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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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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Numerical evaluation of the Laplace operator near the singularity points in spherical coordinates

If one had to evaluate $\Delta Y_l^m$ numerically everywhere on the unit sphere, including the singularity points $\theta = 0,\pi$, how would they do it? Let's say $Y_l^m$ is a spherical harmonic. I'm ...
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building transformation matrix from spherical to cartesian coordinate system

How to arrive at the following from given $ x = r\sin \theta \cos \phi, y = r\sin \theta \sin \phi, z=r\cos\theta $ $$ \begin{bmatrix} A_x\\ A_y\\ A_z \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} \sin ...
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Center of mass of one octant of a non-homogenous sphere

Find the center of mass of that part of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2 \le a^2$ having $x,y,z \ge 0$ (that is, the part in the first octant) With density given by $\rho(x,y,z)=(x^2+y^2+z^2)^{3/2}$ It ...
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converting kph and heading to xyz velocity vector

I am writing software (in C++) that is required to send out messages from our simulation system to another simulation system. Problem is we track the simulation object's current speed (kph) and ...
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Spherical coordinate system remain the same if the origin is changed and each point make the same translation?

Now I have a spherical coordinate system whose origin is located at (a,b,c)[cartesian], and I have another point whose location is (r, theta, tho) in this spherical system, and P's cartesian ...
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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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Convert geodetic coordinates to cartesian coordinates

I am working on some simulation software that will represent a number of entities in a defined geographic area in the world. The part of the software that I am currently working on is to implement ...
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Rotation matrix in spherical coordinates

When given arbitrary point on a unit sphere $a = (\theta, \phi)$ and an arbitrary axis $\vec{A}=(\Theta, \Phi)$, can we have an algebraic expression for $a_1=(\theta_1, \phi_1)$ which is a rotation of ...
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Vector sum in spherical coordinates

I can't seem to come up with a simple formula to head-tail adding two vectors in spherical coordinates. So I'd like to know: Can anybody point out a way to do it in spherical coordinates (without ...
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Calculating spherical distance between two geo-locations

I wanted to show my nephew(16) a simple approach to calculate the distance between two geo-locations. The mathematical knowledge of a 16-year old boy is limited to simple geometrical shapes like ...
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The gradient in $n$-dimensional spherical coordinates

I am in the middle of a computation where I need to work with the formula of the gradient in spherical coordinates in $\Bbb R ^n$ (no preferred convention for the angles). I could patiently and ...
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Rotating a point in spherical coordinates around Cartesian axis

If I have a point in spherical coordinates, and I rotate it around one of the Cartesian axes, what will be the new spherical coordinates for the point? Both spherical and Cartesian coordinate systems ...
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conversion of laplacian from cartesian to spherical coordinates

In cartesian coordinates, the Laplacian is $$\nabla^2 = \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2}\qquad(1)$$ If it's converted to spherical ...
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Equation of a straight line in spherical coordinates

I'm trying to prove the angle sum formula for a triangle on the surface of a sphere. In order to do this I wanted to create a general triangle on the sphere, with one vertex at $\theta = 0$ and one ...
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Conversion of spherical coordinates to cartesian

For the flow $A = \frac{c}{r}$ with $r=\sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}$ I wanted to calculate the velocity field with $\nabla A$ As a result I get $(-\frac{c}{r^2},0,0)$. So far so good. When I tried converting it ...
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Polar Co-ordinate proofs

The expression for acceleration in spherical polars is $$ \ddot{\mathbf r} =( \ddot r -r\dot\theta^2-r\dot\phi^2\sin^2\theta) \mathbf e_r + (r\ddot\theta+2\dot r ...
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How can I do a longitude/latitude tilt transformation?

I am trying to find a way to express the shortest path between two random points on a globe as a function expressed in longitude/latitude without using the geodesic equation (because it's messy and I ...
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Find the maximum radius for given theta and phi (spherical coordinates) that will fall within a cuboidal boundary

I have a cuboid with measurements (width, depth, height) which is my boundary. The origin is the center of the cuboid. Given a theta(Azimuth) and phi(elevation), how do I find the highest radius that ...
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Applied Math question: Is there a way to use the set of GPS satellite positions as a lattice?

