To find the probability of the direction of the velocity after impact lying between given limits [closed]  I'm trying to understand Maxwell's "Illustrations of dynamical theory of gas" puts forward the argument of equal scattering probability. The area between the spherical zone is not very clear. How does one arrive at that particular derivation?

How did he arrive at $$\frac{1}{2}\sin \phi d \phi$$ $$2\pi \sin \phi d \phi$$ ? Please help.

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• Is your confusion related to the fact that he's using the mathematician's convention for polar coordinates ($\theta$ for azimuthal angle and $\phi$ for polar angle) rather than the physicist's convention ($\phi$ for azimuth and $\theta$ for polar)? – jacob1729 Aug 20 at 21:04