# Homework Help: Question about Stokes Theorem?

1. Aug 9, 2011

### stratusfactio

So I'm self teaching myself Multivariable Calculus from UCBerkeley's Youtube series and an online textbook. I'm up to Stokes Theorem and I'm getting conflicting definitions.

UCBerkeley Youtube series says that Stokes Theorem is defined by:
$$\int {(Curl f)} {ds}$$

And then the textbook says that Stokes Theorem is defined by:
$$\int {(Curl f)} {nd\theta}$$

where n is the normal vector defined by:
$${-frac{\partial}{\partial z} i − ∂z\∂y j + k}\{\over sqrt(1 +(∂z\∂x)^2+(∂z\∂y)^2)}$$

So I would just like to know which is correct?

Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
2. Aug 9, 2011

### vela

Staff Emeritus
They're both correct. They're just different ways of writing the same thing.
$$\int_S (\nabla\times\mathbf{F})\cdot d\mathbf{S} = \int_S (\nabla\times \mathbf{F})\cdot \hat{\mathbf{n}}\,dS$$
dS is an element of area. It's a vector with magnitude equal to the area dS and with direction normal to the surface. Some people like to pull the unit normal n out and write it explicitly, so you have dS = n dS.