Questions tagged [vector-calculus]

Questions on dealing with vector calculus functions of Mathematica such as Grad, Div, Curl, Laplacian and their representations in various coordinate systems.

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Mathematica Scalar Field on 3D Space

Fellow Mathematicai, is there any way to create a visual plot of a Scalar Field on 3D space in Mathematica? With Gratitude, - SDH
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Reconstructing a function from its gradients

I have a list of the components of the gradients, $\partial f/\partial x_i$, of a function $f(x_1,x_2,\cdots)$. Is there some neat way to reconstruct the function $f$? One approach to doing this ...
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Vector shape and Dimensions

I think I have not understood clearly the difference between dimension and shape. I want to construct a vector remembering recurrence of the type : ...
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How to get results in terms of vector operations?

Is there a simple way to simplify an expression in terms of vector operations? For example, when I evaluate this; ...
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Vector calculus expression formatting

I have the following example vector calculus code ...
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Solving equation with Curl in angular velocity

In 3 dimensions, angular velocity is given as: $$\boldsymbol{\omega} = \frac{1}{2} \nabla \times \boldsymbol{v}$$ How can I use mathematica to solve for velocity $\boldsymbol{v}$, if I give a value ...
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Problems encountered in plotting direction fields

I learned how to plot direction fields according to the answer of @Robert Jacobson to the question How can I plot the direction field for a differential equation?. However, when I tried to plot the ...
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Laplacian operator examples

I was reading up in the help about the Laplacian operator. and tried to understand the one example I saw: Laplacian[Sin[r^2],{r,\[Theta]},"Polar"] results in: ...
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Vector calculus integration identity problem

This is a follow up from another post. I was using the integration symbols available in the Basic Math Assistant palette. I am new to vector calculus operations. There is a known identity found in ...
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Solving Laplace equation in spherical coordinates

I was trying to solve Laplace's equation for a spherical capacitor, which is not difficult by hand, just to figure out the commands so I can eventually try something more complicated. Then, I ran into ...
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Where to find order of arguments for default functions

Lets take for example the Laplacian. So I want to apply it in spherical coordinates, so I go the the associated documentation page (https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Laplacian.html?view=all) ...
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Curl in Polar Coordinates

I was trying to figure out Curl in other coordinates. The Curl documentation (https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Curl.html ) didn't really say how Mathematica interpreted the input. Anyway, I ...
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How to add a vector variable to a vector value?

If we have a three dimensional vector variable: $Assumptions = a ∈ Vectors[3]; and a three dimensional vector value for example: ...
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Curl of a scalar in Mathematica [duplicate]

What is the reason for Mathematica to produce expressions with opposite signs? ...
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Vector calculus with index notation

How would you calculate this in Mathematica? $$\sum_i\partial_i\partial_i G_{jk}$$ $$G_{jk}=\bigg(\frac{\delta_{jk}}{r}+\frac{(x_j-y_j)(x_k-y_k)}{r^3}\bigg)$$ where $r=|\boldsymbol{x}- \boldsymbol{...
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Einstein summation convention for symbolic vector calculus

I am trying to do some vector calculus in Mathematica in index notation form because it gives a clear result that can be compared to pen and paper calculations. Since there is no built in Einstein ...
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How can I make an arrow's shaft more visible?

{Graphics[{Arrowheads[.1], Arrow[{{0, 0}, {2, 1}}]}], Graphics[{Arrowheads[.1], Arrow[BezierCurve[{{0, 0}, {1, 1}, {2, 0}}]]}]} say I have the above code. Can I ...
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Make Arrows Smaller

I have the following program that describes a 3D curve in space with an osculating circle and TNB vectors moving with the curve. The arrows indicating the TNB vectors are way too large making it seem ...
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Triple product in spherical coordinates

Given six real numbers $a,b,c,d,e,f$ (say between $0$ and $\pi$) I would like to express the following determinant in a compact and "reasonable" way: $$ \det \begin{bmatrix} \sin a \cos b & \sin ...
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What is the definition of Curl in Mathematica?

I have a usual mathematical background in vector and tensor calculus. I was trying to use the differential operators of Mathematica, namely Grad, ...
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Verifying equality $ (\vec a \times \vec b)^2 = \left| \vec a \times \vec b \right| ^2 $

I'm trying to verify the equality $ (\vec a \times \vec b)^2 = \left| \vec a \times \vec b \right| ^2 $ in Mathematica. How can I do it? Thank you for your time.
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Hessian matrix product in Taylor expansion of vector function

I am trying to get the 2nd order coefficient of the Taylor expansion at $\pmb{x}=\pmb{0}$ of ...
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Computing quadratic differential trajectories with Mathematica

There was a question about a particular case of this, Quadratic differentials; seemingly it contained too little information, so let me try again. This will be also a second take on my previous ...
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Explicitly construct tensor quantities with given symmetries

I am trying to use mathematica to generate explicitely a tensor. I know multiple thing about it. Let's call it $C_{\mu\nu\lambda\sigma}$. This guy has to be symmetric in the two first indices ${\mu,\...
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Summation of Kronecker deltas should give the dimension

I have a really simple problem but I don't know how to solve it. Basically, I am doing vecor manipulation and I am summing a lot of Kronecker delta here and there. How can I teach Mathematica that for ...
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Recombining vectors after taking derivatives

I want to map two expansions order by order and to solve to get unknowns coefficient. We define $X_{\mu}= \frac{(x-y)_{\mu}}{(x-y)^2}$. The quantity I need to expand in the end is $t_{\mu\nu}= \frac{...
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How do I verify a vector identity using Mathematica?

