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Homework Help: Spherical Harmonics

  1. Jan 19, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Hi!!! I need help with this. I have to calculate the expression of a function using spherical harmonics. The relevant equations are given below. An example of a function can be f(theta,phi) = sin(theta)... Can you help me to calculate de coeficients and to express the function? Thanks.

    2. Relevant equations

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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Jan 19, 2009 #2


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    Hola pgerlein. Welcome to PF:smile:

    Why don't you show us what you've tried for your example ([itex]f(\theta,\phi)=sin(\theta)[/itex]) and we'll know how to help you better.

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  4. Jan 20, 2009 #3
    I canĀ“t understand the use of this base (spherical harmonics). If I solve the ecuation that gives the coefficients value, how can I express the function in terms of the spherical harmonics?
  5. Jan 20, 2009 #4


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    How would you express a function in terms of a Fourier series, for example? Essentially it's the same idea when you write any function in terms of an infinite series of basis functions.
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