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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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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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Integration with Spherical Coordinates

Use spherical coordinates to find the volume of the solid inside both $x^2+y^2+z^2=16$ and $z=(x^2+y^2)^{1/2}$.
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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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Inclusion, pullback of differential form

Let $\omega=x\,dy\wedge dz +y\,dz\wedge dx+z\,dx\wedge dy$ or in spherical coordinates (unless I had made some mistake) $\omega=r^3\cos \theta\, d\phi\wedge d\theta$. Now I want to find $i^*\omega$ ...
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Conversion from Cartesian to spherical coordinate for vectors - ray tracing application

I'm implementing a ray tracer that support physically based rendering, so is based on various BRDF models. At the moment I'm focused on Oren-Nayar and Torrance-Sparrow model. Each one of these is ...
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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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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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Converting from Cartesian coordinates to Spherical coordinates

I want to understand how to convert from Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates. I have the following definitions: \begin{align} x & =r\sin\theta\cos\phi \\[6pt] y & =r\sin\theta\sin\...
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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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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 $\hat\theta$?...
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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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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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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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Find the average value of this function

Find the average value of $e^{-z}$ over the ball $x^2+y^2+z^2 \leq 1$.
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 ...