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bigee1212
December 13th, 2007, 09:11 PM
Hey, need some help with problem 3.

i know how to take the gradient if its the form of grad-f(x, y), but this is just saying that u and v are functions...

any help would be appreciated. thanks

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bruce89
December 13th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Helping on someone's homework sounds dodgy.

lswest
December 13th, 2007, 09:18 PM
lol you could just point him in the right direction, or give him an example of a similar question. I can't help though:P only 16, haven't learned that yet lol.

bruce89
December 13th, 2007, 09:35 PM
I haven't a bloody clue either.

Kingsley
December 13th, 2007, 10:05 PM
Karl's Math Help may be able to steer you in the right direction. It's what I did for a couple of my Calculus 1 quizzes. Here's his email address: helpwmath@karlscalculus.org

jasay
December 13th, 2007, 10:14 PM
It says that u and v are functions of x and y so if it helps then you can write it out u(x,y) and v(x,y). They just wrote u and v to save space.

For a)
(Pretend what follows has partial derivatives since i'm too lazy to look for the right symbol)

So what is grad(u+v)? Calculate as above, then rearrange some terms (group the u and v seperately) and go back from i+j terminology to grad terminology. You should end up with what is on the right of the property.

Do the same for the b)-d).

Erdaron
December 13th, 2007, 10:31 PM
First, I think there is a typo in 3b, I think. It really should read:

You should have learned that differentiation is linear (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_transformation), meaning it is distributive. That should solve 3a.

Once you have that, you can solve 3b. First hold u constant, then v. Or look up a proof for a one-dimensional case, it should be identical.

3c is the same as 3b: grad (u/v) = grad (u * 1/v). Apply 3b, then simplify.

For 3d, start with expressing u^n = u*u^(n-1) and then apply 3b again. You'll probably end up with some recursive expression.

Dealing with n-dimensional derivatives as if it were normal just takes some getting used to. In the end, you'll realize they all behave the same, whether f() is a function of one x or infinitely many.

It gets extra fun when each variable can be an n-dimensional vector by itself.

jasay
December 13th, 2007, 10:36 PM
First, I think there is a typo in 3b, I think. It really should read: