt{2}}\int_r^{\sqrt{4-r^2}}\mathrm{d}z \, r \, \mathrm{d}r \, \mathrm{d}\theta$$ So in spherical this would become: $$\int_0^{2\pi} \int_0^{\pi/4}\int_0^2 \rho^2\sin\phi \, ...
3
votes
2answers
76 views

Triple integral over a sphere with parameter $2n$?

I need to intergrate $x^{2n}+y^{2n}+z^{2n}$ over a sphere of equation $x²+y²+z²=1$. I have thought of changing the coordinates from cartesian to spherical but I don't know how to deal with the ...
3
votes
1answer
342 views

Prove that hyperspherical coordinates are a diffeomorphism, derive Jacobian

The explicit form for the transformation into hyperspherical coordinates is $$x_1 = r\sin\theta_1 \sin\theta_2 \dotsb \sin \theta_{n-1} \\ x_2 = r\sin\theta_1 \sin\theta_2 \dotsb \cos \theta_{n-1} \\ ...
3
votes
1answer
196 views

Integration in n-spherical coordinates

I'd like to compute the following integral: $$I = \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} {\rm d}^n x \; \frac{e^{i \vec x \cdot \vec k}}{\vec x^2}$$ My first step is to use generalized spherical coordinates and then I ...
3
votes
0answers
990 views

Spherical coordinates grad and div.

Struggling with the following: Prove the identity $$ \nabla = e_{r}(e_{r} \cdot \nabla) + e_{\theta}(e_{\theta} \cdot \nabla) + e_{\phi}(e_{\phi} \cdot \nabla).$$ Given the vector fields ...
3
votes
0answers
605 views

How do I find the inverse Fourier transform of a function that is separable into a radial and an angular part?

I need to take the inverse Fourier transform of a function that is initially specified in spherical coordinates: $f(r, \theta, \phi) = \int_{R^3}F(k, ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

building transformation matrix from spherical to cartesian coordinate system

How to arrive at the following from given $ x = r\sin \theta \cos \phi, y = r\sin \theta \sin \phi, z=r\cos\theta $ $$ \begin{bmatrix} A_x\\ A_y\\ A_z \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} \sin ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Parametric Equation for Great Circle

So I've been doing a lot of searching and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. My math skills are a bit rusty, so I haven't had luck deriving this on my own. What I'm looking for is an ...
2
votes
2answers
233 views

Calculating longitude degrees from distance?

I need to calculate how many longitude degrees a certain distance from a point are, with the latitude held constant. Here's an illustration: Here x represents the longitude degrees, the new point ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Can you not rotate spherical coordinates?

I have some points that sit on the hemisphere in spherical coordinates: $\theta \in [0,\pi/2]$, $\phi \in [0, 2\pi]$ (ie so a hemisphere around the vector (1,0,0) (spherical coordinates). I should ...
2
votes
2answers
10k views

Great arc distance between two points on a unit sphere

Suppose I have two points on a unit sphere whose spherical coordinates are $(\theta_1, \varphi_1)$ and $(\theta_2, \varphi_2)$. What is the great arc distance between these two points? I found ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

Line element (dl) in spherical coordinates derivation/diagram

I'm trying to figure out how to derive the formula for an infinitesimal length $\mathrm dl$, specifically, the first formula in this Wikipedia section: $$\mathrm d\mathbf r=\mathrm dr\hat{\boldsymbol ...
2
votes
2answers
37 views

Volume of a cube in spherical polars

Let us calculate the volume of the cube using spherical coordinates. The cube has side-length $a$, and we will centre it on the origin of the coordinates. Denote elevation angle by $\theta$, and the ...
2
votes
3answers
43 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
808 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

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.
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Reference for differentiation of an integral over variable ball

I am looking for a reference for a 'well-known' formula in $\mathbb{R}^d$: $$ \frac{d}{dr} \int_{\lVert x\rVert\leq r} f(x)dx= \int_{\lVert y\rVert=r} f(y)dS(y), $$ where $dS$ is the Lebesgue surface ...
2
votes
2answers
495 views

Deriving equations of motion in spherical coordinates

OK, we've been asked to derive the equations of motion in spherical coordinates. According to the assignment, we should end up with this: $$ \bf \vec{v} \rm = \frac{d \bf \vec{r} \rm}{dt} = \dot{r} ...
2
votes
1answer
463 views

What is the generalization of Parseval's theorem into spherical coordinates?

what is the relationship between the total power of a function given in spherical coordinates in the Fourier domain: $E_k=\int_{\mathbb{R}^3}|F(k,\Theta,\Phi)|^2k^2 \sin(\Theta)\,dk\,d\Theta\, ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

conversion of laplacian from cartesian to spherical coordinates

In cartesian coordinates, the Laplacian is $$\nabla^2 = \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}\qquad(1)$$ If it's converted to spherical ...
2
votes
2answers
62 views

Understanding Spherical coordinates on ellipses.

