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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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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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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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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Finding the intersection of 2 coordinates in spherical coordinate system

Sorry in advance for messing up any math term or being confusing. I have the following data: lat1, lon1, alt1, v1, h1 and ...
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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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Find volume of the cap of a sphere of radius R with thickness h

I have to determine the volume aka 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 integrals ...
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What is the general formula for calculating dot and cross products in spherical coordinates?

I was writing a C++ class for working with 3D vectors. I have written operations in the Cartesian coordinates easily, but I'm stuck and very confused at spherical coordinates. I googled my question ...
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Lat/Long grid points covered by projecting rectangle onto sphere

Before my question proper, a little background: I'm wanting to optimise some computer rendering by eliminating the drawing of things that aren't visible given the current view. Suppose we have a ...
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Flow of fluid through a really tricky closed surface S (divergence theorem)

Considering a fluid whose velocity field is $\vec{v}(x,y,z)= (y^{3}e^{-z^{2}} + x)\vec{i} + (ze^{x} + y^{2})\vec{j} + (cos(x^{2}+ y^{2}) +2z)\vec{k}$ Calculate the flow of fluid through the closed ...
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Parametrization of a bounded solid.

So, I have a solid bounded by $z=\sqrt{x^2+y^2}, z=\sqrt{1-x^2-y^2}, z=2$ I had to parametrize it using spherical coordinates so I used $$\begin{cases} x(\rho, \theta, ...
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Converting a polar integral to spherical

$$\int_0^{2\pi} \int_0^{\sqrt{2}}\int_r^{\sqrt{4-r^2}}\mathrm{d}z \, r \, \mathrm{d}r \, \mathrm{d}\theta$$ So in spherical this would become: $$\int_0^{2\pi} \int_0^{\pi/4}\int_0^2 \rho^2\sin\phi \, ...
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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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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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Calculate a point on a geodesic line on an ellipsoid

I have a problem which i don't understand how to achieve. Maybe someone could sheed some light on it. Have a look at this picture: What I try to achieve is to determine the point D on the geodesic ...
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Spherical coordinates of a unit vector around a normal $N$

So if I have a unit normal for a surface $N(x,y,z)$ and an incident unit vector $V(x,y,z)$ to that surface, how would I represent the vector V in spherical coordinates relative to the normal?
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Volume of a shape using spherical coordinates and integrals

A solid is described in spherical coordinates by the inequality ρ ≤ sin(φ). Find its volume. So, I took ρ from 0 to sin(φ), φ from 0 to pi, and theta from 0 to 2Pi and formed the integral: integral ...
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From points on a latitude-longitude map to direction on hemisphere

I've wrote a program in matlab that following a given algorithm individuate some points on a latitude-longitude map. This is an example output: Now I need to map these points (in blue) to ...
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How to prove that solution to ODE in spherical coordinate is equivalent to the ODE in cartesian coordinates if it is a thin shell

Solving a diffusion-type ODE across a spherical shell, the equation is: $$\frac{d}{dr}\left(r^2\frac{df}{dr}\right)=0\tag{1}$$ with boundary conditions $f(r_1)=f_1$ and $f(r_2)=f_2$. The solution is: ...
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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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Minimum of a potential function

I'm looking for extremes (minimum) of $$V = \frac{\alpha}{|\vec{r}_1-\vec{r}_2|} + \beta (\vec{r}_1 + \vec{r}_2)\cdot \vec{e}_z$$ where $\vec{r}_i = ...
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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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Transforming uncertainties in spherical coordinates

I'm not looking for a very rigorous answer, it's a practical problem that I've encountered and whichever solution is best will be determined by trying it out on my data. I have a measurement of an ...
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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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How to compute triple integral in spherical coordinates

I need to compute: $\displaystyle\int \int \int z dxdydz$ over the domain: $\left\{x^2+y^2+z^2\leqslant 16,z\geqslant 0\right\}$ Im trying to use spherical coords as: \begin{equation} ...
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When is separation of variables possible?

