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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Very difficult surface integral

Compute the surface integral: $$\int_S({x\over \sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}}, {y\over \sqrt{ x^2+y^2+z^2}}, {z\over \sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}}), \cdot \vec n \ dS$$ where $S: x^3+y^3+z^3=a^3$ The first ...
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Vector Laplace equation with constraint

I want to solve Laplace equation for a vector $\boldsymbol v=(v_x,v_y)$: $$\nabla^2 \boldsymbol{v}=0$$ but under the constraint that $$(1+v_x)^2+v_y^2=1$$ which becomes $v_y = -(2v_x+v_x^2)^{1/2}$. ...
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How to solve $\mathrm{diag}(x) \; A \; x = \mathbf{1}$ for $x\in\mathbb{R}^n$ with $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$?

I would like to solve the following equation for $x\in\mathbb{R}^{n}$ $$\mathrm{diag}(x) \; A \; x = \mathbf{1}, \quad \text{with $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$},$$ where $\mathrm{diag}(x)$ is a ...
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Inhomogeneous Wave Equation in 3 dimensions

From section 7.5 in this source, I see that, for $\vec{x} \in \mathbb{R}^3$, if $$ \frac{\partial^2 u\left(\vec{x},t\right)}{\partial t^2} - \nabla^2u\left(\vec{x},t\right) ...
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vector field as integral

Define a vector field $ \vec{f}(\vec{R}) = \oint_C{|\vec{r} - \vec{R}|^2 d\vec{r} }$ where C is a simple closed curve. show that there are constant vectors $ \vec{P} $ and $ \vec{Q} $ such that $ ...
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Unable to evaluate this surface integral

Question is to find the surface integral $$\iint p(x^4 + y^4 + z^4) \, \mathbb dS.$$ The given surface is $$ \frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} + \frac{z^2}{c^2} = 1,$$ and $p$ is the length of the ...
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The missing vector derivative operation

Generally, the differential operator $d$ takes differential $k$-forms to $(k+1)$-forms. In $\mathbb{R}^n$ (or more generally on an oriented Riemannian manifold), we can identify vector fields with ...
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$\operatorname{div}$ and $\operatorname{grad}$ in spherical coordinates. Formula from general relativity goes crazy

I try to calculate the gradient of a function and the divergence of a vector field in spherical coordinates. Nothing special so far, but a formula that I learned in a general relativity lecture ...
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Integrate by part for vector analysis

I am trying to solve problem 1.15 in Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics (3rd Edition). I found a bunch of solutions (proofs) to the problem, one of which shows: $$ \begin{align*} \delta W ...
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Far-field Poynting vector for time varying source [check my math please]

This is a question from classical electrodynamics, but it's the maths of it I need some help in. I have fields $\rho\left(\vec{r},t\right)$, $\vec{J}\left(\vec{r},t\right)$, ...
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Let $f: A \to \mathbb{R^n}$ be of class $C^r$; $Df(x)$ is non-singular for $x\in A$. Show that even if $f$ is not 1-1, the set $B=f(A)$ is open.

Let $A$ be open in $\mathbb{R^n}$; let $f: A \to \mathbb{R^n}$ be of class $C^r$; assume $Df(x)$ is non-singular for $x\in A$. Show that even if $f$ is not one-to-one on $A$, the set $B=f(A)$ is open ...
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Chain rule for the curl of a vector-valued function

I am looking for a vector expression for the curl of a composite vector-valued function. In other words $$ \nabla\times\mathbf{A}(\mathbf{B}) = ? $$ In indicial notation, this can be ...
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A question on the definition of tangent vectors as equivalence classes and directional derivatives

I understand that a tangent vector, tangent to some point $p$ on some $n$-dimensional manifold $\mathcal{M}$ can defined in terms of an equivalence class of curves $[\gamma]$ (where the curves are ...
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Calculate the flux of $\underline{v}$ across the boundary of the sector.

For $a\in(0,1)$, calculate without use of the divergence theorem the flux of $\underline{v}(x,y) = g(y/x)(-1/x,1/y)$ across the boundary of the sector $ S_a := \{(x,y)\in \Omega : 1\leqslant x^2+y^2 ...
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A vector analysis question requiring multivariable calculus

The question is taken from a Vector-Analysis worksheet as an extension exercise, here is the first part: Let $\underline{v}$ be a vector field $\mathbb{R}^{2} \backslash (0,0)$ of the form ...
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normal of a function

Function $$\mathbf{r}(u,v)=(2u+2v)\mathbf{i}+(-3+v^2)\mathbf{j}+(2u^2)\mathbf{k}$$ is a parametrization of a surface. What's the normal vector of this surface at the point $(u,v)=(1,-2)$. What I got: ...
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How can i shape a Möbius Strip into another curve?

