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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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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How to find all 3 orthogonal vectors to a 4D vector

For a program I'm writing, I need to find the vectors orthogonal to a given vector rotated at an arbitrary angle, and in 4D. It is a unit vector. For 3D, I found the two orthogonal vectors like ...
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Probably Riemann surface integral

Here is the integral: May you please suggest some beautiful idea on using Riemann surface, or some Gauss-Ostrogradsky at the beginning. Also, the initial integral looks really symmetric, so maybe ...
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How to calculate volume of a cylinder using triple integration in “spherical” co-ordinate system?

Lets have a cylinder given by $x^2+y^2=1$ which is cut from the top by plane $z=2$ and bottom by $z=-2$.I am having problem regarding the limits of ρ for the equation ∭ ρ sin^2ϕ dρ dϕ dθ where ϕ is ...
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Integrating Over Truncated Sphere

Consider the volume bounded by the sphere of radius R (with center $r_0$ = R/2 z) and the plane z = 0. Evaluate $\int dS$ over the surface of the truncated sphere. I'm not sure how to integrate over ...
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Volume of a sphere (r=2a) with hole(r=a) drilled through centre, using spherical polar coordinates.

Need help solving 11.bi), A cylindrical hole of radius a is bored through the center of a sphere of radius 2a. Find the volume of the remaining material, using spherical polar coordinates. (You ...
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Conversion from Spherical Coordinates to Cartesian Coordinates aligned along arbitrary polar axis

I have spherical coordinates $w = (\theta, \phi)$ such that $\theta$ is the angle between $w$ and the polar axis (let's assume $z$ is up). Assuming $w$ is a unit vector, the conversion to cartesian ...
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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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How to derive curl in spherical coordinates

This is one of those questions where I know I am making a dumb mistake someplace and I am trying to check where it is. $$ \begin{vmatrix} \frac{\bf\hat r}{r^2\sin\theta} & ...
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Writing triple integrals in spherical coordinates over nonspherical/nonconical regions

Defining upper and lower limits of integration for $\rho$, $\theta$, and $\phi$ is relatively easy when writing a triple integral in spherical coordinates if the region of integration is defined by ...
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Angled Spherical Sector - formulas?

I am glad to be here. First off, please excuse my almost saddening lack of knowledge. Math (in general) isn't my strong point. I might ask some really basic questions, you have been warned :) The ...
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Energy of particles on sphere and uniform rotation

I have a computer program containing some particles on a unit sphere, characterized by their positions $\{(\theta_i,\phi_i)\}$. They have a total energy given by the arc distance between particle ...
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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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Prove that hyperspherical coordinates are a diffeomorphism, derive Jacobian

The explicit form for the transformation into hyperspherical coordinates is $$x_1 = r\sin\theta_1 \sin\theta_2 \dotsb \sin \theta_{n-1} \\ x_2 = r\sin\theta_1 \sin\theta_2 \dotsb \cos \theta_{n-1} \\ ...
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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 calculate the angle between two vectors, defined by 3 points on the earth?

I want to develop a formula to calculate the angle between two vectors. The vectors will be OX and OY (from point O to X , and Y), where the points are defined by their latitude and longitude values. ...
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Integration in n-spherical coordinates

I'd like to compute the following integral: $$I = \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} {\rm d}^n x \; \frac{e^{i \vec x \cdot \vec k}}{\vec x^2}$$ My first step is to use generalized spherical coordinates and then I ...
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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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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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can a great circle route be predicted from initial condition?

Assuming the world is a sphere with no wind, can the great circle route of a vessel be predicted from the current position $\{\phi_i,\lambda_i\}$ and the current true course $\theta_i$? Presently, ...
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Finding a 3D co-ordinate using triangluation

I'm trying to find a real world coordinate where 3 spheres collide and interact. At the moment I have been able to set up my triangulation equations so that I can work out the 2D position of where my ...
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Maximum Gravity Around a Unit Sphere

Most simulations that involve planetary gravity use Newton's law of universal gravitation and treat planets like point-masses. This is very accurate at large distances, and fairly accurate all the ...
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Interpolating geographic coordinates

I have two geographic coordinates. Let's call them $A$ and $B$: A = latitude 41.34759, longitude -75.77415 B = latitude 41.34769, longitude -75.77404 My unknown ...
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$dxdydz \to -r^2\sin(\theta)\sin(\phi+\theta)dr d\phi d\theta$?

So I got this answer $-r^2\sin \theta\sin(\phi+\theta)dr d(\phi)d(\theta)$ which I think is wrong because I googled it and it must be $-r^2\sin\theta dr d\phi d\theta,$ but $\sin(\phi+\theta$) clearly ...
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Why there is discontinuity at Zenith in Spherical-coordinate system?

