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Gradient and curl of a field in polar coordinates

How do we determine the gradient and curl of a scalar/vector field in polar coordinates? For instance, if we have the following potential energy function for a force, $$U = ...
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If the electric field is not a gradient, can it exist?

We know that the gradient of the electric potential function $V(x,y,z)$ is the electric field. But not all vector fields are gradients, for example $y\hat{i}-x\hat{j}$ is not a gradient. Does this ...
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Lagrangian vector field expression

The Lagrangian vector field $X_L$ on the tangent bundle is given in page 4 of Marco Mazzucchelli's "critical Point Theory for Lagrangian systems" to be; \begin{equation} ...
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Electric field in a hollow object

I am currently visiting a course about electrodynamics. In my last lecture it was said that if a hollow sphere is inside of a bigger sphere, but only in the bigger sphere there are charges, the ...
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What is the Jacobian matrix of Newton's law of gravity? [on hold]

I am trying to come up with the gradient of a vector (Jacobian matrix) for Newton's Law of Gravity. In other words, the differential gravitational field in 3-dimension. Here's the initial Law. ...
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Can we depict the electric field lines between three or more charges?

Last year we studied in school electric field that was created around charges and we were showed how to depict the electric field lines for one charge or between two charges. Then i wondered how would ...
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Is electromagnetic vector field a sum of E and B?

I have a hard time to fully understand (classical) electromagnetic field theory with respect to Helmholtz's decomposition. Let me start from Helmholtz's theorem: Any vector field of class ...
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How to Model Differential Gravitational Field from Vectors?

The tides are caused by differences in the gravitational field of the moon on the near side and far side of the earth. If I set this gravitational field as a vector field using Newton's Law of ...
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Force on a dipole

The force exerted by an electric field on a dipole is : $$(\vec{p}.\vec{\nabla})\vec{E}$$ but how exactly do I develop this ? Is it : $$p_x\frac{\partial E}{\partial x}\vec{e_x} + ...
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Estimating divergence of set of vectors

I have a set of points where directions and intensities of a flow are given (in 3D). Is it possible to estimate the divergence of the flow defined by those vectors? I only need a rough estimate and I ...
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How can a set of components fail to make up a vector?

Many books in Physics insist to define vectors are objects with components with the property that the components transform in a proper way under a change of coordinates. Now, in mathematics, on the ...
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Lie derivative in this paper [closed]

In this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.2332 it says in (3.19) p. 8 that $$L_{V}z^A =0$$ but I don't know much about Lie derivatives except what I saw now through wikipedia ...
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Geodesic equation

I have a technical question about the geodesic equation. Assume we have a frame $(E_{1},E_{2},E_{3},E_{4})$ (not necessarily a coordinate frame). Assume we have a parametrized curve $\gamma(s)\in M$ ...
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Understanding the covariant derivative and its relation to parallel transport

I have been reading section 3.1 of Wald's GR book in which he introduces the notion of a covariant derivative. As I understand, this is introduced as the (partial) derivative operators $\partial_{a}$ ...
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Divergence of vector potential

I was given the vector potential $$\vec A (\vec r) = - \vec a \times \nabla \frac{1}{r}$$ with a constant vector $\vec a$. Now, I found the $\vec B$ field which is I think $- \vec a \frac{2}{r^3}$, ...
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Identifying a scalar function

We know that a scalar is invariant under rotations. What about a scalar function? Should it also be invariant under rotations? Therefore, under rotation $\phi(x,y,z)$ must be equal to ...
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Is a vector field not a vector quantity?

I'm trying to make sense of Poisson bracket relation $$\{L_i,A_k\}_{PB}~=~\epsilon_{ikl}A_l,\tag1$$ where $L_i$ is $i$th component of angular momentum, $A_k$ is $k$th component of an arbitrary ...
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Momentum of stationary electron in a curl free vector potential

The essence of this question is simplicity itself: There is an electron in a curl-free $\vec{A}$ field. The electron is stationary so its m$\vec{v}$ momentum is 0. However, it has "momentum" from ...
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Vector fields of a physical quantity [closed]

I had this small confusion - The components of a vector field representing a physical quantity must have the same physical dimension right? for example- the radius vector has the unit of length along ...
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Finding Transversal Components from Longitudinal component for Electric and Magnetic Field in a cylindrical coordinates system

Can someone explain why this two equation are equivalent? $\nabla_T$ denotes the transverse two-dimensional nabla operator: $\nabla_T=\hat{x}\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Duality and 1 forms

If a Killing vector is equal to: $$X= -\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\partial _t + \frac{\alpha}{\sqrt{2}}\partial_1.$$ But as far as I know is that the dual of a vector is a 1-form, so can I represent that ...
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If a Killing vector field is timelike, can it be set to $\partial/\partial t$?

