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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Why must power series count up by integers 0,1,2.. in 3D harmonic oscillator in spherical coordinates?

http://www.physicspages.com/2013/01/17/harmonic-oscillator-in-3-d-spherical-coordinates/ http://quantummechanics.ucsd.edu/ph130a/130_notes/node244.html These are two links that have roughly the same ...
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Determine the volume of a solid given specific bounds

Determine the volume of the solid enclosed by the paraboloid $z = x^2 + y^2$ and the plane with equation $4x − 2y + z = 0$. Could someone explain to me whether I use double integral polar coordinates ...
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Intersection of two spherical caps in $(n+1)$-dimensional Euclidian space

I want to compute the intersection area of two spherical caps whose tops are placed on two orthogonal axes in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. In spherical coordinates, the surface element is given by $$ \,dS = \...
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Evaluating integrals in R^m

Let $|\cdot|_m$ denote the Euclidean norm in $\mathbb{R}^m$. Then I wish to prove that $\displaystyle\int\limits_{\mathbb{R}^m}|x|_me^{-|x|_m}dx<\infty$ It's kinda embarrassing to say this, but ...
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Can anyone check if this correct?

Convert to spherical coordinates and evaluate:$$\iiint_{E}z(x^2+y^2+z^2)^{-3/2}dV$$ where E is the region satisfying the following inequalities:$$x^2+y^2+z^2\le16,z\ge 2$$ This is what i have done so ...
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How to tell if two spherical coordinates lie on the same plane

I have the rho, theta, and phi values of two points, how can one tell that two vectors are normal to the same plane by looking at their spherical coordinates?
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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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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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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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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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How to minimize $ab + bc + ca$ given $a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = 1$?

The question is to prove that $ab + bc + ca$ lies in between $-1$ and $1$, given that $a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = 1$. I could prove the maxima by the following approach. I changed the coordinates to spherical ...
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Solving a non-linear, multivariable system of equations

I'm researching the mathematics behind GPS, and at the moment I'm trying to get my head around how to solve the following system of equations: $\sqrt{(x-x_1)^2+(y-y_1)^2+(z-z_1)^2}=r_1$ $\sqrt{(x-...
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Optimal distribution of points over the surface of a sphere

How can one generate a distribution of N points over the surface of a sphere so that the all N voronoi cells have the same area? Which is the best algorithm for this?
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How to solve this equation in spherical coordinates

I am trying to find the angles $\phi$ that satisfy the following equation: $$ \cos\phi + \sqrt{\cos^2\phi+15}=\frac{2}{\sin\phi}, $$ where $\phi \in [0,\pi ]$. The geometric interpretation of this ...
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Converting from cylindrical to spherical coordinates?

I am supposed to convert the point $(100, -\dfrac{\pi}{6}, 50)$ from cylindrical to spherical. The $\rho$ and $\theta$ are easy ( $\sqrt{100^2+50^2}, \dfrac{\pi}{6}$ respectively) but the $\phi$ is ...
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Computing a double integral over a surface S, where S is the unit sphere,

$$ \int \int_S (x^2+y^2)d\sigma$$ Where S is the unit sphere centered at (0,0,0), and $\sigma$ is surface area. I arrived at the correct answer of $\large \frac{8\pi}{3}$, but I took an (educated?) ...
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Finding the Limits of the Triple Integral (Spherical Coordinates)

Let $D$ be the region in $\mathbb{R}^3$ below $z=-\sqrt{x^2 + y^2}$ and above $z=-\sqrt{4-x^2 -y^2}$. Rewrite \begin{align*}\iiint \limits_D z^2 dV\end{align*} using Spherical Coordinates. I ...
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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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Coordinates notation in Spherical polar system

There is a number of conventions for specifying coordinates in Spherical polar coordinate system: ($r$, $θ$, $φ$), ($r$, $φ$, $θ$), ($\rho$, $\theta$, $\phi$) and even ($r$, $\psi$, $θ$). The article ...
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Can someone please help me convert this triple integral to spherical coordinates?

I'm not sure how to approach the problem, though I know it needs to be broken up into two integrals before it can be evaluated based on the way the answer input is set up. I do not know how to start ...
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How are arc components of a spherical system derived?