I am trying to verify well known Frenet–Serret formulas in general setting using Mathematica. I need to consider a general space curve $r(s)=(x(s),y(s),z(s))$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and define its unit ...
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Manipulations with tensors that keep so(3,1) symmetry manifest

I am doing some manipulations with tensors in curved background. There are, however, coordinates, where Lorentz symmetry is manifest. So, on one hand, I am dealing with particular coordinates and, on ...
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Plot a level curve and its gradient

Suppose that I have the following ellipse function, $f(x,y)=4x^2+y^2-5$. The gradient of this ellipse is calculated as $\nabla f(x,y)=[8x,2y]$. I know how to plot and join them. It is easy. I do ...
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DiracDelta convergence in 3D - Cartesian vs. spherical coordinates

Integrating DiracDelta in 3D in Cartesian coordinates works just fine i.e. gives vecf[{x, y, z}] ...
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keep variables in the correct position when TensorExpand

I would like to expand a tensor expression of 3-d vectors. However, the code runs really slow, the problem is asked here: Why is TensorExpand so slow for vector operations? However, I found that by ...
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Why is TensorExpand so slow for vector operations?

I would like to expand the following tensor expression: ...
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Integrating a vector according to elements of another vector

I have two vectors, $\bar{x},\bar{v}$ and I want to produce a third vector such that:$$ u_i = \int_{x_i}^{x_i+\delta} f(v_i,t)dt \ .$$ I tried (with a simple function for example): ...
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Confused about the solution obtained from vector linearization

I am trying to linearize a vector expression $$\frac{(\mathbf{u}+d\mathbf{u})\times(\mathbf{v}+d\mathbf{v})}{\vert(\mathbf{u}+d\mathbf{u})\times(\mathbf{v}+d\mathbf{v})\vert}$$ Here is my code ...
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How to take the curl of a vector function involving hypergeometric functions?

I have a vector function involving a hypergeometric function as its inner constituent. I need to take the curl of this vector and when I do, Mathematica prompts this array of errors: ...
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Del as a Differential Operator: (Matrix times Del) cross vector [duplicate]

I tried to reply to this answer, but don't have enough reputation points yet. Basically the poster constructed Del (i.e. $\nabla = \left( \frac{\partial}{\partial x}, \frac{\partial}{\partial y}, \...
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How to solve equations combined with vector variables with unknown length

I want to solve the following equaitions combined with vector variables and scalar variables. How can I use it in MMA? \begin{aligned} \mathbf{x}+w\mathbf{a}-\mathbf{v}&=0\\ \mathbf{v}&\ge 0\\...
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How do you treat gradient as a vector? [duplicate]

I need to express $\nabla = (\partial_x,\partial_y,\partial_z)$ as a vector, so that I can compute the differential operator given by $A\cdot\nabla$ (where here $A$ is a 3x3 matrix) using Mathematica. ...
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Is there a way to add my own coordinate chart?

You all may have seen something like this: U = Laplacian[Phi, {r, theta, phi}, "Spherical"] What I want is to add my own Chart with its own coordinates, metric ...
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matrix calculus with types (similar to matrixcalculus.org) [duplicate]

Is it possible to do matrix calculus in Mathematica, like in http://www.matrixcalculus.org/ ? One of the main limitations I've found in Mathematica is that symbols are assumed to be scalars by ...
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Plot the curve into the xz plane with time interval

At time t ≥ 0, a new laser rocket is at the position: ...
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Plotting cross-sections of $z=4x^2+y^2$ parallel to the $yz$-plane

I want to plot the cross-sections of $z=4x^2+y^2$ parallel to the $yz$-plane. I have tried the below code ...
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How to plot circle, with it centered at a point in 3D in a plane of xyz equation? [duplicate]

I can figure out how to plot this for calc 3. Question: a) Plot the circle of radius 3 centered at the point $\{-1, 1, 1\}$ in the plane whose xyz-equation is $2(x + 1) + 3(y - 1) + (z - 1) = 0$. ...
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Passing a function into another function defined with Module and using it there

I'm trying to write a generic module that will take a vector-valued function of a space curve and show the animation of a unit tangent vector traversing the curve. I found a really nice example from ...
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How to get a list of 3D coordinates using point and rotation

I have one point: p1={82,80,0} I want to rotate it around the Y axis. The start time is 0 seconds ($0s$) and the end time is 5 seconds ($5s$). ...
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How does one plot a three-dimensional electric field in spherical coordinates?

I have the following three-dimensional electric field: e[r_, θ_, ϕ_, t_] := (Sin[θ]/r)*(Cos[r - t] - Sin[r - t]/r)*{0, 0, 1} where the {0,0,1} vector is the unit ...
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Does Mathematica 11 have spherical coordinate unit vectors?

I have a spherical vector wave for an electric field: e[r_, θ_, ϕ_, t_] := (Sin[θ]/r) [Cos[r - t] - Sin[r - t]/r] which points in the ϕ direction. In mathematics,...
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Create matrix from combinational arrangement of vectors

I am just trying to produce a short hand code which shall do the following: I have a function of 2 vectors $f(\vec{v_1},\vec{v_2})$ f=#1^2+#2^2-#3-#4&; and ...
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How to solve for points in a region of a plane? [closed]

I have three points in 3D Cartesian space: A = {-0.154, -0.246, -0.439}; B ={-0.0055, -0.3945, -0.3895}; C= {-0.154, -0.444, -0.241}; that all lie on the ...