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Need to extend idea of a gradient (df/dx) to 2D/3D functions Example: 2D scalar function h(x,y) Need “dh/dl” but dh depends on direction of dl (greatest up hill), define dl max as short distance in this direction Define Direction, that of steepest slope CP3 Revision: Vector Calculus

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So if is along a contour line Is perpendicular to contours, ie up lines of steepest slope And if is along this direction The vector field shown is of Vectors always perpendicular to contours Magnitudes of vectors greatest where slope is steepest

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Grad “Vector operator acts on a scalar field to generate a vector field” Example:

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Grad Example: Tangent Planes Since is perpendicular to contours, it locally defines direction of normal to surface Defines a family of surfaces (for different values of A) defines normals to these surfaces At a specific point tangent plane has equation

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Conservative Fields In a Conservative Vector Field Which gives an easy way of evaluating line integrals: regardless of path, it is difference of potentials at points 1 and 2. Obvious provided potential is single-valued at the start and end point of the closed loop.

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Div “Vector operator acts on a vector field to generate a scalar field” Example

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Divergence Theorem V S Oover closed outer surface S enclosing V

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Divergence Theorem as aid to doing complicated surface integrals Example y z x Evaluate Directly Tedious integral over and (exercise for student!) gives

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Using the Divergence Theorem So integral depends only on rim: so do easy integral over circle as always beware of signs

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Curl “Vector operator acts on a vector field to generate a vector field” Example Magnitude Direction: normal to plane which maximises the line integral. Can evaluate 3 components by taking areas with normals in xyz directions

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Key Equations

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Simple Examples Radial fields have zero curl Rotating fields have curl in direction of rotation

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Example So this is a conservative field, so we should be able to find a potential All can be made consistent if Irrotational and conservative are synonymous because by Stokes Theorem

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Stokes Theorem Consider a surface S, embedded in a vector field Assume it is bounded by a rim (not necessarily planar) OUTER RIM SURFACE INTEGRAL OVER ANY SURFACE WHICH SPANS RIM

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Example quarter circle (0,1,0) y x z (0,0,1) C1C1 C3C3 C2C2 Check via direct integration

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2nd-order Vector Operators Lecture 11 meaningless Laplace’s Equation is one of the most important in physics

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