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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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: $\sqrt{(x-x_1)^2+(y-y_1)^2+(z-z_1)^2}=r_1$ ...
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Find the average value of this function

Find the average value of $e^{-z}$ over the ball $x^2+y^2+z^2 \leq 1$.
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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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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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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 ...
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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} ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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, abstract 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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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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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 ...