# Tagged Questions

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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### Great arc distance between two points on a unit sphere

Suppose I have two points on a unit sphere whose spherical coordinates are $(\theta_1, \varphi_1)$ and $(\theta_2, \varphi_2)$. What is the great arc distance between these two points? I found ...
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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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### How can I pick a random point on the surface of a sphere with equal distribution?

I've got a random number generator that yields values between 0 and 1, and I'd like to use it to select a random point on the surface of a sphere where all points on the sphere are equally likely. ...
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### Optimal distribution of points over the surface of a sphere

How can one generate a distribution of N points over the surface of a sphere so that the all N voronoi cells have the same area? Which is the best algorithm for this?
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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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### 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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### Three Dimensional Fourier Transform of Radial Function without Bessel and Neumann

I am trying to compute the Fourier transform of $\frac1{|\mathbf{x}|^2+1}$ where $\mathbf{x}\in\mathbb{R}^3$. Just writing out the integral: ...
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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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### Transformations from n-sphere coordinates to cartesian coordinates.

I was wondering how one would proceed to convert between coordinate systems in $\mathbb R^n$. For $\mathbb R^2$ the conversion is easy and just basic trigonometry. Given $(r, \theta)$ we can ...
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### How to compute the following Jacobian

I need to show that the Jacobian of the n-dimensional spherical coordinates is $$\displaystyle r^{n-1}\sin^{n-2}\phi_1\sin^{n-3}\phi_2\cdots\sin\phi_{n-2}$$ then I have computed the Jacobian matrix, ...
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### How to find the distance between a point and line joining two points on a sphere?

How do I calculate the distance between the line joining the two points on a spherical surface and another point on same surface? I have illustrated my problem in the image below. In the above ...
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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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### 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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### Converting Lat/Long coords to Cartesian X/Y, then calculating shortest distance between point & line segment

I'm having an issue with accuracy when converting Lat/Long coordinates to X,Y and then finding the shortest distance from a Point to a Line with said coordinates. The distance is off by around 40-50% ...
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### Transforming from one spherical coordinate system to another

I have a set of points on the surface of a sphere specified in one coordinate system (specifically, the equatorial coordinate system), and for each point I need to work on all its neighbouring points ...
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### Can you formulate a $\phi, \theta$ restriction in spherical coordinates for a great circle?

Further to this question Quaternion rotation has a nice property that you can trace any great circle you like. You specify the axis of rotation, and you will automatically follow the great circle ...
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### How to use a Rhumb Line?

I am new to working with coordinate data and figured out the equation I am looking for is the Rhumb Line. I went to go research it and found a lot of equations and I still have no idea where to start. ...
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### How do I find the Fourier transform of a function that is separable into a radial and an angular part?

how do I find the Fourier transform of a function that is separable into a radial and an angular part: $f(r, \theta, \phi)=R(r)A(\theta, \phi)$ ? Thanks in advance for any answers!
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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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### Solving a non-linear, multivariable system of equations

I'm researching the mathematics behind GPS, and at the moment I'm trying to get my head around how to solve the following system of equations: $\sqrt{(x-x_1)^2+(y-y_1)^2+(z-z_1)^2}=r_1$ ...
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### How to describe the region inside a sphere and below a cone in cylindrical and spherical coordinates?

If E is the region of space located inside the sphere $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 4$ and below the cone $z = \sqrt{3x^2 + 3y^2}$ How may I describe E in cylindrical and spherical coordinates? And how may I ...
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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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### 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 ...
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### Monte Carlo simulation on sphere: unbiased random steps

Im doing a Metropolis Monte Carlo simulation with particles on a sphere and have a question concerning the random movement in a given time step. I understand that to obtain a uniform distribution of ...
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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 volume above cone within sphere

My objective: Using spherical coordinates, set up and compute an integral to find the volume of the ice-cream-cone shaped solid lying above the cone $z = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2}$ and below the sphere ...
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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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### two points on a unit sphere

Consider the two vectors to the points on the unit sphere, $${\bf v}_i=(\sin\theta_i\cos\varphi_i,\sin\theta_i\sin\varphi_i,\cos\theta_i)$$ with $i=1,2$. Use the dot product to get the angle $\psi$ ...
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### Volume of solid by Spherical

Trouble setting up the integrals for this problem. Find the volume of the solid bounded by $x^2 + y^2 = 1, z = 0$, $z = 6$, $y\geq 1/2$. Use integration with Spherical coordinates. (Hint: Use two ...
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### How to use geometry to express unit vectors of spherical coordinate system in terms of Cartesian unit vectors

It's quite easy to express unit vector $\hat{r}$ in sum linear combinations of Cartesian unit vectors $\hat{x}$, $\hat{y}$ and $\hat{z}$. But I am not sure how I can use geomtery to find a Cartesian ...
Calculate the Volume $V$ of a right circular cylinder of radius $a$ and height $h$, using cylindrical coordinates and triple integration.