The del operator is often informally written as (d/dx, d/dy, d/dz) or [itex]\hat{x}[/itex][itex]\frac{d}{dx}[/itex]+[itex]\hat{y}[/itex][itex]\frac{d}{dy}[/itex]+[itex]\hat{z}[/itex][itex]\frac{d}{dz}[/itex], a pseudo-vector consisting of differentiation operators. Could there be a pseudo-matrix operator like it? What would one be differentiating with respect to- that is, the physical or geometric interpretation (i.e., the x, y, z above are the coordinates in three-space). Would the operator be of any use?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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# Matrix analog of del operator?

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