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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How to verify a conversion to spherical coordinates?

Is it possible to verify if a conversion of an integral in Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates was done correctly other than revising it looking for mistakes? I mean, is there some kind of ...
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Doubt with bounds and integrand of $\int_{0}^{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\int_{0}^{2}\rho^2\sin{\phi}d\rho d\phi d\theta$

Question as follows. Find the volume of the solid enclosed between the spheres $x^2+y^2+z^2=4$ and $x^2+y^2+z^2=4z \Leftrightarrow x^2+y^2+(z-2)^2=4$. I constructed the following integral and after ...
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Converting Lat/Long coords to Cartesian X/Y, then calculating shortest distance between point & line segment

I'm having an issue with accuracy when converting Lat/Long coordinates to X,Y and then finding the shortest distance from a Point to a Line with said coordinates. The distance is off by around 40-50% ...
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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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Equation for calculating azimuth between two points

Does anybody know an equation or approximation for calculating the azimuth as a function of latitudes and longitudes of both the points. For example I have Princeton, NJ is at 40.3571° N, 74.6702° ...
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Spherical coordinates + Laplacian

If $f(x, y,z)=f(r\sin(\phi)\cos(\theta), r\sin(\phi)\sin(\theta),r\cos(\phi))$, what is the value of $\Delta f$, in terms of $r$, $\phi$ and $\theta$?
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Spherical harmonics expansion for a particular function

On the unit sphere, each square-integrable function can be expanded as a linear combination of spherical harmonics : $$ f(\theta,\phi) = \Sigma_{l=0}^\infty \Sigma_{m=-l}^{+l} f_{lm} Y_{lm} ...
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Volume of a 3D sphere of radius $R$ using Riemannian metric in stereographic coordinates

The question is pretty much in the title. We were also given the hint that it could be useful to use spherical coordinates when calculating the integral (the actual answer is not required, just its ...
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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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full hessian, spherical coordinates

The question itself is pretty simple. I am running into confusion. Seems like there is a typo in the book. I wanna check myself. Maybe I am doing something wrong. Suppose we have the function (which ...
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projection of sphere on the circumscribed cube

Suppose I have a sphere. Inside the sphere I have an inscribed cube. What I am interested in is finding out what is the latitude and longitude (or coordinates) of a point on the sphere which will be ...
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Plotting a star's position on a 2D map

First off, let me say that I'm not a Mathematical wizard. Be easy on me :) I am looking to draw a subsection of space using OpenGL on the iPhone. I have a star's RA and Dec and am needing to somehow ...
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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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Sampling on Axis-Aligned Spherical Quad

Given spherical coordinates on a unit sphere, imagine a spherical quad defined by two ranges $[\phi_0,\phi_1]$ and $[\theta_0,\theta_1]$. If you have a globe, for example, the grid formed by the ...
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Random points in sphere with probability p(r)

How to pick random uniformly distributed points in a sphere has been asked before. The difference is that I don't want uniform distribution, rather I would like the number density to scale by ...
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Laplace operator in Spherical Coordinates, a formal approach

I'd like to show the well-known formula of the Laplacian operator for euclidean $\mathbb{R}^3$ in spherical coordinates: $$ \Delta U = \frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial }{\partial r}\left(r^2\frac{\partial ...
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Finding the volume using spherical coordinates

I am stuck on the limits of integration for rho. I tried 0 but that didn't work. Is this because I'd be finding the area under the $z=2$ plane? Question: Write a ...
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Problem with Laplacian while treating polar coordinates as special case of spherical coordinates.

I thought that polar coordinates ($r, \phi$) can be viewed as a special case of cylindrical coordinates ($\rho, \phi, z$) with $z=0$, or as spherical coordinates ($r, \theta, \phi$) with ...
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Spherical symmetry math

For spherical symmetry how the last four equations calculations is done? ccan you explain please? For reference see the equations 44
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Interpolating GPS coordinates

I can't profess to being a hardcore mathematician, I'm a computer scientist by nature, so please take it easy on me! There are a couple of similar questions on this, however, none seem to discuss the ...
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Project point onto line in Latitude/Longitude

Given line AB made from two Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates, and point C, how can I calculate the position of D, which is C projected onto D. Diagram:
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Express spherical coordinates with different centers in terms of each other.

Imagine that you have two spheres with a distance $R$ from one center to the other one. Now, it is well known how one would get the cartesian position vector of each point in sphere 1 by using ...
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Convert spherical coordinates to Cartesian coordinates for a vector

So let's say I have a normalized vector $N$ given in cartesian coordinates and I have another normalized vector $V$, defined in spherical coordinates relative to the vector $N$. So $\theta_V$ is the ...
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Transformation to spherical coordinate system

If I have a sphere $T: x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}\leqslant 10z$ by transformation to the spherical coordinate system by the: $ x=r\cos\theta\sin\varphi\\ y=r\sin\theta\sin\varphi\\ z=r\cos\varphi $ What is ...
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Numerical method to solve a trigonometric (cotangent) function - transient heat transfer problem

I was trying to develop a mathematical model for transient one-dimensional heat conduction of spheres using approximate analytical solution as mentioned in Cengel{refer page number 229 in that ...
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How to resolve this equation to another value?

Sorry guys, I don't know how to be more specific in the question without writing a way too long question... Anyway my problem: I have this formula to calculate the distance between two points on the ...
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Changing from rectangular coordinates to spherical coordinates (integration)

I am taking calculus 3 and I have problems understanding how to change from rectangular coordinates to spherial ones (integration). For example, I have this problem: Find the volume of the solid $T$ ...
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Simple approach for geo distance

I wanted to show my nephew(16) a simple approach to calculate the distance between two geo-locations. The mathematical knowledge of a 16-year old boy is limited to simple geometrical shapes like ...
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Distance measurement between latitude/longiture pairs.

