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Line integral calculates work, even though the force from the vector field doesn't cause the movement?

I'm afraid the title here was unclear, so I'll attempt to make things a bit more clear. I am conceptually confused about the physical meaning of line integrals over a vector field, so I'll pick an ...
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What is divergence?

What is divergence? I was learning about Maxwells equations and don't understand the divergence part of it. Can someone give an intuition of what divergence is in relation to maxwells equation. To ...
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What is $V^\mu$ if $\nabla_{\mu} V^{\mu}$=scalar?

Suppose there is a quantity written as $\sum\limits_\mu \nabla_\mu V^\mu$ which is invariant under a coordinate transformation, i.e. scalar, where $V^\mu=(V^0,V^1,V^2,V^3)$ and $\nabla_\mu$ is a ...
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Correspondence between one-parameter subgroups of $G$ and $T_eG$

I am reading the proof of this theorem from Andreas Arvanitoyeorgos and I cannot get some points in it, highlighted below. Theorem. The map $\phi \to d\phi_0(1)$ defines a one-to-one correspondence ...
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Railguns and Gauge Invariance

Paul J. Cote and Mark A. Johnson of Benet Laboratories, Army Research, Engineering and Development Command wrote a series of short papers on the vector potential arising from their attempts to solve ...
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Geometric meaning of parallel transport

The definition of parallel transport of a vector $v^b$ along a curve $C$ with tangent field $\it{t}^a$ is given by Wald's GR as $$t^a \nabla_a v^b = 0$$ Is it correct to think of $\nabla_a v^b$ as ...
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Show that $\mathbf{A}$ is a valid vector potential [closed]

Is $$\mathbf{A} = -\frac{1}{2}\mathbf{r \times B}$$ a valid vector potential in the Coulomb gauge? Here's my work so far. Using the identity for the curl of a cross product I get ...
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Generators of the Diffeomorphism Group

So what are the generators of a Diffeomorphism Group? For simplicity, let's consider $ Diff(R^2) $ (diffeomorphisms of the euclidean plane.) Diffeomorphisms are differentiable, invertible ...
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Parallel transport of a vector on a curve on a sphere [closed]

I want to do a calculation of a parallel transport along a curve on a sphere, but I think I'm lacking a bit the basics of using different coordinate systems and curves there because I never did much ...
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Is it possible to have a non conservative vector field, such that the closed loop integral is $0$ for only some specific path(s)?

I was wondering whether there exists some non conservative field in which the closed loop integral over some specific path(s) is $0$, even if it's not $0$ for all the closed loop integrals. Or to put ...
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Conservative Vector Fields

I was always told that to find whether or not a vector field is conservative, see if the curl is zero. I have now been told that just because the curl is zero does not necessarily mean it is ...
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Vector decomposition validity

Is force or field decomposition into component vectors always valid? Lets say a constant electric field $\vec{F}$ is acting in space such that it makes an angle $\phi$ with respect to the horizontal ...
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Electromagnetic field and continuous and differentiable vector fields

We have notions of derivative for a continuous and differentiable vector fields. The operations like curl,divergence etc. have well defined precise notions for these fields. We know electrostatic and ...
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Is there a general stress-energy tensor for vector fields?

I've been reading about scalar fields in the context of general relativity, and I found this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stress-energy_tensor#Scalar_field. It says that the stress-energy ...
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Christoffel symbol

For two nearby points in General Theory of Relativity. The change in the vector components when parallel transported is given by Now, since the parallel transport change must depend on the path ...
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Bondi-Metzner-Sachs (BMS) symmetry of asymptotically flat space-times

I started studying the BMS symmetry in connection with the paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.2229 and there are a few strange things I noticed. First of all, from reading the original papers by Bondi, ...
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Interpretations of (r,s) tensors [duplicate]

A tensor of type (r,s) on a vector space V is a C-valued function T on V×V×...×V×W×W×...×W (there are r V's and s W's in which W is dual space of V) which is linear in each argument. We take (0, 0) ...
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Why is there no Gravitational Magnetic Field?

