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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Rotating co-ordinates in 3D

Suppose I have 3 axes, $x$, $y$, and $z$ such that $x$ is horizontal, $y$ is vertical, and $z$ goes in/out of the computer screen where $+$ve values stick out and $-$ve values are sunken in. Suppose ...
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Knowing coordinates of a point having two coordinates and the distance.

I have the two geographic coordinates of the lower corners of a wall. So, for example, i want to know what is the coordinate that is for example 15cm on the right of the lower corner left. Is that ...
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Cross-section of a circle with a three-dimensional Gaussian

Suppose I have a three-dimensional Gaussian with mean $\bar{\mu}$, volume $A$ and covariance matrix $\Sigma$ $$G(X)=\frac{A}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^{3}\det(\Sigma)}}e^{-\frac{1}{2}(X-\mu)^{T}\cdot ...
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dotting gradient in spherical coordinates with displacement vector

The gradient in spherical coordinates is given by: $\nabla f = \left(\frac{\partial f}{\partial r}, \frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial f}{\partial \theta}, \frac{1}{r \sin \theta} \frac{\partial f}{\partial ...
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Relative spherical coordinates of 2 points.

I have 2 points in space, defined by their spherical coordinates. I'd like to know the spherical coordinates of the second point in a reference system centered on the first point (I know the unit ...
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What is the name for the axis that “inclination angle” is measured from in spherical coordinates?

What is the name for the axis that "inclination angle" is measured from in spherical coordinates? I keep trying to call it "polar axis", and the other axis from which the azimuth is measured, the ...
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Triple Integral in Spherical Coordinates.

$\newcommand{\de}{\operatorname{d}}$A little stuck on this one. $$\iiint_V ye^{-(x^2+y^2+z^2)^2}\de V$$ Use Spherical Coordinates to evaluate where V is the solid that lies between y=0 and the ...
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Granted I have NE and SW coordinates for a rectangle, how do I get the center point?

I've got the NE and SW coordinates/points for a minimum bounding rectangle. How do I calculate the center point of this rectangle? At first thought, I could calculate this using simple division. ...
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Find the volume inside

Find the volume inside the torus $\rho=\sin\phi$. First of all how can $\rho=\sin\phi$ represent a torus? I can't even visualise that. All Ideas are welcome, this looks like a 'food for thought ...
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Finding the limits of a triple integral.

Evaluate: $$\iiint_V (x^2+y^2)\:\mathrm{d}x\:\mathrm{d}y\:\mathrm{d}z,$$ where $V$ is the region in the positive octant bounded by the sphere $\|\vec{r}\|=a$. I am unsure how to get the limits of ...
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Divergence of vector in spherical coordinates

How should I calculate the divergence for $$\vec{V}=\frac {\vec{r}}{r^2}$$ Is it possible to convert it from spherical coordinates to cartesian?
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Identifying a surface $\rho^2\cos(2\phi)-1=0$

I need convert this spherical expression, to a rectangular form (specific surface). $$\rho^2\cos(2\phi)-1=0$$ Thanks for a while.
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Converting from Spherical to Rectangular

I need to convert $\rho \sin\phi=2\cos\theta$ in to rectangular form. Attempt: I tried using those nice properties : $$x=\rho\sin\phi\cos\theta \\y=\rho\sin\phi\sin\theta\\z=\rho\cos\phi$$ and ...
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Derivation for the integrating term in line integrals and volume integrals in spherical coordinates

Can anyone refer me to, or respond with, the derivation for the integrating term in line integrals $dl=dr\hat{r}+rd\theta\hat{\theta}+r\sin\theta\ d\phi\hat{\phi}$ and volume integrals ...
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How can I solve these two tough integrals?

