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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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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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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Finding a 3D co-ordinate using triangluation

I'm trying to find a real world coordinate where 3 spheres collide and interact. At the moment I have been able to set up my triangulation equations so that I can work out the 2D position of where my ...
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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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Interpolating geographic coordinates

I have two geographic coordinates. Let's call them $A$ and $B$: A = latitude 41.34759, longitude -75.77415 B = latitude 41.34769, longitude -75.77404 My unknown ...
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$dxdydz \to -r^2\sin(\theta)\sin(\phi+\theta)dr d\phi d\theta$?

So I got this answer $-r^2\sin \theta\sin(\phi+\theta)dr d(\phi)d(\theta)$ which I think is wrong because I googled it and it must be $-r^2\sin\theta dr d\phi d\theta,$ but $\sin(\phi+\theta$) clearly ...
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Why there is discontinuity at Zenith in Spherical-coordinate system?

I tried to plot the following function in spherical-coordinate system : $$ r(\phi,\theta)=\left(\frac{\sin\phi}{\phi}\frac{\sin\theta}{\theta}\right)^2$$ (definition/references for ...
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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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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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Finding the the radius of a sphere

I'm having a hard time to find the radius of this sphere equation. I got the center correct, but I can't get the correct answer for the radius. I'm completing the square, but my solution is off. I ...
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Finding out the nodes from spherical symmetric equation for mathematica and then plotting it in gnu-plot

What I want to do is to draw a curve for the spherical partial differential equation for S at rho=0: \begin{equation} \frac{\partial^2S}{\partial \rho^2}+\frac{d-1}{\rho}\,\frac{\partial S}{\partial ...
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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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How to calculate a Vector Field in Spherical Coordinates

I am having trouble with the following problem. I keep on getting a long unmanagable result - so any suggestion as to where I've gone wrong/how to do this would be a lifesaver! Please? Consider a ...
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Are spherical coordinates unique orthogonal coordinates on sphere?

Spherical coordinates on unit sphere are defined by the following transformation: $$\begin{cases}x=\sin\theta\cos\varphi\\ y=\sin\theta\sin\varphi\\ z=\cos\theta\end{cases}$$ Are these coordinates ...
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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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Joint PDF for spherical region

A sphere has a coordinate system (r, $\theta$, $\phi$) with the origin at the center of the sphere. What is the joint PDF of the r and $\phi$ coordinates, $f_{r,\phi}(r,\phi)$, for a randomly ...
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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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Probability density function for radius within part of a sphere

I would like to find the probability density function for radius within a given section of a sphere. For example, suppose I specify $\pi / 4 < \theta < \pi / 3$ and $\pi /7 < \phi < \pi ...
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Transforming an integral over $R^n$ to a radius and a directional vector (aka Spherical-Radial)

In several papers by John Monahan and Alan Genz there's mention of a spherical-radial transformation: $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} f(\mathbf{x}) ~\mathrm{d}\mathbf{x} = \int_0^\infty ...
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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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“Great Circle” distance [duplicate]

Given two points on a sphere, then the "great circle distance" between two points is the length of the smallest arc of a great circle containing both points. Assume that $\Sigma$ is a sphere of radius ...
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3d-diffusion equation in spherical coordinates (numerical), boundary problem

There is one boundary problem $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}= \operatorname{div}\left(a^2 E \nabla u\left(r,\varphi,\psi \right) \right) $$ in a ball $$ B_{1}(0)=\left\{x \in \mathbb{R^3}: \left\| ...
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Exterior Product $d\Phi_1\wedge d\Phi_2$ and spherical coordinates

One short question: If $\Phi\colon\mathbb{R}^3\to\mathbb{R}^3$, defined by $$ \begin{pmatrix}r\\\vartheta\\\phi\end{pmatrix}\mapsto\begin{pmatrix}r\sin \vartheta\cos \phi\\r\sin \vartheta ...
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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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Volume of a Cylinder Using Cylindrical Coordinates and Triple Integration

Calculate the Volume $V$ of a right circular cylinder of radius $a$ and height $h$, using cylindrical coordinates and triple integration.
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Nodes in spherical equations and graph matching

The graph for this spherical equation is, (equation no 44) $$\frac{d^2 S}{d \rho^2}+ \frac{D-1}{\rho}\frac{dS}{d \rho}-S +S^3=0.$$ What I didn't understand here is $S_0, S_1,S_2$ and $S_3$. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Spherical coordinates of a unit vector around a normal $N$

So if I have a unit normal for a surface $N(x,y,z)$ and an incident unit vector $V(x,y,z)$ to that surface, how would I represent the vector V in spherical coordinates relative to the normal?
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Directions in spherical coordinates

Say I have a system with standard spherical coordinates. There's a man on that sphere and he's standing on the equator facing east. He chooses a random angle $0°-360°$ and turns that much in the clock ...
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Laplace-Beltrami on a sphere

I'm trying to compute the Laplace-Beltrami of the function $u(r,\varphi,\theta) = 12\sin(3\varphi)\sin^3(\theta)$ on a unit sphere. Note that $\varphi$ is the azimuth, i.e. $\varphi \in [0,2\pi]$ and ...
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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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Spherically Symmetric Function

Suppose $f:\mathbb{R}^3\setminus B(0,1) \to \mathbb{R}$ is smooth and satisfies $f(S^2)=0$, i.e. the unit sphere is a level set of $f$. Does it necessarily follow that $f$ is a spherically symmetric ...
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Distance of two points in spherical coordinates

Today I was trying to solve a physics exercise and ran into some mathematical problems. Consider two concentric spheres $K_{1,2}$ with radii $R_{1,2}$. I wanna solve the following integral: $$E_{ij} ...
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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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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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Intersection of two arcs on sphere

I have two arcs on a sphere that are defined as pair of points: (θ₀, φ₀), (θ₁, φ₁). I need to find a point where they intersect, or some indication if they don't. What is important is that they are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Triple Integral Spherical Coordinates

So I have to compute the triple integral of this: $\int\int\int \frac{1}{1+x^2+y^2+z^2}$ and it says the equation of the sphere is $ x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = z$ which is just an elongated sphere running ...
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How to integrate a vector function in spherical coordinates?

How to integrate a vector function in spherical coordinates? In my specific case, it's an electric field on the axis of charged ring (see image below), the integral is pretty easy, but I don't ...
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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 ...