I was given the following problem: $$\iiint\limits_D (4x^2+9y^2+36z^2)\,dV,$$ where $V$ is the interior of the ellipsoid $$\frac{x^2}{9}+\frac{y^2}{4}+z^2=1.$$ The problem gives what the new ...
2
votes
2answers
103 views

How to prove that solution to ODE in spherical coordinate is equivalent to the ODE in cartesian coordinates if it is a thin shell

Solving a diffusion-type ODE across a spherical shell, the equation is: $$\frac{d}{dr}\left(r^2\frac{df}{dr}\right)=0\tag{1}$$ with boundary conditions $f(r_1)=f_1$ and $f(r_2)=f_2$. The solution is: ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

Minimum of a potential function

I'm looking for extremes (minimum) of $$V = \frac{\alpha}{|\vec{r}_1-\vec{r}_2|} + \beta (\vec{r}_1 + \vec{r}_2)\cdot \vec{e}_z$$ where $\vec{r}_i = ...
2
votes
1answer
46 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Volume of a sphere (r=2a) with hole(r=a) drilled through centre, using spherical polar coordinates.

Need help solving 11.bi), A cylindrical hole of radius a is bored through the center of a sphere of radius 2a. Find the volume of the remaining material, using spherical polar coordinates. (You ...
2
votes
2answers
119 views

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, ...
2
votes
2answers
352 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Find volume of a cone $z=k\sqrt{x^2+y^2}$ bounded by $z=h$ using spherical coordinates

We were given this exercise in class to take home but I am a bit confused with it. If anyone could help I would appreciate it. Let $C$ be a conical solid bounded above by $z=h$ and below by the cone ...
2
votes
1answer
205 views

Triple Integral in Spherical Co-ordinates

Find the volume bounded by the surface $(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^2 = 2z(x^2 + y^2)$ I have $x = \rho \sin\phi \cos\theta$, $y = \rho \sin\phi \sin\theta$, $z = \rho \cos\phi$. Therefore, $(x^2 + y^2 + ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
442 views

Equation for the sensitivity pattern of a bi-directional microphone?

Can anyone give me an equation that expresses the sensitivity pattern of a bi-directional microphone, as a function of azimuth and elevation angle? A bi-directional microphone pattern looks something ...
2
votes
1answer
392 views

Can you formulate a $ \phi, \theta $ restriction in spherical coordinates for a great circle?

Further to this question Quaternion rotation has a nice property that you can trace any great circle you like. You specify the axis of rotation, and you will automatically follow the great circle ...
2
votes
1answer
586 views

integral of a spherically symmetric 3-dimensional function over all space

I'm very sorry because it may be a very basic question but I'm not able whether to solve it for sure, nor to find an answer in stackexchange or elsewhere. I have to calculate $ \int \int ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

Conversion of spherical coordinates to cartesian

For the flow $A = \frac{c}{r}$ with $r=\sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}$ I wanted to calculate the velocity field with $\nabla A$ As a result I get $(-\frac{c}{r^2},0,0)$. So far so good. When I tried converting it ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Triple Integrals: Conversion

I'm currently in second year calculus and have come across a problem that I'm struggling badly to try and understand. The question is as follows: Sketch the region of integration of the following ...
2
votes
1answer
115 views

Volume of sphere with triple integral

Using the same notations as in this picture : The element of volume is: $r^2 \sin(\theta) \, dr \, d\theta \, d\phi$ If I try to create the volume visually, I begin with integrating $r$ between ...
2
votes
3answers
54 views

triple integral and limits

$$\iiint\limits_H (x^2+y^2) \, dx \, dy \, dz \\ H=\{(x,y,z) \in R^3: 1 \le x^2+y^2+z^2 \le9, z \le 0 \}$$ I'm using Spherical coordinate system: $$x=r\cos \theta \cos\phi $$ $$y=r\cos \theta ...