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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Particular Solutions to Time Independent Nonhomogeneous PDE's in Spherical Coordinates

I find myself working with PDE's like: $$\nabla^2f = G$$ or $$\nabla^2 f + k^2f = G$$ in spherical coordinates. I know that the homogeneous form of these equations (Laplace's and Helmholtz) have ...
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How do I calculate the angles between a point on a sphere and each unit vector in $\Bbb R ^3$?

Given the Cartesian coordinates of any point $p$ on the surface of a sphere in $\Bbb R ^3$, how do I calculate the angles between each axis $(x, y, z)$ and the vector $n$ defined by origin $o$ and $p$....
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Geometry: What is being calculated here?

Context: I am a computer graphics programmer looking at a code-implementation. I need help understanding a function that has neither been documented properly nor commented. Given a circle with ...
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Coordinates on the sphere not global?

I'm reading a book on differential geometry and some part of the introduction I do not understand but I'm curious to understand it. Maybe someone can try to explain those parts to me. "Each point on ...
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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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Using spherical coordinates to find volume of a region

Use spherical coordinates to find the volume of the region lying above $z = \sqrt{3x^2+3y^2}$ and within the $x^2+y^2+z^2=2az$, $a>0$. So far I know that the first graph is a cone and the second ...
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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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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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How do I get vectors orthogonal to the one generated by the spherical coordinate formula?

Given a formula: F : ℝ → ℝ → ℝ3 F(θ,φ) = (cos(φ)*sin(θ), sin(φ)*sin(θ), cos(θ)) what are the formulas: ...
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volume using spherical coordinates

Let $$V = \{(x, y, z): x^2 + y^2 ≤ 4 , 0 ≤ z ≤ 4\}$$ be a cylinder and let $P$ be the plane through $(4, 0, 2), (0, 4, 2)$ and $(−4, −4, 4)$. Compute the volume of $C$ below the plane $P$. I'm having ...
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Solving LES containg spherical coordinates

i have a three-dimensional parametric equation of a line, where the directional vector is normalized and converted to spherical coordinates to calculate a angle offset. It looks like this: \begin{...
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Circle from three points on surface of sphere

I need to compute the circle on the surface of a sphere given three points on that very surface. It is very easy to do that in Euclidean geometry, but the sphere has no x and y, but just two angles ...
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Midpoint of two n-vectors

Currently I am using n-vectors (more information can be found here) for an accurate and singularity-free representation of coordinates on the earth's surface. For various reasons, I need to compute ...
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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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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} + \...
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Integrating a sphere by discs vs shells (spherical coordinates)

I am getting very confused about the following. Let's say I want to find the volume of a sphere. I can start with a circle having circumference $2\pi R\cos\theta$. I can multiply by $R d\theta$ and ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Is there a spherical coordinates system for vectors of complex numbers?

Suppose I have a scalar field $f(\vec{x})$, where $\vec{x}\in\mathbb{R}_3$, and I wish to average $f$ over a sphere $|\vec{x}|=R$: $\displaystyle\langle f\rangle_{R} = \frac{\int_{S} f(\vec{x})\, dS}{...
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Volume of solid by Spherical

Trouble setting up the integrals for this problem. Find the volume of the solid bounded by $x^2 + y^2 = 1, z = 0$, $z = 6$, $y\geq 1/2$. Use integration with Spherical coordinates. (Hint: Use two ...
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Short question about spherical coordinates

If I have a vector orthogonal to the $x$-$y$ plane of an $xyz$ axis system, I mean, a vector with just $z$ component: How can I express it in spherical coordinates?
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Calculus 3 Spherical coordinates: I'm not sure how to set this up.

find the volume of the region enclosed by the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=324$ and the cylinder $(x-9)^2+y^2=81$ by using spherical coordinates. I'm just not seeing how to convert this into a form where ...
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Integrating a jacobian to find the volume.

I want to solve the following: Prove that $$\displaystyle \int_R \sin^{n-2}\phi_1 \sin^{n-3}\phi_2\cdots\sin \phi_{n-2} d\theta d\phi_1\cdots d\phi_{n-2} = \frac{2\pi^{n/2}}{\Gamma(n/2)}$$ where $ ...
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Computing the spherical coordinates in n-dimensions [duplicate]

This time I want to compute the Jacobian of the spherical coordinates in n dimensions, so it needs to give me the following result: $$\displaystyle r^{n-1}\sin^{n-2}\phi_1\sin^{n-3}\phi_2\cdots\sin\...
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How to compute the following Jacobian

I need to show that the Jacobian of the n-dimensional spherical coordinates is $$\displaystyle r^{n-1}\sin^{n-2}\phi_1\sin^{n-3}\phi_2\cdots\sin\phi_{n-2}$$ then I have computed the Jacobian matrix, ...
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Translation matrix in spherical coordinates system

I'm using WorldWind software to draw segments (polyline) on the globe to materialize an aircraft flightplan. Each point in a flightplan is named waypoint. Waypoints are expressed in geographical ...
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sphere-sphere intersection

Let $ S_1 : (x-1)^2 +y^2+z^2=1 $ $S_2 : x^2 +y^2 +z^2 =1$ $S_3 : (x+1)^2 +y^2 +z^2 =1 $ Find the volume of the solid inside $S_2$ and outside $S_1$ and $S_3$, using triple integrals. I have try ...
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x1, y1 and radius are given - can anything be assumed about x2, y2?