\begin{equation*} J_{1} = \int_{0}^{\sqrt{{\pi}/{6}}} \int_{y}^{\sqrt{{\pi}/{6}}} \cos{(x^2)}\,dx\,dy \end{equation*} \begin{equation*} J_{2} = \int\int_{E}\int z e^{(x^2+y^2)} + xe^{x^8}\,dV, ...
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Conversion to Spherical Coordinates

http://www.physics.usu.edu/Wheeler/QuantumMechanics/QMOrbitalAngularMomentum.pdf Unfortunately, this is the first time I've come across a conversion to spherical coordinates and I'm pretty lost. The ...
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How to move a camera in “Flight Simulator” style (Roll, Pitch, Yaw) using a joystick

I am working on a video game where the camera movement (what the viewer sees) is controlled by a joystick. I want the camera movement to act like a flight simulator meaning the following: When the ...
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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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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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Triple Integral Spherical Coordinates

So I have to compute the triple integral of this: $\int\int\int \frac{1}{1+x^2+y^2+z^2}$ and it says the equation of the sphere is $ x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = z$ which is just an elongated sphere running ...
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Finding a third coordinate on a sphere that is equidistant from two known coordinates

Here is my problem that I'm having some trouble with: I have the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of two points on Earth. I have no problem finding the great circle distance between the two ...
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Spherical Coordinates

Let Q be the region above by the plane $8z=4-x-y$ and below by the cone $64z^2=x^2+y^2$. How would I setup the triple integral to find volume of Q, using spherical coordinates? I just need help with ...
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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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Spherical coordinates on cartesian straight lines

I'm trying to solve this problem: Compute the volume of the solid bounded by: the surface $(z+1)^2=x^2+y^2,$ the surface $4z=x^2+y^2,$ above the $xy$ plane. I want to do it with spherical ...
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Envisioning Spherical Coordinates

Is there a way to envision these two equations in spherical coordinates without plotting a bunch of points? I'm interested in what the surfaces look like. $$\rho=\sin\theta\sin\phi$$ ...
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Converting to Spherical Coordinates that have a Large Azimuth?

I've run into a problem converting Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates. Say I've got a vector/point $p=(-1,5,7\frac{2}{3})$. Obviously, finding the polar angle/inclination isn't going to ...
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Integration in d-dimensional spherical coordinates

Can someone please tell me why $$\left(\int_0^\infty dr\, e^{-r^2}\right)^d=\int_0^\infty dr\,r^{d-1}S_d e^{-r^2}?$$ Why doesn't $d$ end up joining the exponential?
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Determine if one point lies between two other points on a sphere

My question is rather simple. Can I use the dot product to determine if a coordinate lies between two others? With coordinates I mean a Point P(latitude, longitude) on the surface of the sphere. I ...
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How do I find the limits for $\iiint_{W} \frac{dx dy dz}{(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^{\frac{3}{2}}}$?

Evaluate $\iiint_{W} \frac{dx dy dz}{(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^{\frac{3}{2}}}$ where $W$ is the solid bounded by the two spheres $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = a^2$ and $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = b^2$ where $0 < b < a$. ...
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3D Fourier transforms of $e^{-\beta r} $ and $re^{-\beta r} $

I am trying to find the integrals $$\large\int\limits_{\mathbb{R}^3} e^{-\beta \left|\vec{r}\,\right|}e^{i \vec{q} \cdot\,\vec{r}} \mathop{d^3r}$$ $$\large\int\limits_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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Uniform sampling from part of sphere surface

I'd like to pose a question about uniform sampling on the surface of a sphere. I searched this site, and uniform sampling on a sphere surface seems to be quite a common problem. The common solution ...
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Trouble with understanding a spherical coordinate system.

