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).

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
25 views

Spherical Coordinates ( plane y = -x)

I am attempting to express the plane y = -x in spherical coordinates. Is there any clean way to do this? I have expressions for rho, theta, and phi in my text book but I don't think anyone of those ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

Vector flux through a segment of a sphere

Given the vector field $\vec A(\vec r) = \vec r$, I have to calculate the vector flux through a sphere whose center is located in the origin. I want to apply Gauß-Theorem and use spherical ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Surface integral of $x^4+y^4+z^4$ over the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=a^2$

After doing regular methodology have reached upto integral shown in figure , but when i eliminate z from it it becomes very complicated to solve .Is there any other way to solve this .Thanks
1
vote
1answer
67 views

Changing to spherical coordinates to evaluate the integral

$$\iiint_D \,dz\,dy\,dx$$ where the region $D$ is defined as followed: $$0<z<\sqrt{9-x^2-y^2}$$ $$0<y<\sqrt{9-x^2}$$ $$0<x<3$$ I got the corresponding spherical coordinates for ...
1
vote
1answer
172 views

How to derive differential volume element in terms of spherical coordinates in high-dimensional Euclidean spaces?

How to derive differential volume element in terms of spherical coordinates in high-dimensional Euclidean spaces (explicitly)? A derivation is here but its conclusions seems not right? The expected ...
1
vote
1answer
236 views

Longitude and latitude problem

I find this question challenging. I am trying to solve this question for my younger brother. So here it goes: An airplane leaves an airport $X$, 20.6$^0E$ and 36.8$^0N$, and flies due south along the ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

vector components and dot product with unit vector

$E_{0}\hat z=\vec E_{0}rcos\theta=E_{0}cos\theta\, \hat r$ and $E_{0}cos\theta\, \hat r\circ \hat r =E_{0}cos\theta$ This just doesn't look right to me for some reason...
1
vote
1answer
148 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
371 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Spherical symmetry math

For spherical symmetry how the last four equations calculations is done? ccan you explain please? For reference see the equations 44
1
vote
3answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
923 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
226 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
315 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
412 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
289 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
171 views

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 $T$ ...
1
vote
2answers
218 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
276 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
355 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
322 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
224 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
211 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
3k views

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 = ...
1
vote
2answers
734 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
631 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
213 views

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: ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
148 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
34 views

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 = ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

PDE Heat Equation with Variable Coefficient {Second ODE Variable Coefficient}

Another PDE question: If I have a non constant coefficients in my heat equation (PDE), how do I solve it? For example we have: $\frac {\partial T}{\partial t} =\frac {\partial ^2 T}{\partial r^2} + ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

Cover the entire sphere with a moving cone

Assume you have a cone with half-angle theta in a 3D cartesian space, with the vertex of the cone in the origin, and that you want to rotate the cone along a curve so that it covers the entire sphere. ...
1
vote
0answers
23 views

Problem with center of mass in polar coordinates

When we calculate center of mass using rectangular coordinates, we find the average values in each coordinate. Obviously we can't do this very same thing in polar coordinates: if we integrated a ...
1
vote
0answers
38 views

distance in n-dimensional space

According to answer of this question : Distance between 2 points in 3D space (in spherical polar coordinates) The distance between 2 points in 3 dimensional space is : $$ ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Center of mass of a trick sphere-cone intersection

B is the solid region occupying the space situated inside the sphere of radius R centered at the origin and above the cone of equation $z = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2}$. The B density is proportional to the ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

How do you represent a vector that points to an arbitrary point on a sphere of radius R?

Is it just $$v = R \hat{r} + \theta\hat{\theta} + \psi \hat{\psi}$$ That doesn't seem right as the unit is not correct.
1
vote
1answer
112 views

Set up integral in spherical coordinates outside cylinder but inside sphere

I have the equation of a cylinder and the equation of a sphere given: Cylinder: $x^2+y^2=4$ Sphere: $x^2+y^2+z^2=25$ I'm asked to set this up in cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Cylindrical ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

3D rotational matrix between two spherical co-ordinate systems.

So I have a classical mechanics problem where I have worked out the azimuthal and altitude angle for a vector, I then want to apply rotational matrices so that the vector is realigned with the z axis ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

Convert from Spherical to Cylindrical Coordinates

The following integral is given in Spherical Coordinates, which procedure should I follow to express it in Cylindrical Coordinates? $$\int_{0}^\pi \int_{\frac{\pi}{6}}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

Parameterization of a closed curve on a sphere

I'm looking for a parameterization of a closed curve C on a sphere. assume the projections of C on y-z, x-z, x-y plane are f(x), g(y), h(z), respectively, and ${\oint}f(x)dx={\oint}g(y)dy=0$, and ...
1
vote
1answer
657 views

Rotation matrix in spherical coordinates

When given arbitrary point on a unit sphere $a = (\theta, \phi)$ and an arbitrary axis $\vec{A}=(\Theta, \Phi)$, can we have an algebraic expression for $a_1=(\theta_1, \phi_1)$ which is a rotation of ...
1
vote
0answers
55 views

integrate over quadrant of sphere

It is known that $\int_{x\in S}\exp(\kappa\mu^Tx)dx$ where S is the surface of the unit sphere is $\frac{(2\pi)^{p/2} I_{p/2-1}(\kappa) }{\kappa^{p/2-1}}$ where $p$ is the number of dimensions and $I$ ...
1
vote
2answers
179 views

Spherical harmonic expansion of a sphere

Seeing as one can expand any function on the sphere in terms of the spherical harmonics, I was thinking it should be possible to express the function for a sphere itself in terms of them. I have ...
1
vote
0answers
46 views

Convert geodetic coordinates to cartesian coordinates

I am working on some simulation software that will represent a number of entities in a defined geographic area in the world. The part of the software that I am currently working on is to implement ...
1
vote
0answers
38 views

Why did my teacher integrate \varphi in the opposite direction while solving a triple integral for volume in spherical coordinates?

In Calculus III class today we learned how to evaluate triple integrals in spherical coordinates. One of the example questions we worked on was to use a triple integral to find the volume of a shape. ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

Line-of-Sight Angle on Sphere

I'm trying to calculate the angle (in degrees) between two latitude/longitude pairs, but with a twist. Most calculations I see use the Great Circle / bearing method, but this does not seem correct ...