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Use this tag for questions about differential and integral calculus with more than one independent variable. Some related tags are (differential-geometry), (real-analysis), and (differential-equations).

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What's the largest possible volume of a taco, and how do I make one that big?

Let $f$ be a continuous, even function over some interval $I=[-a,a]$ such that the total arc length of $f$ over $I$ is at least $2$, $f(0)=0$, and $f$ is increasing on $(0,a)$. [You might imagine ...
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Intuitive interpretation of the Laplacian

Just as the gradient is "the direction of steepest ascent", and the divergence is "amount of stuff created at a point", is there a nice interpretation of the Laplacian (a.k.a. divergence of gradient)?
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What is the solution to Nash's problem presented in “A Beautiful Mind”?

I was watching the said movie the other night, and I started thinking about the equation posed by Nash in the movie. More specifically, the one he said would take some students a lifetime to solve (...
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What is the importance of Calculus in today's Mathematics?

For engineering (e. g. electrical engineering) and physics, Calculus is important. But for a future mathematician, is the classical approach to Calculus still important? What is normally taught, as a ...
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(Theoretical) Multivariable Calculus Textbooks [duplicate]

(Note that I have used bold text frequently simply to highlight the key points of my question for those who do not have the time to read through it thoroughly (it is not very long, however); I hope ...
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Is there a vector field that is equal to its own curl?

I was wondering if there is a vector field that satisfies the following condition: $$\vec F=\nabla \times \vec F$$
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Asymmetric Hessian matrix

Are there any functions, $f:U\subset \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$, with Hessian matrix which is asymmetric on a large set (say with positive measure)? I'm familiar with examples of functions with ...
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Find $f(x,y )$ such that $f_{x},f_{y},f_{yx}$ are continuous,but $f_{xy}$ is not

Let $f$ be a function of two variables,let$(a,b)$ be a point and let $D$ be an open disk with center $(a,b)$. Assume that $f$ is $\mathcal C^{1}$ on $D$, and $f_{yx}$ exist on $D$. Further, the ...
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Evaluating Double Integral $\int_0^b\int_0^x\sqrt{a^2-x^2-y^2}dy\,dx$

What is the best method for evaluating the following double integral? $$\int_{0}^{b}\int_{0}^{x}\,\sqrt{\,a^{2} - x^{2} - y^{2}\,}\,\,{\rm d}y\,{\rm d}x\,, \qquad a > \sqrt{\,2\,}\,\,b$$ Is ...
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In his online lectures on Computational Science, Prof. Gilbert Strang often interprets divergence as the "transpose" of the gradient, for example here (at 32:30), however he does not explain the ...
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Maximizing a sum of inner products

Someone asked this question on a French maths forum here and it caught my attention. The question is the following: let $(E, \langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle)$ be a Euclidean vector space. Find the ...
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Daunting series of integrals: $\sum_{n=2}^\infty\int_0^{\pi/2}\sqrt{\frac{(1-\sin x)^{n-2}}{(1+\sin x)^{n+2}}}\log(\frac{1-\sin x}{1+\sin x})dx$

My coleague showed me the following integral yesterday I=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\int_0^{\pi/2}\sqrt{\frac{(1-\sin x)^{n-2}}{(1+\sin x)^{n+2}}}\log\left(\!\frac{1-\sin x}{1+\sin x}\!\...
Show that a definite integral vanishes for all values of $a,b,c > 0$.
Show $$\int_0^\infty \int_0^\infty \frac{(ax-by) {\rm e}^{-x} {\rm e}^{-y}}{(a^2 x + b^2 y + c x y)^{\frac{3}{2}}} \,dx \,dy = 0$$ for any $a,b,c > 0$. I came upon the above double integral when ...