Regarding gradient vector

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As we know grad F (F surface) is in normal direction. But we also have (grad F(r)) x r = F'(r) (r) x r = 0
this implies grad F is in direction of r i.e., radial direction. Radial and normal directions need not be same. Can any öne clarify THE DIRECTION OF GRAD VECTOR?
 
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Gentle reminder
 
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In your second formula, you refer to "F(r)" so you are assuming that F depends only on r and so is spherically symmetric. The first formula does not assume that .
 
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Got it! Thanks!
 

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