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Jun29-07, 05:51 PM
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this may seem simple minded but think what i am asking is whether del means (d/dx, d/dy)

or whether it means (d/dr, d/dtheta).

i suspect the reason this curl expression looks funny, is that it stands for the polar transfrom of d of the cartesian transform of a one form given in polar coords.

i.e. (d/dx,d/dy) X (Ar, Atheta) is going to look different from

(d/dr, d/dtheta) X (Ar, Atheta).

there is to me still no reason at all to bring in any stars or duals or metrics into this calculation.