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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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 ...
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Help with limits of integration in spherical coordinates

$$\int_\Omega F(\theta,\phi) \sin(\phi) \, d\Omega$$ where $\Omega$ represents the (outer) surface of a spherical cap on a unit sphere. Specifically, let the center of the spherical cap be in some ...
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Manifolds, coordinate systems, books

Which books, say Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds or Munkres' Analysis on Manifolds explains how the theory of a differentiable manifolds can be used to solve a problem that is expressed in a ...
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Convert $x^2+y^2+z^2=49$ to spherical coordinates

I really need your help to convert this $x^2+y^2+z^2=49$ to spherical coordinates. I tried it and I got $(R\sin\phi\cos\theta)^2+(R\sin\phi\sin\theta)^2+(R\cos\phi)^2=49$. But it says that it is ...
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Area of surface parametrized in spherical coordinates

Suppose we have a smooth, bounded, closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ which can be parametrized by giving the distance from the origin as a function $r(\varphi,\theta)$ of spherical angles ...
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Writing the squared sine as a Legendre polynomial of cosine

I'm just getting learning about how Legendre polynomials come about when considering product solutions in spherical coordinates with azimuthal symmetry. I'm trying a problem on my own, and I'm a bit ...
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Under what conditions can we change the order of integration in any coordinate system?

I thought of this question while mindlessly setting up another integral in spherical coordinates - I usually swap the orders of integration in spherical coordinates without thinking, and I'm not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to solve this problem using spherical coordinates system?

The question is very simple: Volume inside the solid limited by:$ (X^2+Y^2+Z^2=16), (X^2+Y^2=4)$ using SPHERICAL coordinates system. The final answer however can be checked making a "cylindrical ...
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Correct order of taking dot product and derivatives in spherical coordinates

I tried to derive definition of divergence in spherical coordinates from gradient and got: $${\vec \nabla \cdot \vec A=\bigg (\frac{\partial}{\partial r}\hat r+\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Projection of a 3D spherical function to a carteasian axis

I have a 3D function defined in a spherical coordinate system $(r,\theta,\phi)$, which is written as a product of a radial function $R_{nl}(r)$ and a spherical harmonic $Y_{lm}(\theta,\phi)$ I.e $$ ...
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Finding volume of a cone using triple integral

The cone has the formula: $x^2 + y^2 = z^2 , 0≤z≤2$ So I used the cylindrical coordinates to get the following answer: $$\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^2\int_0^2 dz\,rdr\,d\theta = 8\pi$$ In the solution of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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convert triple integral $\int_{-6}^{6}\int_{-\sqrt{36-x^2}}^{\sqrt{36-x^2}}\int_{x^2+y^2}^{36}x\,dz\,dy\,dx$ to spherical coordinates

I need to convert the following integral from rectangular to spherical coordinates $$ \int_{-6}^{6}\int_{-\sqrt{36-x^2}}^{\sqrt{36-x^2}}\int_{x^2+y^2}^{36}x\,dz\,dy\,dx $$ I am able to convert it to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Law sines in Spherical Triangle $\rightarrow$ Law sines in plane triangle

Could any one tell me how to estimate or get law of sines in Spherical Triangle to The Law of Sines in Plane Triangle? i.e $\frac{\sin a}{\sin A}=\frac{sin b}{\sin B}=\frac{\sin c}{\sin C}$ to ...
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Calculating spherical distance between two geo-locations

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 ...