Definition of spherical coordinates in English:

spherical coordinates

Syllabification: spher·i·cal co·or·di·nates
(also spherical polar coordinates)


Three coordinates that define the location of a point in three-dimensional space. They are the length of its radius vector r, the angle θ between the vertical plane containing this vector and the x-axis, and the angle φ between this vector and the horizontal x-y plane.
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  • The company's virtual interface allows a user to enter, on a computer screen, the desired field vector of a three-axis magnet in Cartesian, cylindrical, or spherical coordinates.
  • To this end, we consider a spherical boundary, for which the Poisson equation can be solved by expanding the potential in spherical coordinates.
  • We propose to develop algorithms for the calculation of synthetic seismograms for anisotropic Earth models in spherical coordinates.

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