# Dot product of vector and del.

by pyroknife
Tags: product, vector
 P: 398 I'm not sure which section is best to post this question in. I was wondering if the expression (u $∇) is the same as (∇$ u). Here $represents the dot product (I couldn't find this symbol. ∇=del, the vector differentiation operator and u is the velocity vector or any other vector  HW Helper P: 2,264 The usual convention is that ∇ acts to the right so (u$ ∇) and (∇ $u) are not equal. This is analogous to asking if uD is equal to D u where D is the differentiation operator.  Math Emeritus Sci Advisor Thanks PF Gold P: 39,559 QUOTE=pyroknife;4654871]I'm not sure which section is best to post this question in. I was wondering if the expression (u$ ∇) is the same as (∇ $u). Here$ represents the dot product (I couldn't find this symbol. ∇=del, the vector differentiation operator and u is the velocity vector or any other vector[/QUOTE] Before anyone can answer that question, you will have to tell us what you mean by "(u \$ ∇). The reason I say that is that things like $\nabla\cdot u$ and $\nabla\times u$ are mnemonics for $\partial u_x/\partial x+ \partial u_y/\partial y+ \partial u_z/\partial$ and $(\partial u_z/\partial y- \partial u_y/\partial z)\vec{i}+ (\partial u_x/\partial z- \partial u_z/\partial x)\vec{j}+ (\partial u_y/\partial x- \partial u_x/\partial y)\vec{k}$. In particular "$\nabla$" is NOT a real vector and you cannot combine it with vector functions without saying HOW that is to be done.