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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi,

I am curious if anyone here remembers the gradient operator by the following definition:

[tex]\nabla f = \lim_{\Delta v->0} \frac{1}{\Delta v}\oint f \vec{dS}[/tex].

So far I could find only one book that gives the definition above.

I find this definition quite nice as the expressions of the gradient operator in many coordinate systems naturally follow from this definition. Also, it is a good contrast with the definition of the divergence operator

[tex]\nabla \cdot \vec{f} = \lim_{\Delta v->0} \frac{1}{\Delta v}\oint \vec{f}\cdot \vec{dS}[/tex].

notice the change from [tex]f[/tex] to [tex]\vec{f}[/tex].

elgen

I am curious if anyone here remembers the gradient operator by the following definition:

[tex]\nabla f = \lim_{\Delta v->0} \frac{1}{\Delta v}\oint f \vec{dS}[/tex].

So far I could find only one book that gives the definition above.

I find this definition quite nice as the expressions of the gradient operator in many coordinate systems naturally follow from this definition. Also, it is a good contrast with the definition of the divergence operator

[tex]\nabla \cdot \vec{f} = \lim_{\Delta v->0} \frac{1}{\Delta v}\oint \vec{f}\cdot \vec{dS}[/tex].

notice the change from [tex]f[/tex] to [tex]\vec{f}[/tex].

elgen

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