Curvilinear Coordinates and Vector Calculus

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With [itex]\vec{L}[/itex] = -i[itex]\vec{r}[/itex] x [itex]\nabla[/itex], verify the operator identities

[itex]\nabla = \hat{r}\frac{\partial }{\partial \vec{r}}-i\frac{\vec{r}\times\vec{L}}{r^{2}}[/itex]
and
[itex]\vec{r} \bigtriangledown ^2 - \bigtriangledown (1+\vec{r}\frac{\partial }{\partial \vec{r}})=i\bigtriangledown \times \vec{L}[/itex]


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... I tried to expand it, and use some identities... But the equation becomes super complicated... Help!
 

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I don't see other way to do it other than expanding and writing the nabla operator in spherical coordinates...The only identity you need is the one for double vector product

[tex] \vec{A}\times \left(\vec{B}\times\vec{C}\right) = \ ... [/tex]
 

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