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Direction of the maximum gradient (scalar fields)

  1. Oct 14, 2014 #1
    If a question asks for the direction of the maximum gradient of a scalar field, is it acceptable to just use del(x) as the answer or is the question asking for a unit vector?
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  3. Oct 14, 2014 #2


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    Since the question is "in what direction", you could simply say "in the direction of" [itex]\nabla f[/itex]".
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