Results of computations are presented to show the variations of coefficients of four different Legendre series, one for each of the four scattering functions needed in describing directional dependence of the radiation scattered by a sphere. Values of the size parameter (x) covered for this purpose vary from 0.01 to 100.0. An adequate representation of the entire scattering function vs scattering angle curve is obtained after making use of about 2x + 10 terms of the series. It is shown that a section of a scattering function vs scattering angle curve can be adequately represented by a fourier series with less than 2x + 10 terms. The exact number of terms required for this purpose depends upon values of the size parameter and refractive index, as well as upon the values of the scattering angles defining the section under study. Necessary expressions for coefficients of such fourier series are derived with the help of the addition theorem of spherical harmonics.
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