The normal parametrisation of the Möbius strip: $$\begin{align} x(u,v) &= (1+\frac{v}{2}\cos(u/2))\cos(u) \\ y(u,v) &= (1+\frac{v}{2}\cos(u/2))\sin(u)\\ z(u,v) &= ...
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Can I solve for a unique integral kernel?

Consider, for $\mathbf{v},\mathbf{w} \in \mathbb{R^3}$, $$ f(\mathbf{w}) := \int K(\mathbf{w,\mathbf{v}}) g(\mathbf{v}) \, d\mathbf{v} \, .$$ Is it possible to solve for the integral kernel, ...
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Three-dimensional vectors and force systems

Full disclosure: this is a homework problem. However, I find myself stuck in the middle. The problem is below As shown, a system of cables suspends a crate weighing W = 350 . (Part C 1 figure) ...
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Reference of explanation of this result about Fourier transforms in euclidean space

The paper says that since $$u = - \nabla \times (\Delta^{-1} \omega)$$ "The Fourier transforms of $\nabla u$ and $\omega$ satisfy $(\nabla u)^{\text{^}}(\xi) = S(\xi)\hat\omega(\xi)$ where $S$ is a ...
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Two methods of calculating a Jacobian determinant

Suppose you have two fluid bodies, one described by a set of vectors $V$, and a perturbation of $V$ given by $V+\Delta V$. Suppose that the two regions are related by the transformation $\mathbf ...
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Simple Vector Calculus Integral

A little stuck on what I assume is probably a fairly basic vector calculus integration problem, but I haven't been able to find any resources online that deal with multivariable integration in a way ...
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Application of Implicit Function Theorem in Munkres Analysis on Manifolds

I'm studying the Implicit Function Theorem and this is a problem from Munkres' Analysis on Manifolds. Let $F:\mathbb{R^2} \to \mathbb{R}$ be of class $C^2$, with $F(0,0)=0$ and ...
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Given a nonzero vector $B$ and a vector-valued function $F$ such that $F(t)\cdot B=t$ for all $t$, show that$F''$ is orthogonal to $F'$

Given a nonzero vector $B$ and a vector-valued function $F$ such that $F(t)\cdot B=t$ for all $t$, and such that the angle between $F'(t)$ and $B$ is constant (independent of $t$). Prove that $F''(t)$ ...
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Stokes' theorem - calculating a flow round $\Delta S$

Let $F(x,y,z) = (y,0,0)$ and $$S = \{ (x,y,z);\,\,{x^2} + {y^2} + {z^2} = 1,\,\,z \ge 0\} $$ Let $\widehat N$ be the unit normal field to $S$ pointing away from the origin. Calculate ...
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A converse theorem to $\operatorname{div} (\operatorname{curl}(\mathbf{F}))=0$

I have already proved the following: Let $\mathbf{F}$ be a vector field of class $C^2$ defined on $ \mathbb{R}^3$. If $\nabla\cdot\mathbf{F}=0$, then there is some vector field $\mathbf{G}$ such that ...
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Evaluating the surface integral side of a divergence theorem problem

Edit: I realized where my mistake was...thanks for the help! In class we were discussing a problem (page 1185 in Smith and Minton's Calculus Third Edition): Let Q be the solid bounded by the ...
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A line integral equation popped up when trying to derive Exact ODE integrating factor, can it be solved analytically?

(For convenience, for any functions, only its first instance the x,y dependence will be written out, all subsequent instance the x,y will be suppressed) I have an ODE $$M(x,y)+N(x,y)\frac{dy}{dx}=0$$ ...
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Topographical survey / vector calculations

I have difficulties to find the proper way to solve the following exercise. In the swiss grid map we have so called LFPs which are (x,y) anchors. I am looking for a (x,y) position that is 12m further ...
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Setting up a Green's Theorem Problem where C is not oriented counterclockwise

Use Green's Theorem to evaluate $\mathbf{F}(x,y)=\langle y^{2}\cos x, x^{2}+2y\sin x\rangle$, where $C$ is the triangle from $(0,0)$ to $(2,6)$ to $(2,0)$ to $(0,0)$. Taking the appropriate partial ...
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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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Stone-Weierstrass Approximation Theorem for Vector-Valued Functions?