I am studying a flight dynamics book (see Flight Dynamics by Stengel) and am rusty on spherical coordinates. Commonly, aerospace coordinates use a North/East/Down right-hand system. So $z=-h$, ...
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Volume of the region outside of a cylinder and inside a sphere

The cylinder is $x^2 +y^2 = 1$ and the sphere is $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 4$. I have to find the volume of the region outside the cylinder and inside the sphere. The triple spherical integral for this ...
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Solve double integral

$$ \int_0^2 \int_0^{4-x^2} \frac{xe^{2y}}{4-y} \, dy\, dx $$ I'm stuck with this problem. I think I should change it so I integrate with respect to $dx \, dy$ but I'm not sure. Any help? Thanks
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Multivariable Calculus Volume of Integration Question

I have an integral $$ \iiint\sqrt{x^{2} + y^{2} + z^{2}\,}\,{\rm e}^{-\left(x^{2} + y^{2} + z^{2}\right)}\, {\rm d}x\,{\rm d}y\,{\rm d}z $$ The integration region is bounded by the sphere $\left\{\...
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Consider the region shared by ρ=8cos(φ) and ρ=4. Find the volume of the region.

Consider the region shared by ρ=8cos(φ) and ρ=4. Find the volume of the region. I know it involves a triple integral, but do not understand how to set up the integral.
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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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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} (\theta,\...
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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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Equation of a circle in spherical coordinates

What would be the equation of an arbitrary circle rotated along some angle theta around the X-axis in spherical coordinates? For simplicity we may assume that it is a circle with constant radius r. ...
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Rewrite equation using cylindrical and spherical coordinates.

I want to rewrite the equation $z=x^2-y^2$ using cylindrical and spherical coordinates. The cartesian coordinates are of the form $(x,y,z)$. The spherical coordinates are of the form $(\rho, \theta, ...
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Volume Between Spheres – Spherical Coordinates

I'm trying to find the volume between the spheres: $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 9$ and: $x^2 + y^2 + (z-2)^2 = 9$ I have calculated this, but have a strong feeling that little of what I did was actually ...
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find ANY point of tangency from a point to a sphere using spherical coordinates

I have a point $B$ in 3d space. I also have sphere with centre $C$ and radius $R$. I'm trying to find ANY point of tangency $T$ from that point $B$ to that sphere using spherical coordinates. So ...
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Sum of two vectors in spherical coordinates. [duplicate]

What is the sum of two vectors in spherical coordinates? The coordinate system: Assume we have vectors $(r_1,\theta_1,\phi_1)$ and $(r_2,\theta_2,\phi_2)$ in spherical coordinates. I know the sum ...
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dot-product spherical

I want to calculate dotproduct of $ e_r *e_\phi $ they are unit vectors in spherical. where my spherical coordinates is $(r,\phi,\theta)$ My attempt is first to convert them to cartesian: which ...
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Formula to convert Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates? [closed]

I have this formula: x, y, z = cos(vertical)*sin(horizontal), sin(vertical), cos(vertical)*cos(horizontal) Which maps a spherical coordinates (horizontal and ...
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Cross product spherical coordinates

I can't wrap my head around the result of the cross product of two vectors in spherical coordinates. Is it a vector or something that I can represent geometrically? For example, given two vectors in ...
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Azimuth angle limit in Spherical co-ordinate system

In spherical co-ordinate system (r, θ, φ), θ can range from 0 to 2pi, but φ only varies from 0 to pi. Why is that?
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analytic solution poisson equation spherical coordinates

I'm trying to analitically solve a poisson equation $\nabla^{2}p(r,\theta,\phi)=f(r,\theta)$ in spherical coordinates; the boundary condition is $p(\infty,\theta,\phi)$=0. I'm quite used to the ...
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How can I evaluate this integral over a sphere, with surface area element instead of volume element?

$$\int_S (x^2 + y^2)d\sigma,$$ where S is the sphere of radius 1 centered at (0,0,0) and $\sigma$ is surface area. I would like some hints on how to proceed. This is tricky, since I am not being ...