We think that the electric field and gravitational field operate similarly with their corresponding charges/masses. With just a difference that the electric field is sometimes attractive and sometimes ...
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The commutator of Killing vectors

I'm going over an assignment for my general relativity course. My solution to the question below strikes me as too short, considering that it appeared in the "longer questions" section of the ...
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What is the relationship of the curl of a vector with its conservativeness? [closed]

My Physics teacher told me that a conservative field has zero curl.But I am not getting the logic behind it...I am even not clear why the curl represents how much the vector field swirls around the ...
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Relation between component and algebraic definition of covariant vectors

I studied contravariance and covariance concepts in following way: For any vector if we get its components by parallelogram way we achieve contravariant components, and if we want to get its ...
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Gradient is covariant or contravariant?

I read somewhere people write gradient in covariant form because of their proposes. I think gradient expanded in covariant basis $i$, $j$, $k$, so by invariance nature of vectors, component of ...
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How to prove that a time-oriented spacetime possesses a nowhere vanishing timelike vector field?

Penrose gave a very brief proof to this question. Since the spacetime is paracompact, there exists a positive definite metric called $h_{ab}$. Then, the nowhere vanishing time-like vector field $V^a$ ...
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Irrotational fluid

Often, when threating some problem of fluid dynamics I have read that people make the approximation of irrotational fluid, i.e. the velocity field is assumed irrotational: $$ \nabla \times \vec{v}=0 ...
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Why is the inner product between divergence-free current$\vec{J}$, (satisfied $\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$) and a gradient field$\nabla \varphi$ zero?

I read a statement saying that the inner product between divergence-free current and a gradient field is zero. Divergence-free surface current is $\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$, and $\vec{J}$ could be ...
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Time-like Killing vector in FRW metric?

The spatially flat FRW metric in cartesian co-ordinates is given by: $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + a^2(t)(dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2)$$ As I understand it there are Killing vectors in the $x$, $y$, $z$ directions implying ...
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What is the math/physics behind maximizing tinker's damage?

Tinker is a hero in the popular game Dota 2. He has a spell called 'March of the Machines' that creates a stampede of little robots in a rectangular area. The robots do damage on impact of an enemy ...
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About the dimension of the longitudinal component of vector field

According to this lecture note http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~wit00103/qft05.pdf page 115. Consider a Lagrangian for a massive vector field $$L = -\frac{1}{4} (\partial_{\mu} V_{\nu} - ...
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Curl of a vector field with two different systems of coordinates

Let $$\mathbf{H} = H_x \mathbf{u}_x + H_y \mathbf{u}_y + H_z \mathbf{u}_z$$ be a vector field whose components are defined with respect to the unit vectors $\mathbf{u}_x$, $\mathbf{u}_y$ and ...
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Obtain the same Maxwell's equation after a change of coordinates

In the usual $(x,y,z)$ system of coordinates, if we expand the Maxwell's curls equations for phasors $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \mathbf{J}_m - j \omega \mu \mathbf{H}$$ $$\nabla \times \mathbf{H} ...
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Calculate divergence of vector in curvilinear coordinates using the metric

In a curved $(3+1)$ dimensional spacetime with metric components $g_{\mu \nu}$, the covariant derivative of a $4$ vector $\mathbf V = (V^0, \vec V)$ is given by $$\nabla_\mu~ V^\mu = ...
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Are covariant derivatives of Killing vector fields symmetric?

I'm reading the Lecture Notes on General Relativity by Matthias Blau, and in section 9.1 (point 1) he writes: Let $K^\mu$ be a Killing vector field, and ${x^\mu(\tau)}$ be a geodesic. Then the ...
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Index Notation with Del Operators

I'm having trouble with some concepts of Index Notation. (Einstein notation) If I take the divergence of curl of a vector, $\nabla \cdot (\nabla \times \vec V)$ first I do the parenthesis: ...
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Gauss' Law for Magnetism Derivative Form: With or without volume integral?