I have a list of lat/lng coordinates. Given the coordinates x1, y1, and a radius r -- is there anything I can assume about the coordinates that fall within the radius of x1, y1? For example, can I ...
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Does anybody know how to actually derive spherical harmonics in a way that is historically accurate and intuitive?

And by "historically accurate", I mean without resorting to techniques of derivation which were developed after the fact or explanations which use the very concept they're trying to explain. The few ...
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Find geo coordinate by a coordinate and an angle

I need some help with this problem. I have a GPS coordinate and an angle in degrees. I need a new GPS coordinate x km away from the point I already have. Degree is counted clockwise and y-axis is ...
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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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On the equidistant distribution of $n$ points on a sphere $S^2$ by algorithm and their “validity” measures by statistical methods

I have found an algorithm for distributing $n$ points $P_0, P_1, ..., P_n$ (approximately) equidstantly on a sphere where $$\varphi_i = \pi(\phi - 1)i \qquad \theta_i= \mathrm {asin} (2i/n - 1), i=0,...
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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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Cartesian to Spherical Coordinate Conversion for Triple Integral

I have a question regarding what happens to the boundaries when converting a triple integral from Cartesian to Spherical Coordinates. Example $$\int_{-a}^{a}\int_{-\sqrt{a^2-x^2}}^{\sqrt{a^2-x^2}}\...
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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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Solutions of the Laplace Equation in spherical coordinates

I would like some help with the following problem. Thanks for any help in advance. Use spherical coordinates to find all solutions of the Laplace equation ∆u(x)=0, u∈Ω⊂R3 that depend only on the ...
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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 : $$ \sqrt{r_1^2+r_2^2-2r_1r_2\...
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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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The geometric meaning of certain mappings written in cylindrical or spherical coordinates

What is the geometric meaning of the following mappings, that are written in cylindrical coordinates? The mappings are: $$(r, \theta, z) \rightarrow(r, \theta , -z) \\ (r, \theta , z) \rightarrow (r, ...
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Cylindrical - Spherical coordinates

We are given a point in cylindrical coordinates $(r, \theta , z)$ and we want to write it into spherical coordinates $(\rho , \theta , \phi)$. To do that do we have to write them first into ...
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Radius of the Earth at N32.704220, W90.000000?

I want to express a point on a map in radian spherical coordinates. By Google maps, this location is north of Canton, MS, USA just a few hundred feet from US 51. In radian spherical coordinates, $(?,-...
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$\delta$ in spherical coordinates: $\int_0^R\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^{\pi}\delta(\theta-\pi/2)(r^2\sin(\theta)\,d\theta \,d\phi \,dr)$

Suppose you have a disc of radius $R$, we can find its area in polar coordinates by: $$\int_0^R\int_0^{2\pi}(r\,d\phi \,dr)=\pi r^2$$ Naively, I also expect to be able to integrate in spherical ...
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Intensity distribution of a Lambertian LED as a function of angle

I have a practical spherical geometry problem that I'm having trouble cracking. I'm illuminating a planar surface with an LED that has a Lambertian intensity distribution, i.e. the intensity drops off ...
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Finding the (unit) direction vector given azimuth and elevation

I want to calculate a unit direction vector of a direction with given the azimuth and elevation (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azimuth), respectively $$\alpha \in [0^{\circ},360^{\circ}), \qquad \...
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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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Spherical distance

The spherical distance between two points (P1=(0,0,1) P2=($\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}}$,$\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}}$,$-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$) ) is $\frac{5\pi }{6}$ I am at a loss as to how the spherical distance was ...
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Mapping Coordinates on a Plane Tangent to a Sphere into Cartesian Coordinates in 3D Space

Before we begin, I must ask you to keep the vocabulary at high school level. These variables define the point the plane needs to be tangent to – the center of the circle is at the origin. r - defines ...
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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 ...
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How do I calculate opposite / most distanced coordinates on the earth?

If i get this coordinates: City Coordinates: 43°52′0″N 18°25′0″E φ Latitude °N, λ Longitude °E (of Map center): (43.8562586, 18.413076300000057) How do i determine most distant / opposite ...