We have a sphere with $r=1$, and we want the coordinates of $C$. $A$ is the north pole, and $AB$ is our prime meridian. See picture: I'm familiar with an $(x,y,z)$ coordinate system, but not so ...
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Curving points to a sphere

I think math.stackexchange is the right place to post this, but if not, feel free to tell me. I have a series of points to be plotted on a sphere (Each one has a latitude and longitude value). These ...
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Spherical Coordinates Representation

I just wanted to know what the set of all points in which spherical coordinates can be shown in more than one way is? I think it is only the origin but I am not sure
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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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Spherically Symmetric Function

Suppose $f:\mathbb{R}^3\setminus B(0,1) \to \mathbb{R}$ is smooth and satisfies $f(S^2)=0$, i.e. the unit sphere is a level set of $f$. Does it necessarily follow that $f$ is a spherically symmetric ...
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How to minimize the length of a curve on $S^2$

The length of a curve $\gamma$ starting from a point $p$ and ending at another point $q$ on $S^2$ is given by the formula $$l_{\gamma}(S^2)=\int_{0}^{1}\sqrt{(d\phi/dt)^2+ \sin^2\phi ...
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Given an arc length and an angle, how do I get a sphere coordinate?

Assuming I start at the top of a sphere and am given the radius of the sphere, an angle to turn, and a distance to walk along the sphere, how could I find my destination in the sphere coordinate ...
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Transformation of coordinates

Given a point P with spherical coordinates $(r_p, \phi_p, \theta_p)$ on the sphere: $$(x-a)^2 +(y-b)^2 +(z-c)^2 = R^2$$ and a line through the center of the sphere with equation : $x=a+\alpha$ , ...
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Relatively simple geometry with latitude/longitude coordinates

I'm trying to calculate a user's deviation from a route defined as a list of latitude/longitude points that make up the route. My proposed solution is to try and calculate the distance between the ...
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Finding the sign of $\phi$ in spherical coordinates

I know its a little silly, but I got the wrong sign several times. Just to be clear, $z=r\cos(\phi), -\frac{\pi}{2}\leq\phi\leq\frac{\pi}{2}$ when converting from cartesian to spherical. So, how do I ...
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Where can I find specific Jacobi determinants in the Bronstein-Semendjajew reference work?

I'm trying to find the fact that the Jacobi determinant (functional determinant) of the cartesian->spherical coordinate change is $r^2 \sin\theta$ in a mathematical reference book, "Taschenbuch der ...
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Writing same equation in different forms

I am working with a unit circle with imaginary integration. I know from experience that this can be written as $f(\theta)=\cos t+ i \sin t$ or $e^{i \theta } $ My question would be if i have a circle ...
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Cartesian to spherical coordinate system

Hey I want to convert Cartesian to spherical coordinate system. I referred many site and for calculating elevation angle $\theta$ from positive z axis they all used formula $\arctan \frac { ...
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Is the spherical harmonic representation of a 2D field independent of grid?

What I am currently unable to understand is whether the spherical harmonic representation of a 2D field is in any way tied to the nature of the grid on which decomposition/composition is performed. I ...
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Spherical coordinates and the Law of Cosines

I have one question on my project. I am assuming earth is a perfect sphere. How can I get from the Law of Cosines $$\cos(c)=\cos(\operatorname{lat} A)\cos(\operatorname{lat} ...
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Numeric Integration of a Surface Element in Spherical Coordinates

I know Area is related to spherical coordiantes by $dA = r^{2}sin(\theta) d\theta d\phi$ So numerical values should become $\Delta A = r^{2}sin(\theta)*\Delta\theta\Delta\Phi$ However, I'm unsure ...
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Cartesian partial derivatives in spherical coordinates, relation to gradient

Looking at Spherical coordinates on MathWorld, I see a lot of overlap between equation 97 and the definition of the gradient of a spherical system (equation 33). The gradient's components for each of ...
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Finding the volume between a cone and a sphere

I have to find the volume between the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ and below the cone $z=\sqrt{x^2+y^2}$ using Spherical Coordinates. Here is what I have so far: Transforming the cone part gives: ...
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Rotation in spherical coordinates (w/o Cartesian)

What are the rotation matrices in polar coordinates? Which matrices I should multiply by a unit vector $(1, \theta, \phi)$ to rotate the latter around basic axes to angle $\beta$? Used notation: ...