Okay, I am wondering if it is possible to take a satellite constellation, say the gps satellites, and use the satellites' positions (at time $t$) as points (shown below) and use them as a lattice. ...
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Evaluating $\iiint_v(3x^2+3y^2+3z^2) \, dv$ using Spherical Coordinates

I'm having issues solving $\iiint_v(3x^2+3y^2+3z^2) \, dv$ using Spherical Coordinates I made the ffg substitutions: $x=r\sin\theta\sin\phi, y=r\sin\theta \cos\phi, z=r\cos\theta$ Thus ...
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Reference for differentiation of an integral over variable ball

I am looking for a reference for a 'well-known' formula in $\mathbb{R}^d$: $$ \frac{d}{dr} \int_{\lVert x\rVert\leq r} f(x)dx= \int_{\lVert y\rVert=r} f(y)dS(y), $$ where $dS$ is the Lebesgue surface ...
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How can I obtain a unit vector of a shifted spherical system?

I hope that I can explain myself clear enough, Assuming I have a sphere that has been moved down in the $Z$-axis. I know that r unit vector when the sphere is not shifted can be expressed as: ...
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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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Compute Surface Integral

Integrate $x^2+y^2$ over the upper hemisphere of radius $a>0$ centered at $(0,0,0)$. $\textbf{Edit}$ Consider the parametrization of the upper hemisphere given by $$X(\phi, \theta) = (a ...
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Volume of a cube in spherical polars

Let us calculate the volume of the cube using spherical coordinates. The cube has side-length $a$, and we will centre it on the origin of the coordinates. Denote elevation angle by $\theta$, and the ...
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Proof of change in position vector in spherical coordinates

I have found it hard to proof that ${d\vec r=dr\hat r+rd\theta\hat \theta}$ in spherical coordinates. Also it would be great if somebody can explain what ${d\vec r}$ is because I read different things ...
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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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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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Surface Element in Spherical Coordinates

In spherical polars, $$x=r\cos(\phi)\sin(\theta)$$ $$y=r\sin(\phi)\sin(\theta)$$ $$z=r\cos(\theta)$$ I want to work out an integral over the surface of a sphere - ie $r$ constant. I'm able to derive ...
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lat/lon spherical coordinates to equidistant spherical coordinates

How to transform spherical data expressed in latitude/longitude pairs (parallels/meridians) in a new set of pair expressed just in parallels pairs? In other words, I need to transform data expressed ...
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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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Closure for Legendre Polynomials

Suppose I have a PDE which can be solved by an expansion on the Legendre Polynomial basis, for an axisymmetric problem in spherical coordinates. For the derivation for such a problem, see these ...
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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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How shall I find the angle between two vectors inside a sphere using spherical coordinates.

How shall I find the angle between two vectors inside a sphere using spherical coordinates. I want to compute the angle between two vectors by spherical coordinates only and not by any ...
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Finite difference expressions for spherical coordinates

I have information in a spherical grid, that is, I have a value for each combination of $\rho$, $\psi$, $\theta$ ($\rho$ - distance from origin to center of grid cell, $\psi$ - elevation angle to ...
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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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Rotate a unit sphere such as to align it two orthogonal unit vectors

I have two orthogonal vectors $a$, $b$, which lie on a unit sphere (i.e. unit vectors). I want to apply one or more rotations to the sphere such that $a$ is transformed to $c$, and $b$ is transformed ...
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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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Find volume of the cap of a sphere of radius R with thickness h

I have to determine the volume and the formula for the volume for this spherical cap of height $h$, and the radius of the sphere is $R$: Two methods: *I just need help setting up the triple ...
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Representation of a cone in 3D

I need to find the representation of a cone in the 3D space with the following criteria: It's tip is located at the origin. It opens in the positive direction of the axis (it’s one-sided). The ...
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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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Integrating over particular grids to obtain Spherical Harmonic coefficients

Theoretically the spherical harmonic expansion coefficients of a function $f$ should be calculated via a continuous integration: $$F_{lm} = \int_{0}^{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\pi} ...
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Smart coordinates for six-dimensional integral

I have a (hopefully) simple question: I am dealing with a definite (on all of $\mathbb{R}^6$) six-dimensional integral $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^6} F(\vec{x}_1,\vec{x}_2)d^3x_1d^3x_2$$ where the function ...
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2-Sphere surface coordinate dimension

Ordinary sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is two-dimensional object (2-sphere), i.e. it requires at least two coordinates to define point on a surface. As I notice, however, there is a catch. If we use ...
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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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Spherical Parametrization of a Cholesky Decomposition

[Background: Trying to build up my math base knowledge (self-taught) to follow an explanation on page 291 of this document, dealing with spherical parametrization to estimate unknown ...
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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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Problem in deducing gradient in spherical coordinates.

I know the differential displacement in spherical coordinate as $$dr \cdot \widehat{r}+ r d\theta\cdot\widehat{\theta} + r\sin\theta d\phi\cdot \widehat{\phi}$$. But I can't figure out how the ...