I tried to plot the following function in spherical-coordinate system : $$ r(\phi,\theta)=\left(\frac{\sin\phi}{\phi}\frac{\sin\theta}{\theta}\right)^2$$ (definition/references for ...
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Proving that $\nabla \times (U(r) \hat{r} = 0 $

I was just checking to see if I wsa doing this right, as it isn't a formal proof. Just showing the identity. Let $U(r) \hat{r}$ b a vector in spherical coordinates. Given that the vector is only ...
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Deriving equations of motion in spherical coordinates

OK, we've been asked to derive the equations of motion in spherical coordinates. According to the assignment, we should end up with this: $$ \bf \vec{v} \rm = \frac{d \bf \vec{r} \rm}{dt} = \dot{r} ...
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Finding the the radius of a sphere

I'm having a hard time to find the radius of this sphere equation. I got the center correct, but I can't get the correct answer for the radius. I'm completing the square, but my solution is off. I ...
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Finding out the nodes from spherical symmetric equation for mathematica and then plotting it in gnu-plot

What I want to do is to draw a curve for the spherical partial differential equation for S at rho=0: \begin{equation} \frac{\partial^2S}{\partial \rho^2}+\frac{d-1}{\rho}\,\frac{\partial S}{\partial ...
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Reverse use of Haversine formula

Alright the title is not the best. What I want to do is to change the given parameters in Haversine's formula. If we know the lat,lng of two points we can calculate their distance. I found the ...
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How to calculate a Vector Field in Spherical Coordinates

I am having trouble with the following problem. I keep on getting a long unmanagable result - so any suggestion as to where I've gone wrong/how to do this would be a lifesaver! Please? Consider a ...
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Are spherical coordinates unique orthogonal coordinates on sphere?

Spherical coordinates on unit sphere are defined by the following transformation: $$\begin{cases}x=\sin\theta\cos\varphi\\ y=\sin\theta\sin\varphi\\ z=\cos\theta\end{cases}$$ Are these coordinates ...
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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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Joint PDF for spherical region

A sphere has a coordinate system (r, $\theta$, $\phi$) with the origin at the center of the sphere. What is the joint PDF of the r and $\phi$ coordinates, $f_{r,\phi}(r,\phi)$, for a randomly ...
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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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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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Transforming an integral over $R^n$ to a radius and a directional vector (aka Spherical-Radial)

In several papers by John Monahan and Alan Genz there's mention of a spherical-radial transformation: $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} f(\mathbf{x}) ~\mathrm{d}\mathbf{x} = \int_0^\infty ...
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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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“Great Circle” distance [duplicate]

Given two points on a sphere, then the "great circle distance" between two points is the length of the smallest arc of a great circle containing both points. Assume that $\Sigma$ is a sphere of radius ...
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3d-diffusion equation in spherical coordinates (numerical), boundary problem

There is one boundary problem $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}= \operatorname{div}\left(a^2 E \nabla u\left(r,\varphi,\psi \right) \right) $$ in a ball $$ B_{1}(0)=\left\{x \in \mathbb{R^3}: \left\| ...
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Exterior Product $d\Phi_1\wedge d\Phi_2$ and spherical coordinates

One short question: If $\Phi\colon\mathbb{R}^3\to\mathbb{R}^3$, defined by $$ \begin{pmatrix}r\\\vartheta\\\phi\end{pmatrix}\mapsto\begin{pmatrix}r\sin \vartheta\cos \phi\\r\sin \vartheta ...
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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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Volume of a Cylinder Using Cylindrical Coordinates and Triple Integration

Calculate the Volume $V$ of a right circular cylinder of radius $a$ and height $h$, using cylindrical coordinates and triple integration.
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Nodes in spherical equations and graph matching

The graph for this spherical equation is, (equation no 44) $$\frac{d^2 S}{d \rho^2}+ \frac{D-1}{\rho}\frac{dS}{d \rho}-S +S^3=0.$$ What I didn't understand here is $S_0, S_1,S_2$ and $S_3$. ...
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Laplacian on Sphere of Function Only Depending on Angle Between Points

Consider a function $f:S^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ , with $S^2$ the unit $2$-sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let's say that $f$ depends only on the polar angle $\theta$ from the north pole (e.g., $f(r,\theta,\phi) ...
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Triple Integral over a shifted sphere

I am interested in the following: Let $f(x,y,z)$ be a given (known) function in Cartesian coordinates, and let $B_d(p_0) = \{ y: ||y-p_0|| < d \}$ (i.e., a sphere centered at p_0). I want to ...
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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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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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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 ...