If one has a Killing vector that turned out to be a timelike Killing vector field because of negative norm. Can we set this Killing vector field equal to $\partial/\partial t$?
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The first term of Stokes Vector of natural light is zero?

Consider the electric field of a beam of natural light: $$ E(r,t) = E_0 \cos(k·r+wt) $$ Since this beam of light is natural, the vector E has all the components possible that satisfies: ...
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Norm of Killing vector field

Let us suppose we have a Killing vector field with $X^a = 1/2$ and $X^b = 1/3$ and $g_{ab}=1$ where the other $c$ and $d$ components are zero. Now we want to find its norm: The formula for finding ...
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EM waves and fields

According to wikipedia, electromagnetic waves are "synchronized oscillations of electric and magnetic fields that propagate at the speed of light". I understand what it means in theory. But in ...
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Advection operator

How are exactly $u_j\partial_ju_i$ and $u_i\partial_j u_i$ related? And what is their relation to ($\boldsymbol{u}\cdot\nabla)\boldsymbol{u}$ and $\boldsymbol{u}\cdot(\nabla\boldsymbol{u})$ ? I ask ...
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What is an “Einstein transformation” in general relativity?

When introducing the vielbein formalism in general relativity, I came across the use of an infinitesimal general transformation, or Einstein transformation. The latter term seems not to be covered on ...
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How to get the linear and angular acceleration generated by a force vector field?

I am working on a physics simulation and I have to calculate the angular acceleration in degrees per seconds squared around the point on the object located relatively to the center of a vector field ...
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Can a spacetime solution in GR have no Killing vector fields?

Sometimes Killing vector fields in a given spacetime are described as giving information about a symmetry of that particular spacetime solution. If I look at the requirement of a Killing vector field ...
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Conformal Killing fields on Schwarzschild

I am trying to understand which are the conformal Killing Fields on the Schwarzschild spacetime. I say that $X$ is a conformal Killing field on $S$ ($S$ is Schwarzschild) if there exists a function ...
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field solutions for covariant derivative of vector field constrained to zero

Question: What do the solutions of $\nabla_\mu A^\nu = 0 $ look like? And is it possible for spacetime curvature to somehow restrict the solution to $A^\nu = 0$? Here is my current ...
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If you are not given a metric, which one is more fundamental: a vector or a covector? [closed]

If we do not have the metric $g_{\mu\nu}$ for a given spacetime, are vectors $x^\mu$ more fundamental than covectors $x_\mu$ or vice versa? Why? (if the metric were given we could just raise/lower ...
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Why is $\nabla\cdot(\hat{\bf r}/r^2)$ giving 0 as answer? [closed]

While I was reading I encountered the statement $\nabla\cdot(\hat{\bf r}/r^2)$ (r cap divided by $r$ square) is 0. Can anyone explain proof of the statement why is it giving 0?
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Want to know about divergence [duplicate]

Can anyone please explain how to know whether a vector field has divergence or not by seeing its diagram? I have read that a vector field must change for having divergence but why is divergence zero ...
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Magnetic field derived from a scalar function

Question: Show that $\mathbf B = \hat r \times \nabla g(\mathbf r)$, where $g$ is an arbitrary scalar function, is a plausible magnetic field. What current density $\mathbf J $ can produce ...
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Line integral definition of work clarification

So I am kind of confused about the role of force when calculating work. Specifically, when defining work using a line integral. There is a paragraph in my calculus book that is really throwing me off ...
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How to calculate topological charge?

For a complex vector field in two dimensions with one or more phase singularity - a point where the field amplitude is zero and the phase is undefined - how do you explicitly calculate the total ...
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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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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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Relationship between Connection and Material Derivative

Suppose $D\subset \Bbb R^3$ contains a fluid and that $f : D\times \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a time dependent function defined on the fluid region. In that case, the material derivative is defined ...