Questions related to understanding line integrals, vector fields, surface integrals, the theorems of Gauss, Green and Stokes. Some related tags are (multivariable-calculus) and (differential-geometry).

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Why does the arc-length formula have form $\int_a^b\left|\left|\frac{d\vec{f}(t)}{dt}\right|\right|_2dt$ for C1 curves?

This discussion focuses on $\mathcal{C}^1$ curve on $\mathbb{R}^n$. But feel free to talk about the case where we only have a continuous curve or the scenario with a manifold with a metric in general. ...
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Dot Product of a Non-Zero vector with a Null Vector

The dot product of two vectors let us say $\vec{A}$, and $\vec{B}$ is defined as $$\vec{A} \cdot \vec{B} \equiv AB\cos\theta,$$ where $A$ and $B$ are the magnitudes of the vectors $\vec{A}$ and ...
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Quick Question: dot product with del

Is $(v \cdot \nabla)F = (\nabla F) \cdot v$? I'm not quite sure.
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Solve a problem using vectors

The purpose of this problem is to use vectors to show that the medians of a triangle all meet at a point. First, I have to show that $P$ (see the picture below) must lie two-thirds of the way from $B$ ...
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How to expand the term $\nabla \times (\mathbf{A} \times \nabla)$

Using Feynman notation $\nabla \times (\mathbf{A} \times \nabla) =\nabla_A \times (\mathbf{A} \times \nabla) +\nabla_\nabla \times (\mathbf{A} \times \nabla)$ but I have a problem while expanding the ...
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Curl and divergence of vector fields

Does the vector operations of fields, like curl and divergence require the field to be defined at the point or only in the nbd of the point as the definition of curl is So is the differential ...
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vector applications problem [closed]

This problem concerns three circles of equal radius $r$ that intersect in a single point $O$. Let $W_1,W_2,W_3$ denote the centers of the three circles and let $\vec w=\overrightarrow {OW_i}$ for ...
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A proof involving vectors

This problem concerns three circles of equal radius $r$ that intersect in a single point $O$. Let $W_1,W_2,W_3$ denote the centers of the three circles and let $\vec w=\overrightarrow {OW_i}$ for ...
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Proving cross product identities

In my textbook, the author claims that the following can be proved by chaining vector triple product and scalar triple product $$\text{i.) }(A \times B) \cdot (C \times D) = (A \cdot C)(B \cdot D) - ...
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Geometric proof for triple vector product Jacobi identity

I believe the vector identity $\vec{a} \times (\vec{b} \times \vec{c}) + \vec{b} \times (\vec{c} \times \vec{a}) + \vec{c} \times (\vec{a} \times \vec{b}) = 0$ is called the Jacobi identity and I know ...
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Curl and gradient properties for $f ( r)\vec r$

I need to show that the curl of $f( r) \vec{r}$ is $0$. I think I can use this property: $$\operatorname{curl}(Av) = \operatorname{grad}(A)\times v+A \operatorname{curl}(v)$$ I have started ...
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Integral Inequality involving the Euclidian Norm

I have spent several hours trying to establish the inequality shown in the attached photo. Here we assume that $\vec{r}(t)$ is a vector function in $R^n$, and is integrable on $[a,b]$. I am in need of ...
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Restriction of a div-free vector field to a plane?

Suppose we restrict a divergence-free vector field on $\mathbb{R}^3$ to some plane. What can be said about the restricted vector field? It no longer has to be divergence-free, of course. But can ...
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On the Definitions of Line and Surface Integrals

When motivating the definitions of line and surface integrals, one usually defines the length and area elements \begin{align*} ds &:= \| \vec{r}^{\, '}(t) \| dt, \\ dA &:= \| \vec{\Sigma}_{u} ...
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Vectors - collinear and perpendicular

A bird is at point P whose coordinates are (4, -1, 5)m. The bird observes two points $P_1$ and $P_2$ having coordinates (-1,2,0) and (1,1,4) respectively. At time t = 0, it starts flying in the plane ...
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Calculate integral involving product of curls

I want to show that $ \frac{1}{k^2} \int \, (\nabla \times \vec M)\cdot (\nabla \times \vec M)^* d^3 r= \int \vec M \cdot \vec M^*d^3 r$. $\vec M$ is defined as $\vec M_{jm} = i\frac{m}{\sin ...
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Diagonalization of matrix using change of variables

In linear algebra, we know that a system of equations $AX=b$ can be easily solved if $A$ is found to be of diagonal nature. If however $A$ is not diagonal but can be changed into a diagonal form by ...
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Proof of trigonometric identity using vector calculus

