Mathematical vectors, operations on vectors and vectorized programming.

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Is it possible to do vector calculus in Mathematica?

I am trying to rearrange and manipulate some vector differential equations in Mathematica. As far as I understand you have to tell Mathematica that a variable is a vector by specifying the components ...
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Using the epsilon tensor in Mathematica

I'm having a great deal of trouble getting started on a weekly homework assignment in Mathematica. The assignment requires we use the epsilon tensor which is apparently built into Mathematica as ...
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Visualizing a Complex Vector Field near Poles

I've been playing around with a visualization technique for complex functions where one views the function $f: \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ as the vector field $f: \mathbb{R^2} \rightarrow \...
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Vectors with a certain magnitude in Mathematica

For a user-specified magnitude, is there a way to have Mathematica produce any 3D vector with that magnitude?
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NDSolve with vector function

(Possible duplicate yet I still can't understand.) Basic 2D revolving around origin: ...
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How to define an orthogonal basis in the right way?

I am trying to work with the vector notation without defining vector components explicitly. $Assumptions = (x | y | z) \[Element] Vectors[3] The vectors ...
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Complex result for Real vectors in VectorAngle

I was expecting a real angle using VectorAngle when passing real valued vectors, but I obtained a complex angle: ...
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How do I simplify a vector expression?

I am doing vector analysis. I have figured out that the following expression won't be simplified in Mathematica: Simplify[Dot[x, y] - Dot[y, x]] I think the ...
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Visualizing vector spherical harmonics

I have painstakingly derived the vector-spherical harmonics $\mathbf{V}_{J,\,M}^\ell(\theta, \phi)$, which are the generalization of ordinary spherical harmonics $Y_\ell^m(\theta, \phi)$ to vector ...
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How to represent and manipulate abstract indexed vector (or tensor) expressions?

I have a couple abstract indexed quantities, both differential elements $dx = dx^\mu e_\mu + x^\mu de_\mu$ $du = du^\mu e_\mu + u^\mu de_\mu$ I can compute the expression $(dx + du) \cdot (dx + du) ...
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How to declare a 3D vector variable?

How can I do vector calculations without telling Mathematica the vector entries? I have very many arbitrary linear combinations in $\mathbb{R}^3$ which I want to perform some general calculations on (...
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VectorScale Explanation

I'm having great difficulty understanding VectorScale. Here are the definitions from the documentation. With the explicit specification ...
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Animating a Voronoi Diagram

edit: Excellent answers have been provided and I made an animation which is suitable for my use, however, all the examples rely on bitmap/rasterized data; is there a vector based approach? I would ...
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Make a huge vector in a wise way

I need to construct a vector similar to: v[x_]:={0, 0, x, 0, 0, 2*x, 0, 0, 3*x, ....., 0, 0, n*x}; where n=10^9. How can I ...
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Plotting: Is anyone familiar with gradientfieldplot command?

I am trying to plot this graph showing the electric field lines and lines of equipotential based off the electrode configuration(in black) of two parallel lines. This is what I've been using for other ...
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Why can't I define vector v as having subscripted elements v_1, v_2, v_3…?

I'm a very beginner in Mathematica 8 programming. While trying to play a little with tensor analysis I encountered a problem. How to define for example vector in such manner: v={$v_1,v_2,v_3$} For ...
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What is the cleanest way to prevent divide-by-zero warnings?

If I evaluate {1, 2, 3, 4}/{5, 6, 0, 8}, obviously I get one warning: ...
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How to make a point's position time-dependent given a formula for the next step?

I've made a program that is just some points on a plane. Red points are cops and green points are robbers. Each point has a vector indicating where it is going to be in the next step of $t$. Right now ...
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Adding a Sphere onto an existing 3D plot

I have a 3D plot. I need to add a small sphere marking the starting point, r[t] == 0. I'm pretty new at Mathematica and would greatly appreciate some help. ...
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Making a ListVectorPlot3D from data in an external file

I have a .dat file with six columns: {x y z vx vy vz}, where x, y, z are space coordinates and vx, vy, vz are the vector components. How can I use this file to get ...
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Simplify vector expression - is there something like “Factor” for vectors, dot products etc.?