I've been reading through FLP Vol. II, and he has proven that as the flux through a closed surface is: $\ \int_{surface} \mathbf{F} \space \mathrm{d}\mathbf{a} $, according to the divergence theorem, ...
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Deriving Cartan formula

I have trouble deriving Cartan formula of the form: $$ \mathrm{d} \omega (X,Y) = X[\omega(Y)] - Y[\omega(X)] - \omega([X,Y]) \tag{1} $$ where $\mathrm{d}$ is the exterior derivative, $\omega$ is a ...
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Hilbert action's invariance under general coordinate changes

In an article, when considering invariance of the Hilbert action under a general coordinate change this formula appears for how the metric changes ...
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Why such hypersurface orthogonal vector leading to $g_{0i}=0$ for $i=1,2,3$?

Suppose that the hypersurface orthogonal co-vector $W$ us perpendicular to the family of hypersurface defined by a function $\varphi$ with $\varphi=constant$. If we choose a coordinate in which ...
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Questions about deduction the dual form of Frobenius's Theorem

I am reading Page 435, General Relativity by Wald. Let $T^*\subset V^*$ be a subspace of the dual tangent space of a manifold, $W\subset V$ be the subspace of the tangent space annihilated by $T^*$, ...
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how do I calculate the B field (strength and direction) on a point charge due to a permanent magnet

I am trying to create a simple 2D Simulation of magnetic fields similar to this; showing the field lines or the effect of permanent magnets. I keep coming across equations like this: ...
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Why can a killing vector field be determined globally by its value and first derivative at one point?

It is said in Weinberg's Book, Gravitation and Cosmology, page 377, that a killing vector field (which we a priori assume exists globally) can be uniquely determined by its value and first derivative ...
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What do the names “E mode” and “B mode” mean? Where do they come from?

This has been bugging me a bit since the BICEP announcement, but if there are any resources that answer my question in a simple way, they've been buried in a slew of over-technical or over-popularized ...
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Is there a fourth component to the electric field and magnetic field?

The Question If the three vector electric and magnetic fields come from the four component four-potential, then is there a fourth component to the electric and magnetic field? Related Question I ...
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Killing vector contractions along isometric curves

Imagine $\xi_{\nu}$ is a Killing vector field on a manifold. Does $\xi_{\nu}\xi^{\nu}$ remain constant along any isometric curve defined by the Killing vector field? My guess is that yes since as ...
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Questions about closed forms and cycles

I read the section closed forms and cycles in Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics (page 196-200), but the problems in this section is too difficult to solve in the way following the ...
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Convective Operators: Cartesian vs Spherical Coordinates

(This question may be more appropriate for Math Stack Exchange, but since physicists tend to be more well acquainted with vector calculus, I'm asking the question here). This question is about ...
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Where does energy in a field come from?

Let us consider for example Earth's gravitational field. If we put a ball somewhere in this field, the ball starts to accelerate due to the gravitational force exerted on it. I understand the ...
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Must every isometry have an associated Killing vector?

I understand that the flows of Killing vector fields are isometries, and that one-parameter groups of isometries have an associated Killing vector which generates them, but are your Killing vectors ...
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Changing vector basis in AdS$_3$

I have AdS${}_3$ given as a surface embedded in a 4 dimensional pseudo-Riemannian space $$x^2+y^2-u^2-y^2=-l^2$$ With metric: $$ds^2=dx^2+dy^2-du^2-dv^2$$ I have Killing vectors of that space ...
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Why does $E=\nabla\phi$ follow from $\nabla\times E=0$?

I understand that using one of Maxwell's equations, $$\vec{\nabla} \times \vec{E}(\vec{x})=0,$$ it can be said that $$\vec{E}(\vec{x})=-\vec \nabla \phi(\vec{x}).$$ However, I can't find or ...
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Maxwells' equations and Coulomb's law

Coulomb's law and Maxwell's equations should be consistant as one can be derived from the other. Say we have a point charge with such a charge that $-kq=1$, meaning that at any point the electric ...