<Mentor note: moved from a technical forum and therefore without template> So I´m trying to understand how to use the equation for finding the gradient in spherical coordinates, just going from cartesian to spherical seemed crazy. Now I´m at a point where I want to try out what I have read and I immediately run into problems, which clearly tells me I have no idea what I´m doing. Problem I was trying to solve: Given a scalarfield β = A/r where r = (x^2+y^2+z^2)^1/2 and A is a konstant, calculate the gradient in spherical coordinates. ∇β = ∂β/∂r ir + 1/r ∂β/∂θ iθ + 1/rsinθ ∂β/∂φ iφ When I thought the solution was pretty simply and then I go to the back of my book to check the result and I´m not even close. How on earth does the result become negative? it is also negative in Cartesian coordinates which don´t understand either. Well that is basicly my frustration, how does this become negative?