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Gradient of a surface

  1. Nov 14, 2011 #1
    As we know grad F (F surface) is in normal direction. But we also have (grad F(r)) x r = F'(r) (r) x r = 0
    this implies grad F is in direction of r i.e., radial direction. Radial and normal directions need not be same. Can any öne clarify THE DIRECTION OF GRAD VECTOR?
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  3. Nov 15, 2011 #2
    Can u please throw some light on this?
  4. Nov 15, 2011 #3


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    For a level surface defined by F(r)=some constant, where "r" is the radial variable, then by necessity, those level surface(s) will be circles (in 2-D).
    And therefore, the radial direction will always be parallell to the vector normal to the level surface.
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