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

how do I find the Fourier transform of a function that is separable into a radial and an angular part: $f(r, \theta, \phi)=R(r)A(\theta, \phi)$ ? Thanks in advance for any answers!
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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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Find volume of the cap of a sphere of radius R with thickness h

I have to determine the volume aka the formula for the volume for this spherical cap of height h and the radius of the sphere is R. Two methods: *I just need help setting up the triple integrals ...
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Find volume between two spheres using cylindrical & spherical coordinates

I've got two spheres, one of which is the other sphere just shifted, and I'm trying to find the volume of the shared region. The spheres are $x^2 + y^2 +z^2 = 1$ and $x^2 + y^2 +(z-1)^2 = 1$ I know ...
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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} ...
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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\, ...
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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: ...
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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 = ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 + ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Spherical-Coordinate Reference Frame

my problem looks apparently easy but I can figure out a solution. I'm going through a paper about the Boltzmann equation and I got stuck with this change of coordinates. The original formula for Q ...
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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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How to find all 3 orthogonal vectors to a 4D vector

For a program I'm writing, I need to find the vectors orthogonal to a given vector rotated at an arbitrary angle, and in 4D. It is a unit vector. For 3D, I found the two orthogonal vectors like ...
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Writing triple integrals in spherical coordinates over nonspherical/nonconical regions

Defining upper and lower limits of integration for $\rho$, $\theta$, and $\phi$ is relatively easy when writing a triple integral in spherical coordinates if the region of integration is defined by ...
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Proving that $\nabla \times (U(r) \hat{r} = 0 $

I was just checking to see if I wsa doing this right, as it isn't a formal proof. Just showing the identity. Let $U(r) \hat{r}$ b a vector in spherical coordinates. Given that the vector is only ...
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Triple Integral over a shifted sphere

I am interested in the following: Let $f(x,y,z)$ be a given (known) function in Cartesian coordinates, and let $B_d(p_0) = \{ y: ||y-p_0|| < d \}$ (i.e., a sphere centered at p_0). I want to ...
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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 ...
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Are there derivations of equations of non-degenerate real quadric surfaces

Take the ellipsoid for example $$(x^2/a^2)+(y^2/b^2)+(z^2/c^2)=1$$ in the x-y plane you have an ellipse described by $$(x^2/a^2)+(y^2/b^2)=1$$ (suppose z=constant) in the y-z plane you have an ellipse ...
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Change of coordinate system on a sphere

This might take a while to explain, so bear with me: I've got a perfect sphere. I've set up an arbitrary longitude/latitude ("angle") coordinate system on it (imagine an equator around the middle, ...
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Evaluating an integral in spherical coordinates over on odd shaped region.

I have to evaluate this integral: $$ \int_{0}^{\sqrt{2}}\int_{y}^{\sqrt{4-y^2}}\int_{0}^{\sqrt{4-x^2-y^2}} \sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}dzdxdy $$ in spherical coordinates. I see that the region in the xy ...
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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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Fourier transform of an exponentially singular radial function

I am trying to compute the 3D Fourier transform of a spherically symmetric function of the form $$f(r) = e^{\frac{1}{r} e^{-r}} - 1\, ,$$ which entails the integral $$\begin{aligned}F(k) =& \int ...
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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 ...
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Coordinates of tilted circle.

The original question is as follows: Imagine a wire located at the intersection of $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ and $x+y+z=0$, whose density depends on position according to $\rho({\bf x})=x^2$ per unit length. ...
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Laplacian $\frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}(r^2 \frac{\partial \phi }{\partial r})= \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial ^2 }{\partial r^2}(r \phi )$

Does anyone have any intuition on remembering or very quickly deriving that $$\frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}(r^2 \frac{\partial \phi }{\partial r}) = \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial ^2 ...
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Find the volume of the solid bounded by the surface given in spherical coordinates by $R = 4-3\cos(\phi)$.

It is worth noting that $R$ in this case denotes the distance from origin to a point $P$ in space. You may be more familiar with $\rho$ instead of $R$. Here is my attempted solution: I am assuming ...
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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 ...
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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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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} \\ ...
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Divergence in spherical coordinates

On the one hand there is an explicit formula for divergence in spherical coordinates, namely: $$ \nabla \cdot \vec{F} = \frac{1}{r^2} \partial_r (r^2 F^r) + \frac{1}{r \sin \theta} \partial_\theta ...
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How do you set up the integral in spherical coordinates in the following problem?

Find the volume bounded by the surface $z = x^2 + y^2$ and $x^2+y^2 = 1$ in the first quadrant. The answer is $\pi/8$ using rectangular and cylindrical coordinates and that is the correct answer, but ...
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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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expansion of function on spherical harmonics

Let $f :S^{n-1}\longrightarrow R_+$ be a square integrable function. Let $\{Y_{j,k}\}$ be an orthonormal basis of spherical harmonics on $S^{n-1}$, $j\in Z_+$ and $k=1, \ldots, d_n(j)$, where $d_n(j)$ ...
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Diffusion in Spherical Coordinates with mixed BC

I have been working through the book "A Guide to First-Passage Processes" and wanted to branch out on my own doing a calculation similar to what occurs in chapter 6. My basic problem comes from the ...
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Determining new coordinates after a rotation of a sphere

Imagine that I am standing at a place on Earth, using coordinates of say N41 W74. Now the Earth's axis rolls 90 degrees, causing the N/S axis to become the equator, and rotation resumes as before. ...
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Inverse Jacobian matrix of spherical coordinates

I found inverse transformation from spherical coordinates to cartesian coordinates (on $x>0$, $y>0$ and $z>0$). I have $$ r = w_1(x,y,z) = \sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2} $$ $$ \theta = w_2(x,y,z) = ...
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Calculate the volume between two spheres

I have to find the volume between the two spheres. Their equations are $x^2+y^2+z^2=2$ and $x^2+y^2+(z-\frac1 2)^2=\frac 1 4$ for $z>0$ The first one has center $(0,0,0)$ with $r=\sqrt 2$ and the ...
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Solve the triple integral $\iiint_D (x^2 + y^2 + z^2)\, dxdydz$

How does one go about solving the integral: $$ \iiint_D (x^2 + y^2 + z^2)\, dxdydz, $$ where $$ D=\{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3: x^2 + y^2 + z^2 \le 9\}. $$ I believe I am supposed to convert to ...
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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 ...