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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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 $\varphi,\...
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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 ...
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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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Find limits of integration for the interior region of sphere with center $(a,0,0)$ and radius $a$ using spherical coordinates

I am asked to find limits of integration for the interior region of sphere with center $(a,0,0)$ and radius $a$ using spherical coordinates. How can one do that? I know that one may use $$ x = r \...
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Set up the triple integral for region between cylinders $x^2 + y^2 = 9 \quad x^2 + y^2 = 16 \quad z = 4+x^2$ and $0xy$ plane

I ran into a problem that I am not sure about the correct answer. The question is: Set up the triple integral for region between $x^2 + y^2 = 9 \quad x^2 + y^2 = 16 \quad z = 4+x^2$ and $0xy$ ...
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Angle between arc of two points on a unit sphere and $xy$-plane [closed]

Suppose I have two points on a unit sphere whose spherical coordinates are $A(\theta_1,\phi_1)$ and $B(\theta_2,\phi_2)$, what is the angle between $xy$-plane and arc $AB$? Maybe I can draw a ...
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Write the equation $4x^{2}+4z^{2}=5$ in spherical coordinates.

Write the equation $4x^{2}+4z^{2}=5$ in spherical coordinates. I used the facts that $$ \begin{align} x&=ρ\sin\theta\cos\phi\;,\\ z&=ρ\cos\phi\;, \end{align} $$ And ended up with: $ 4 (ρ^2 ...
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Convergence of $\iiint \frac{dxdydz}{(x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2})^\alpha}$

I'm studying the convergence of the following triple integral $$I(\alpha) = \iiint \limits_{\Omega_{3}}\frac{dxdydz}{(x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2})^\alpha}\tag{*}$$ Where $$\Omega_{3} = \{(x, y, z) \in \mathbb{...
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Dot product in integral over spherical coordinates

Midway through solving a question, I have an intermediate integral: $$ G(\vec x,t)=\frac{c}{16 \pi^3} \iiint _{\mathbb{R}^3} \frac{\sin (tck)}{k} e^{i \vec{x} . \vec{k}} d^3 \vec k $$ Now what I ...
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Cartesian to Spherical coordinate conversion specific case when Φ is zero and θ is indeterminant

Following is the conversion for spherical to cartesian coordinate \begin{align} x &= r \cos\theta \sin\varphi \\ y &= r \sin\theta \sin\varphi \\ z &= r \cos\varphi \end{align} and we are ...
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What is the easiest way to find the radius and center of the circle of intersection between two spheres?

If given two spheres $S_1$ and $S_2$, of radius $r_1$ and $r_2$, centered at 3-space points $P_1$ and $P_2$, respectively. What is the easiest way to find the radius and center of the circle of ...
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Proving $v$ is harmonic

Let $u$ be a harmonic function in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and let $a > 0$. Show that the function $v$ defined in spherical coordinates by $v(r,\theta,\psi )=\frac{a}{r}u(\frac{a^2}{r},\theta,\psi)$ is ...
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Dual Spaces vs Dual Bases

I'm trying to wrap my head around differentiable manifolds and tensors. I partially worked through a question which asked me to use the metric tensor and the line element in spherical polar ...
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What is the equivalent of <x,y,z> in spherical coordinates?

I know this is a very newbie question, but what is the equivalent of $\langle x,y,z \rangle$ in spherical coordinates? I'd think it would be $\langle r, \theta, \phi \rangle$ but the divergences ...
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Create a rectangle with coordinates (latitude and longitude)

I have two points on a map, I want to create a rectangle where the two points are the line that intersect the rectangle. I understand that there is no true rectangle on a sphere, but the areas I am ...
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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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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 $\theta\in[...
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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 $\theta=\frac{...
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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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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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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 ...