Question: Using vector calculus, show that $\sin (A+B) = \sin A \cos B + \cos A \sin B$ I have no idea how to even attempt the question. A small hint to help me get started would be greatly ...
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Integration against divergence free vector fields

Let $\chi:\Omega\to \mathbb{R}^n$ be a vector field on a bounded, smooth domain $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$. Assume that for any divergence free vector field $\eta:\Omega \to \mathbb{R}^n$ we have ...
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finding volume of the cone by using the dot product

Vector u = i +j -2 k and v = 2 i + 3 j can be used to form a cone. The cone forms by rotating u about v through 360 degrees. Find the volume of the cone. I drew the diagram already, I need the r and ...
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Gradient of real part = real part of gradient?

Suppose f(x,y,z) maps $\mathbb{R}^3\rightarrow\mathbb{C}^1$. That is, it takes in three real numbers and spits out a complex number. Does the following always hold: $$\vec\nabla ...
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Rotating vector functions

Suppose you have a vector function of space: $\vec{E}(x,y,z)=Ex(x,y,z)\hat{x}+Ey(x,y,z)\hat{y}+Ez(x,y,z)\hat{z}$. Suppose now you want to rotate the whole vector function by using a unitary rotation ...
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dot product with unknowns of the vectors

$a = (8 , y)$ $b = (2, 3)$ $c = (x, y)$ if $a \cdot c = 10$ and $b \cdot c = 8$, find the values of x and y. I did up to $10 = 8x i + y^2 j$ $8 = 2x i + 3y j$
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Intuition behind curl identity

Is there any clear intuition behind the identity $$ \nabla\times (\nabla\times A)=\nabla (\nabla \cdot A)-\nabla ^2A $$ Though the result is useful and not difficult to derive, it doesn't quite ...
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Calculating the divergence of a central vector field.

I am trying to calculate the divergence of a central electric field, namely the electric field due to a point charge and my book begins like this: http://imgur.com/bW9tPEZ However in the last line I ...
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What am I doing wrong in this volume integral (divergence theorem)?

I'm learning about the divergence theorem. If I have a vector function $f(x,y,z)=\sqrt {x^2+y^2} \cdot (x,y,z)$ and I want to get $\iint\limits_A f(x,y,z) \, d A $ (easy to evaluate, but I thought I'd ...
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Laplacian in arbitrary spherical coordinates?

assume that $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a function that just depends on the radius vector $r$, so no angular dependence(!). Can we say what $\Delta f$ is in arbitrary coordinates $r ...
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Definite integral-dot product

I have an integral equation containing dot product $$\int_{0}^{L} \left(\frac{a}{L}.b(s)\right)\mathrm ds\tag 1$$ Data Given a is a constant vector of size 3 b(s) is a varying vector of size 3 " . ...
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Farthest vector direction relative to other vectors

I wished to know the cheapest computational means (be it analytical or numerical) to find the vector from origin (normalised or not; I do not care about its magnitude) given any arbitrary set of ...
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What is the simplest way to understand $\nabla \cdot (\nabla \times \textbf{A} ) =0$?

Of course one can prove it by brute force. But how to Understand it, in the simplest way? Another issue is $\nabla \times (\nabla f) =0 $.
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Spherical integral

Let $y \in \mathbb{R}^n$ be fixed. Is there a nice expression for the following integral taken over the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^n$? $$ \int_{\|x\|=1} e^{2\pi i (x \cdot y)}~dx $$
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$\Delta \vec{v}=0$ implies $\nabla\cdot \vec{v}=\nabla\times \vec{v}=0$?

\begin{align} \Delta\overrightarrow{v}&=\nabla(\nabla\cdot\overrightarrow{v})-\nabla\times(\nabla\times\overrightarrow{v})\\ ...
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Plotting parametric form of a gradient

This is driving me batty. I'm trying to figure out how to plot the gradient of a circle function (is that a vector field?) in parametric form. I don't understand what values to plug in to a get a ...
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Why is the derivative Df(p) defined to $ \in \Lambda^1 (\mathbb{R}^n) $, or how is it a 1-form?