I need to calculate the distance between two lat/lng coordinate pairs. In addition, If given an initial lat/lng coordinate, angle of travel, and distance, I need to calculate the resulting lat/lng ...
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Integration on the unit sphere

I have an integral on the unit sphere as follows. $$I(\mathbf{s}_1, \mathbf{s}_2) = \int_{\mathbb{S}^2} f(\mathbf{x} \cdot \mathbf{s}_1)f(\mathbf{x}\cdot\mathbf{s}_2)d\mathbf{x} $$ where the ...
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Converting between spherical coordinate systems

Say I have the spherical coordinates of some locations, specifically their longitude ($0$ to 360) and latitude (latitude = $0$ at equator, $90$ at north pole, $-90$ at south pole) on a sphere with a ...
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Analytically derive n-spherical coordinates conversions from cartesian coordinates

I'm finding it difficult to find any non-geometrical derivation of coordinate conversions from cartisan to spherical. I can understand the derivations geometrically, because I can visualize the ...
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Divergence Theorem to evaluate integral where S is a sphere

Use the Divergence Theorem to evaluate $$\iint_S x^2y^2+y^2z^2+z^2x^2 dS$$ where $S$ is the surface of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$. So the divergence of F is $2y^2x+2z^2y+2x^2z$. Then I tried to ...
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How many coordinates are necessary to determine a sphere?

Do determine a circle, you would need at least three coordinates. How many are necessary to determine a sphere?
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Equation for making a circle in 3D space

I have a 3D space with axis $(x, y ,z)$ and I can make a circle in the $xy$-plane. To make a circle in the xy-plane I currently use spherical coordinates $(r, \theta, \phi)$ where $r = 1$, $\theta = ...
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Monte Carlo simulation on sphere: unbiased random steps

Im doing a Metropolis Monte Carlo simulation with particles on a sphere and have a question concerning the random movement in a given time step. I understand that to obtain a uniform distribution of ...
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Coordinates of interception point Y with XY being the shortest distance of X to AB on sphere

How would one calculate the interception point $Y$ with $\overleftrightarrow{XY}$ being the shortest distance of $X$ to $\overleftrightarrow{AB}$? This answer to the question How to find the ...
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Parametric representation of rectangular form in terms of parameters $\rho$ & $\theta$

I need to represent the cone $z=\sqrt{3x^2+3y^2}$ parametrically in terms of $\rho$ and $\theta$ where $(\rho,\theta,\phi)$ are spherical coordinates. Attempt. I tried using: ...
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Integral from Sphere to Disc

Suppose one has an integral of the form $\int_{S_1^{d-1}} f(\phi(v)) d \text{vol}_{S_1^{d-1}}(v)$. Here $S_1^{d-1}\subset \mathbb{R}^d$ is the unit sphere. Let $B_1^{d-1}\subset\mathbb{R}^{d-1}$ be ...
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Transforming from one spherical coordinate system to another

I have a set of points on the surface of a sphere specified in one coordinate system (specifically, the equatorial coordinate system), and for each point I need to work on all its neighbouring points ...
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Find third point in mapping system

I have two points defined: $A$ and $B$ For both I know $x,y$, longitude, and latitude (gps coordinates). How do I calculate $x,y$ of a third point $C$ when I know its longitude and latitude? I know ...
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Calculate a point on a geodesic line on an ellipsoid

I have a problem which i don't understand how to achieve. Maybe someone could sheed some light on it. Have a look at this picture: What I try to achieve is to determine the point D on the geodesic ...
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Implicit partial derivative of a spherical cap

Consider a spherical cap, for which the base radius is $a$ and the height is $h$. Then, the surface area and volume is (these equations can be found on Wolfram Mathworld) $A(a,h) = \pi(a^2 +h^2)$, ...
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How to find Latitudes and Longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane below earth's surface?

I want to find out the latitudes and longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane inside the earth's surface. I know dimensions of rectangle, angles of orientation and latitude and ...
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Projecting non-central Gaussian on a sphere?

Suppose I have an $n$-dimensional Gaussian random variable with mean $\mu\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and covariance matrix $\sigma^2I_n$, where $I_n$ is the identity matrix. If I condition on the distribution ...
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volume in spherical coordinates

I am trying to find the region bounded by the sphere $p = 2\cos\psi$ and hemisphere $p=1$, $z\geq 0$. Not quiet sure not to do this problem, so please help.
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Distortion in spherical coordinates

I'm trying to realized 3d models of stones. My idea was to create a 2D random angular distribution with opportune correlation, namely $R(\theta,\varphi)=rand(\theta,\varphi,c_l)$ where ...
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Proof of $\vec(r) \times \nabla$ in spherical coordinates

My professor claims, that $\vec{r} \times \vec{\nabla} = \vec{e}_{\varphi} \frac{\partial}{\partial \vartheta} - \vec{e}_{\vartheta} \frac{1}{r\sin \vartheta} \frac{\partial}{\partial \varphi}$ in ...
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Numerical solution needed for the quadratic equation (spheres)

There are three point coordinates $A(x_1,y_1,z_1),B(x_2,y_2,z_2),C(x_3,y_3,z_3)$, where $z_1=z_2=z_3$ Now, $(x-x_1)^2+(y-y_1)^2+(z-z_1)^2=d_1^2$ this equation can be written for my system as ...
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Computing distance from line to point in geodetic environment

Supposing to be in a cartesian plan and that I have the following point: $$A(x_{1},y_{1}), B(x_{2},y_{2}), C(x_{3},y_{3}), D(x_{4},y_{4})$$ $$P(x_{0},y_{0})$$ Now immagine two lines, the fist one ...