A classical result in analysis is the Stone-Weierstrass approximation theorem: Theorem. Let $X$ be a compact Hausdorff topological space and $(C(X,\mathbb C),\|\cdot\|_{\infty})$ denote the space ...
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Line integral - Stokes's theorem

Let $\gamma_1$ be the intersection curve between the surface $x^2+(y+z)+z^2=1$ and the plane $z=x$ and let $\gamma_2$ be $\gamma_1$ with $x\geq0$,$y\geq0$. Calculate ...
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Is there a way besides integration by parts to solve this integral?

$$\int_{0}^{2\pi} -10\cos^9(t)\sin^4(t)t^4\,dt$$ Maybe a formula for this form or something?
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Interior Products

Over on the Wiki page for interior products: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interior_product There is a line that says $\iota_X \alpha = \alpha(X) = \langle \alpha,X \rangle$ where $\alpha$ is a ...
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Green Identities via Differential Forms

What is the actual meaning of the Green identities: Is there a picture/geometric interpretation of these, as well as intuition going beyond the usual integration-by-parts meaning associated to ...
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Green's Theorem

Hey guys I am having difficulties in problem 5. I thought I understood it, but I suppose I was mistaken. I will now explain what I planned to do to solve this problem and where I got stuck. So I ...
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Imaginary part of Log laplacian

I'm confused about how to calculate $\nabla^2 \log z$, where $z=re^{i\theta}$ is a complex number. My calculations return $$ \nabla^2 \log z = 2\pi\frac{\delta(r)}{r} [\delta(\theta) + i ...
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Stokes Theorem (Application)

Statement: If a vector field R is irrotational then a line integral is independent of path. Proof. Let $\nabla$ $\times$ $\vec A=0$ in $R$ consider the difference of two line integral from the point ...
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Integral curves in neighborhood of a minimum point of the potential

Let $X: \mathbb R^3 \rightarrow \mathbb R^3$ be a smooth vector field, and $f: \mathbb R^3 \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be its potential (i.e. $X= grad\ f$). When $f$ has a minimum point $p_{min}$ and all ...
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A nabla operator identity in ortho-normal coordinate systems

Let $u_1,~u_2,~u_3$ be components of the position vector $\vec{u}$: $$\vec{u}=u_1 \vec{e}_{u_1}+u_2 \vec{e}_{u_2}+u_3 \vec{e}_{u_3}$$ in an ortho-normal coordinate system (not necessarily Cartesian) ...
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field lines terminating at infinity

A dipole consists of two equal and opposite point charges separated by a fixed distance. With two exceptions, all the electric field lines begin on one charge and end on the other. In the two ...
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Notation of a vector field

Usually vector field looks like $\sum_{i} a_i(x_1,x_2,...x_n) \frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}$, also it is not a problem to write it like that $\sum_{i}a_i\partial_i$ or even $a^i\partial_i$ using ...
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Proof of the Laplace-Beltrami operator

Consider the local representation of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on a 2-dimesnsional manifold (immersed in $\mathbf R^3$) with Riemannian metric $(g_{ij})$. Please, I want help in showing that: ...
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Changing parametrization with regard to arc length - is it worth it?

If you have found a parametrization $\vec \alpha(s)$ of a curve $C$ for which $\int \lVert \vec \alpha\,'(s)\rVert \mathrm ds$ cannot be expressed in terms of elementary functions, does it make sense ...
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Divergence theorem for a second order tensor

I want to integrate by part the following integral in cylindrical coordinates $$\int \vec{r} \times (\nabla \cdot \overline{T}) ~d^3\vec{r} $$ where $\overline{T}$ is a second order symmetric tensor ...
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Notation for vector valued integration

Suppose we have a vector field $\mathbb v=(v^1,v^2)$ on the two dimensional torus $\mathbb T^2$ and we wish to compute $\int_{\mathbb T^2} \mathbb v \cdot \Delta \mathbb v $, where the Laplacian acts ...
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Conservative field $F$ on not simple connected set

Give an example of a field $F:D\subseteq \mathbb R^2 \to \mathbb R^2$ such that $D$ is a doubly connected set (that is $D$ has on "hole") but $F$ is conservative And if $D$ is a triply connected ...
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eigenvalues of transformed Hessian

Let us define the vector $\mathbf y$ by $y_i := \exp(x_i)$, with $\mathbf x = (x_i)\in \mathbb{R}^N$, and $f : \mathbb{R}^N \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $$\displaystyle f\left(\mathbf x(\mathbf y)\right) ...
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Find a vector field G such that F = curl(G), Given F = …

Given $F = (xe^y, -x \cos z, -ze^y)$, I find that $\operatorname{div}(F) = 0$ thus there should exist a vector field $G$ such that $\operatorname{curl}(G) = F$. I run into issues finding the solution. ...