# Volume in Spherical Coordinates

## Homework Statement

express a volume element dV= dx*dy*dz in spherical cooridnates.

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lanedance
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have a crack mate! any ideas?

Is it simply to convert x y and z into corresponding spherical coordinates (ie r cos θ etc)

HallsofIvy
One way to do this is geometric- given specific r, $\theta$, and $\phi$, mark off a small "$\Delta r$", "$\Delta \theta$", "$\Delta \phi$" about the point and caculate its volume.
Another is analytic- determine dx, dy, and dz in terms of r, $\theta$, $\phi$, $dr$, $d\theta$, and $d\phi$, then multiply- but remember that multiplcation of differentials is anti-commutative: $a(r,\theta, \phi)drd\theta= -a(r, \theta, \phi)d\theta dr$.