I know that obviously the differential operator D would be a differential form through the word differential. But in Spivak Calculus on Manifolds he defines a k-form w $ \in \Lambda^k ...
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Using Stokes theorem to integrate $\vec{F}=5y \vec{\imath} −5x \vec{\jmath} +4(y−x) \vec{k}$ over a circle

Find $\oint_C \vec{F} \cdot d \vec{r}$ where $C$ is a circle of radius $2$ in the plane $x+y+z=3$, centered at $(2,4,−3)$ and oriented clockwise when viewed from the origin, if $\vec{F}=5y ...
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derivative formula $\nabla \times (\mathbf{a} \times \mathbf{r}) = \nabla \cdot(\mathbf{a} \wedge\mathbf{r}) = (n-1)\mathbf{a}$

Assume $\mathbf{r}=\mathbf{x}−\mathbf{x}′$ is the position vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$, for constant $\mathbf{a}$, we have $$\nabla \times (\mathbf{a} \times \mathbf{r}) = \nabla \cdot(\mathbf{a} ...
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derivative $\nabla \frac{\mathbf{r}}{r^k}$ in the context of Geometric Calculus

Suppose $\mathbf{r} = \mathbf{x - x'}$ is the position vector in $\mathbf{R^n}$, and $r = |\mathbf{r}| = |\mathbf{x - x'}|$. Do we have $\nabla \frac{\mathbf{r}}{r^k} = \frac{n-k-1}{r^k}$ or $\nabla ...
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Method of Characteristics (Change of Co-ordinates)

Here below is the notes about the change of co-ordinates from $xy$-plane to $\xi\eta$-plane. I wanna ask for why dot product works for the change, i.e. $\xi=(x,y) \cdot (a,b)$ and $\eta=(x,y) \cdot ...
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How to calculate length and area for this curve?

$C : x^{2/3} + y^{2/3} = 1$ I'm stuck, so any tip will be helpful Thanks in advance!
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How to calculate the flow of fluid through this closed surface?

Considering a fluid whose velocity field is $\vec{v}(x,y,z)= (y^{3}e^{-z^{2}} + x)\vec{i} + (ze^{x} + y^{2})\vec{j} + (cos(x^{2}+ y^{2}) +2z)\vec{k}$ Calculate the flow of fluid through the closed ...
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geometry proof with triangles using vector

in a triangle ABC, P, Q are points on AB and R, S are points on BC such that AP=PQ=QB and CR=RS=SB. Show that PR bisects AS.
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How to calculate this area? (portion of a sphere inside a cylinder )

The area of ​​the portion of the sphere $ x^{2} + y^{2} +z^{2} = 1$ located inside of the cylinder $x = x^{2} + y^{2}$, and above the plane $z = 0$. I'm stuck, so any tip will be helpful Thanks in ...
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On the Continuity of the Jacobian of a diffeomorphism

Let $\phi:U\longrightarrow V$ be a diffeomorphism between the open sets $U, V\subseteq \mathbb R^n$. Provided $J\phi(x)\neq 0$ for all $x\in U$ we have a map $$J\phi:U\longrightarrow GL_n(\mathbb R), ...
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Flow of fluid through a really tricky closed surface S (divergence theorem)

Considering a fluid whose velocity field is $\vec{v}(x,y,z)= (y^{3}e^{-z^{2}} + x)\vec{i} + (ze^{x} + y^{2})\vec{j} + (cos(x^{2}+ y^{2}) +2z)\vec{k}$ Calculate the flow of fluid through the closed ...
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Does someone knows how calculate scalar product of two gradients and put the result in terms of nabla operator? .

$(\vec\nabla{\gamma})\cdot(\vec\nabla{\gamma})$ = ? Does someone knows how calculate scalar product of two gradients and put the result in terms of nabla operator using indicial notation? .
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Metric for vector sets

I am currently working on a classification algorithm. Each class is represented by a set of 3D vectors. The cardinality differs for each class. The order of the vectors in a set is completly random. ...
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proof of parallelogram using vector and midpoint

$OPQR$ is a parallelogram. $T$ is the midpoint of $OR$. Show that $QT$ cuts the diagonal $PR$ in the ratio $2:1$.
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Existence of gradient perpendicular to a vector field

Let $v$ be a divergence-less vector field (in $\mathbb{R}^3$). When can we find a non-constant scalar function $f$ so that $\nabla f$ is perpendicular to $v$?
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Finding a closed line integral using Stokes' Theorem

Find the line integral $\int_C \vec{F} \cdot \vec{dS}$, where $C$ is the circle of radius 3 in the $xz$-plane oriented counter-clockwise when looking from the points $(0, 1, 0)$ into the plane and ...
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Evaluate the flux integral [closed]

Evaluate the flux integral $$ \int\!\!\int_{S} {\rm curl\left(\vec{F}\right)} \cdot \vec{dS} $$ where $$ \vec{\rm F}(x, y, z) =\langle xe^{y^2}z^3 + 2xyze^{x^2 + z}, x + z^2e^{x^2 + z}, ye^{x^2+z} + ...