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Gradient and curl of an oil spill be?

  1. May 9, 2010 #1
    could someone please help me? what would the divergence, gradient and curl of an oil spill be?

    I'm a bit confused.

    Thank you
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  3. May 10, 2010 #2


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    Re: help

    Welcome to physics forums :smile:

    The question, as asked, makes no sense. You would need to provide some mathematical description of an oil spill.
  4. May 10, 2010 #3


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    Re: help

    Yes, you are confused. "curl", "divergence", and "gradient" apply to mathematical functions (scalar for gradient, vector functions for curl and divergence), not to oil spills!

    Do you have a particular mathematical model of the oil spill in mind?
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