In classical PDE courses it is common to learn to perform a change of variables without really learning how to find the adequate equations of the change (polar coordinates or spherical are just plain ...
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Spherical-Coordinate Reference Frame

my problem looks apparently easy but I can figure out a solution. I'm going through a paper about the Boltzmann equation and I got stuck with this change of coordinates. The original formula for Q ...
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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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Distance between two points in spherical coordinates

I want to find the distance between two points in spherical coordinates, so I want to express $||x-x'||$ where $x=(r,\theta, \phi)$ and $x' = (r', \theta',\phi')$ by the respective components. Is this ...
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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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Implicit partial derivative of a spherical cap

Consider a spherical cap, for which the base radius is $a$ and the height is $h$. Then, the surface area and volume is (these equations can be found on Wolfram Mathworld) $A(a,h) = \pi(a^2 +h^2)$, ...
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Unit vectors in spherical co-ordinate system

I see that a vector can be described in spherical co-ordinates, with respect to it's cartesian co-ordinates as $$ ...
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Surface area of the part of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=a^2$ that is inside the cylinder $x^2+y^2=ax$

I've been solving some surface area problems lately, but I don't think that the same approach that I was using will work with this one (or at least will result in a lot work). So, I believe I should ...
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How to find Latitudes and Longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane below earth's surface?

I want to find out the latitudes and longitudes of projections of the vertices of a rectangular plane inside the earth's surface. I know dimensions of rectangle, angles of orientation and latitude and ...
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Coordinates of tilted circle.

The original question is as follows: Imagine a wire located at the intersection of $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ and $x+y+z=0$, whose density depends on position according to $\rho({\bf x})=x^2$ per unit length. ...
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Curl of a function with only angular dependence

Let a function in spherical coordinates $$\vec F(\vec r) = \int{ d^3\vec r\,' \vec j(\vec r\,') } \,e^{-ik\hat r \cdot \vec r \,'}$$ Where $\vec j$ is a vector function. So $\vec F$ only depends on ...
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Interesting question about a measurement using $J^2$

I really dont understand how to do part d)iv) on this question. This seems strange as it is only worth 2 marks? What step am I missing, I feel this may be rather obvious to others. for part d)i) I ...
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N points in a circle around a point on a sphere.

Consider a 3D sphere: $(x_{c}, y_{c}, z_{c})$ : cartesian coordinates of the center $r$ : the radius Consider a random point on the surface of this sphere of coordinates : $(x_{0}, y_{0}, ...
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Projecting non-central Gaussian on a sphere?

Suppose I have an $n$-dimensional Gaussian random variable with mean $\mu\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and covariance matrix $\sigma^2I_n$, where $I_n$ is the identity matrix. If I condition on the distribution ...
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grouping geographical points in spherical bins

I want to create spherical bins in the Earth's surface which will encompass already distributed geographical points for subsequent purposes. The two requirements are that the spherical bins should ...
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New Axis calculation

I have a task whereby I use an accelerometer to calculate acceleration for a vehicle. The problem I am attempting to solve is to allow the accelerometer to be in any oriertaion. Basically I have a ...
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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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Integral using spherical coordinates

I am trying to compute the volume of the following set : intersection of cylinder $x^2 + y^2 \leq R$ and sphere $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 \leq 4R^2$. I am having trouble setting up the integral properly ...
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Mean value of a function over the n-sphere's surface.

We know that we can use the bloch sphere to represent an unitary vectors $v$ in $\mathbb{C}^{2}$, due to the fact $su(2) \approx so(3)$. Then, if we have the function $f:\mathbb{C}^{2} \rightarrow ...
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Volume element in spherical coordinates

In spherical coordinates, we have $ x = r \sin \theta \cos \phi $; $ y = r \sin \theta \sin \phi $; and $z = r \cos \theta $; so that $dx = \sin \theta \cos \phi\, dr + r \cos \phi \cos \theta ...
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volume in spherical coordinates

I am trying to find the region bounded by the sphere $p = 2\cos\psi$ and hemisphere $p=1$, $z\geq 0$. Not quiet sure not to do this problem, so please help.
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Showing the uniqueness of the solution to some problem?

I have faced problems proving all kinds of uniqueness theorems but this one I've come across seems particularly tricky to me. Can you help me? The function g(x,y,z) is zero for r²>a² (where ...
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Finding the coefficients of a partial differential equation after a change of coordinates.

I'm stuck in one of the mathematical steps of my physical problem. I've been following the derivation of my equations (starting at section 4) from this article Symmetric Euler-Angle Decomposition of ...
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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 ...
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Proof of $\vec(r) \times \nabla$ in spherical coordinates

My professor claims, that $\vec{r} \times \vec{\nabla} = \vec{e}_{\varphi} \frac{\partial}{\partial \vartheta} - \vec{e}_{\vartheta} \frac{1}{r\sin \vartheta} \frac{\partial}{\partial \varphi}$ in ...
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Stokes' and Divergence Theorem Problems

I have 2 questions on stokes and divergence theorem each. I think I have done both and I just want to make sure that I did them correctly. Question 1 Let $C$ be the boundary of the surface ...