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Applications of the Kelvin-Stokes Theorem

  1. Nov 11, 2012 #1
    Hi Guys~

    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for applications of the Kelvin-Stokes Theorem. Recall that the Kelvin-Stokes Theorem states: http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/0/4/4/04402b2d910114267bffa0e030445af6.png
    (Check Wikipedia for further explanation)

    Obviously one could apply this in it's most basic form to calculate the work done upon a particle moving through a vector field in ℝ3. But I'm looking for some "weirder" problems.

    i.e.
    Imagine a tilted Ferris wheel rotating on the Earth. You want to calculate the work done by gravity on the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel is a closed path so Stokes' theorem holds.

    Something of that nature. Anyone have any suggestions on how to go about a problem like this ^?
    or any other problem that you may know of relating to this.

    Thank you,
    Physics-Pure

    P.S. This is not homework related, purely for fun.
     
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  3. Nov 21, 2012 #2
    Stokes' theorem is used in classical electromagnetism. After all, two of Maxwell's equations involve the curl.
     
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