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I am working through Susan Lea's Mathematics for Physicists however I am stuck on problem 31)b):

31) Prove

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$\int_{S}(\hat{n}\times\vec{\nabla})\times\vec{u}\hspace{0.5mm}dA = \unicode{x222E}_{C}d\vec{l}\times\vec{u} $

I have looked at the solution and understand that first a differential rectangle is constructed in the x-y plane and the integral on the right is then broken down after applying the cross product. However I get stuck afterwards with how the cross product is computed, I use the determinant method to compute crossproducts for the first row is the x,y,z unit vectors but I believe the next two rows are done incorrectly which is why I don't get the appropriate solution:

The solution

Can someone please explain this?

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  • $\begingroup$ Can the downvoter elaborate what issue they found with my post? $\endgroup$ – QuantumPanda Aug 29 '18 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ More details, please? What do you know about $S$, $C$ and $u$? Is $C$ in the $x$-$y$ plane? $\endgroup$ – Robert Israel Aug 29 '18 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ These are all the details supplied by the problem, I have left nothing out, it is assumed for arbitrary S and C and u. The problem is simplified by assuming the x-y plane. This is a mathematical physics textbook I would like to say that this works for up to 3 dimensions x,y,and z and contour integrals are in the x-y plane. S is a surface integral. $\endgroup$ – QuantumPanda Aug 29 '18 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ $C$ is the boundary of $S$? $\hat{n}$ the unit normal to $S$ (in the correct orientation)? $\endgroup$ – Robert Israel Aug 29 '18 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @RobertIsrael That is correct $\endgroup$ – QuantumPanda Aug 29 '18 at 19:14

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