I am looking for a way to simplify dot products etc. Here is a minimal example: Lets say I have two vectors a and b: Array[a,2] Array[b,2] Now I evaluate their ...
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Placing many arrowheads on curves

I can't find anything anywhere on the web to help me with this. My plot: ...
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Decomposing a matrix with polynomial elements into a polynomial with matrix coefficients

Let's say I have a matrix, $\mathbf{M}$, that is polynomially dependent on a single variable, such as M = {{15 + a^2, a + 5 a^2}, {a - 5 a^2, 2}} and I want to ...
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Visualize eigenvectors at specified points?

I am very new to Mathematica and I got stuck about visualizing eigenvectors 2D and 3D. I want to visualize my largest eigenvector field of tensor data(15x15). I wrote this code for instance : ...
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“NotAvailable” and “NotApplicable” data points returned by WeatherData[]

I am trying to use ListVectorPlot in combination with WeatherData and CountryData to show ...
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How to use DSolve with vectors without decomposing into vector components?

Given a basic, two-dimensional ballistic trajectory problem, I can solve the equations of motion using DSolve (or NDSolve) by ...
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Add a vector to a list of vectors

What is the syntax to add v1 to each vector in v2? I know it has to be simple, but I really have searched and not found it. <...
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Plotting a Gravity-Field [duplicate]

I try to plot a 2D gravity field or something similar in the form like $r/|r|^3$ with the standart builtin VectorPlot function: ...
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Introduction to Vectors and NDSolve

I want to use NDSolve for a complicated equation that contains vectors. I am still new to Mathematica, and have really enjoyed what I have learned thus far. Concerning this question, I have already ...
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How can I use parts of lists with Dynamic?

I'm a newbie - what am I doing wrong? I want to use parts of lists (vectors) in calculations but Mathematica will not evaluate anything that involves parts of lists that update dynamically. Is there a ...
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How to expand a general expression in cross and dot product in Mathematica

I am looking for a way to simply the general expression in cross product and dot product with general vectors. I got a help in How do I simplify a vector expression? but soon I find that it doesn't ...
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Is it possible that we can use “+” to add two vectors in polar form?

For example, $a=(2,\pi/4)$, $b=(3,\pi/3)$, if we want to get the result of $a+b$, using + operator will not do, because mathematica will ignore the polar form, and ...
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How to generalize and speed up this program?

There is a vector whose length is $n*m$, we can part it into $n$ sections in order. I want to define a function to compare the $i$-th and $i+1$-th section and find the minimum. The program for $n=m=3$ ...
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Center of quadrangular

Having 4 points A (ax, ay), B (bx, by), C (cx, cy) and D ...
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How to pull scalars out of a function that should act on lists?

Suppose I have A = a vecA B = b vecB where a and b are supposed to be arbitrary scalars ...
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How can I express this recurrence function in Mathematica?

\begin{equation} r_{i+1}=r_{i}+V_{i}{\Delta}t \end{equation} Where \begin{equation} V_{i}=(0.01, 0.40) \end{equation} and ${\Delta}t$ is the difference in time. My implementation (this is for ${\...
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Plot Piecewise-Smooth Vector Field.

I want to plot a piecewise-smooth vector field. For instance: $F_1(x,y) = (x^2 + y^2, y^2)$, $F_2 (x,y) = (2xy,2xy-x^2)$ and $H(x,y) = x-y$ $F(x,y) = \begin{cases} F_1(x,y) \text{ if } H(x,y) >...
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How to obtain the gradient of a function as a function?

The Grad function allows me to get the gradient of a function like this: ...
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Operator operation

There are two basic operators r={x,y,z} and p=-I*h*{D[#,x] , D[#,y], D[#,z]} &. The angular momentum operator is defined as $...
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Compile issues, scoping and order of evaluation

I have a few questions about compiling functions, which I think are all related to scoping and order of evaluation. I will illustrate them by a minimal example of the problem I have. I'm sorry for ...
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Factor a Vector

Does there exist a function in Mathematica that simply takes out a common factor from a vector/list of expressions? This seems like such a simple operation that I am surprised that I could not find it ...
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Symbolically associate vectors and their norms

I am wondering how to handle the following situation: I do have vectors of known dimension that I would like to handle symbolically. I suppose I can do something like ...
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How to adjust vector scaling with a specific aspect ratio

I'm trying to create a vector plot with uniform vector scaling. I need the x and y ranges to be very different, because I need to highlight the angle between the vectors and the y=0 axis. This means ...