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Prove if a vector field is conservative or not

  1. Dec 3, 2008 #1
    How do you prove if a vector field is conservative or if it isnt conservative?
    For example, if we have the vector field F(x, y, z) = x^2yz ı + y  + x^2 k, how do we find out if it is conservative or not conservative?
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  3. Dec 3, 2008 #2


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    Find the curl of that vector field, and figure out the significance if it is zero.

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