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January 22nd, 2015, 07:39 AM  #1 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2013 From: काठमाडौं, नेपाल Posts: 901 Thanks: 61 Math Focus: सामान्य गणित  Azimuthal symmetry
could any one explain me what Azimuthal symmetry means ?

January 22nd, 2015, 08:13 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2012 From: Erewhon Posts: 245 Thanks: 112  It means symmetric about the zaxis (think spherical polars and label the angles azimuth and altitude, then azimuthal symmetry means constant wrt the azimuth variable, which is the same thing as symmetry about the zaxis) . CB 
January 23rd, 2015, 03:05 AM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,681 Thanks: 2659 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
I think that, strictly, it could be about any axis.

January 23rd, 2015, 05:33 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,161 Thanks: 734 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
Azimuthal is a fancy word for "of a rotation to the side". So if you stand on a spot and then turn your body sideways to face a different direction, you are performing an azimuthal rotation. Azimuthal symmetry means that if you have an object and you rotate it sideways, it will look the same. DVDs, wheels (placed on their side), balls, etc all have azimuthal symmetry. 

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