# Spherical Coordinates

The authors point out the problem with using angles $$\phi$$ and $$\theta$$ in spherical coordinates in the opposite way that they are used in other sciences, especially physics and engineering. They explain why this poses a larger problem for students than is generally acknowledged. Then they propose to switch the use of these angles, which could relatively easily be accomplished by adjusting current calculus textbooks.

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http://www.math.oregonstate.edu/bridge/papers/CMJspherical.pdf
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Creator(s):
Tevian Dray and Corinne A. Manogue
Cataloger:
Tevian Dray
Publisher:
College Mathematics Journal
Rights:
Mathematical Association of America