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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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})\, ...
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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), ...
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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} ...
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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 ...
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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 \, ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...