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## Homework Statement

Don't understand why the inverse jacobian has the form that it does.

## Homework Equations

$$ J = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{u}} & \frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{u}} \\ \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{v}} & \frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{v}} \end{pmatrix} $$

$$ J^{-1}= \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{x}} & \frac{\partial{v}}{\partial{x}} \\ \frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{y}} & \frac{\partial{v}}{\partial{y}} \end{pmatrix} $$

## The Attempt at a Solution

This flow of logic makes sense to me:

$$ \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{u}} \\ \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{v}} \end{pmatrix} = J \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{x}} \\ \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{y}} \end{pmatrix} $$

(due to the equation for change of variables in two dimensions).

Similarly, looking at the inverse transformation, if we say that there is some matrix ## M ## that represents the inverse of ## J ##, we know:

$$ \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{x}} \\ \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{y}} \end{pmatrix} =M \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{u}} \\ \frac{\partial{f}}{\partial{v}} \end{pmatrix} $$

Using the equation of the change of variables in 2D it's clear that ##J^{-1} ## should look as shown.

I'm confused however, because if I apply the general equation for the inverse of a ##2X2 ## matrix to ## J##, we get a matrix, ## j^{-1} ##, like this:

$$ j^{-1} = \frac{1}{|J|} \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{v}} & - \frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{u}} \\ -\frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{v}} & \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{u}} \end{pmatrix} $$

But this would then imply that

$$ \frac{1}{|J|} \frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{v}} = \frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{x}} $$ etc .. .

Which wouldn't seem to be generally true.

Similarly, if we multiply ## J ## and ## J^{-1} ##, using the standard rules for matrix multiplication, we get:

$$ JJ^{-1} = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{u}}\frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{x}}+\frac{\partial{y}}{

\partial{u}}\frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{y}} & \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{u}}\frac{\partial{v}}{\partial{x}}+\frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{u}}\frac{\partial{v}}{\partial{y}} \\ \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{v}}\frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{x}}+\frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{v}}\frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{y}} & \frac{\partial{x}}{\partial{v}}\frac{\partial{v}}{\partial{x}}+\frac{\partial{y}}{\partial{v}}\frac{\partial{v}}{\partial{y}} \end{pmatrix} $$

If the above ##'J^{-1} ## is a true inverse of ## J ## then clearly: ## JJ^{-1}=I ##, where ## I ## is the identity matrix. But I don't understand how the terms in the above expression equate to the corresponding terms in the identity matrix! :(

Can somebody please help?

Thank you!