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Spherical coordinates

The distance from the origin to a point in space is denoted by $\rho $ (the Greek letter rho). The points at a constant distance $\rho =c$ from the origin form a sphere of radius $c$. A point in space is located by

1.its distance $\rho $ from the origin,

2.the angle f (the Greek letter phi) a line from the origin to the point makes with the positive z-axis, and

3.the angle q (the Greek letter theta) that the projection of this line into the xy-plane makes with the positive x-axis.

These spherical coordinates are written P = (r,q,f).


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Cylindrical coordinates

Polar coordinates

Rectangular coordinates

Triple integrals in spherical coordinates


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