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Interpreting a vector expression

  1. Feb 18, 2010 #1
    In R^3 I have two vectors a and b and the operator D = (d/dx,d/dy,d/dz)

    What is the interpretation/ picture of (aD)b - (bD)a? This is another vector.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2010
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  3. Feb 19, 2010 #2

    Ben Niehoff

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    You mean a geometrical interpretation? It's the Lie derivative, [itex]{\mathcal L}_A B[/itex].
  4. Feb 19, 2010 #3
    thanks. That's all I need.
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