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Re: CrossProduct in Spherical Coordinates

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  • Subject: [mg75336] Re: CrossProduct in Spherical Coordinates
  • From: roland franzius <roland.franzius at>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:42:32 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Hannover
  • References: <f0kbsf$r1k$>

gogoant06 at wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am really new to mathematica and I have met a damn simple problem.
> In[1]:=
> <<Calculus`VectorAnalysis`
> In[2]:=
> CrossProduct[{1,0,0},{0,1,0},Spherical]
> Out[2]=
> {0,0,0}
> Why? Isn't the result supposed to be {0,0,1}, even in spherical
> coordinates?

Take the cross product of the north polar vector with any pointing 
towards the equator

Assuming[r > 0 && R > 0,
FullSimplify[CrossProduct[{r, 0, phi}, {R, Pi/2, phi1}, Spherical]]]

{r*R, Pi/2, ArcTan[-Sin[phi1], Cos[phi1]]}

As you see, the lists in the arguments are the coordinates {r,theta, 
phi} of the endpoints of the vectors, not their algebraic components in 
what base so ever (could be cartesian or tangent space base).


Roland Franzius

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