Register to reply

How to calculate the solid angle of a cone with cone axis arbitrary?

by soljiang
Tags: angle, arbitrary, axis, cone, solid
Share this thread:
soljiang
#1
Jan16-13, 10:30 PM
P: 6
I read that if the cone with apex angle 2α whose central axis is vertical, apex at the origin, then one can use spherical coordinate to calculate the solid angle of the cone

02∏0αsin[itex]\varphi[/itex]d[itex]\theta[/itex]d[itex]\varphi[/itex]

However, what if the central axis is align to y-axis horizontally, instead of z-axis.
My question is with angle 2α, if the central axis goes through (θ0, [itex]\varphi[/itex]0), then how to set the intragation boundaries? It should give the same answer but I need to now how to set up the equation. Can one still use spherical coordinate?

Thank you so much if I get some help.

Best,
Charles
Phys.Org News Partner Science news on Phys.org
Sapphire talk enlivens guesswork over iPhone 6
Geneticists offer clues to better rice, tomato crops
UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts
mfb
#2
Jan17-13, 08:16 AM
Mentor
P: 11,589
I would simply choose a different coordinate system, to have the same orientation (but in the new system) again. No need to make it more complicated than necessary.
soljiang
#3
Jan17-13, 09:55 AM
P: 6
So does it mean spherical coordinate is only useful for calculating shapes/surface that's axially symmetric about z axis but not about x or y axis?

mfb
#4
Jan17-13, 10:07 AM
Mentor
P: 11,589
How to calculate the solid angle of a cone with cone axis arbitrary?

If something is symmetric around a different axis, I would choose a different coordinate system - a symmetry around the z-axis (which you can define as you like) is easier to handle in spherical coordinates.
soljiang
#5
Jan17-13, 10:18 AM
P: 6
Hi, mfb, so it's true that if a shape is only symmetric about x or y axis, it's not easy to integrate the surface area using spherical coordinate, unless one redefine the orientation of coordinate. Is that correct? Thank you.
mfb
#6
Jan17-13, 11:07 AM
Mentor
P: 11,589
That depends on your definition of easy, but it is certainly easier with a different coordinate system.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Prove all vectors lie on a cone (Laue Cone) Advanced Physics Homework 0
Solid angle/cone Introductory Physics Homework 2
Solid angle & flux out of cone General Physics 1
Cone: solid or surface? Differential Geometry 2
Equation of axis of cone General Math 0