1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Calculate the following expressions: 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution Letting the vector a = (a_1, a_2, a_3) I've worked out that it's 2|a|^2 While that method is fairly quick, I don't particularly like it, and was wondering if there is a shorter or neater method using identities and such, perhaps using del^2 = del . del, then using div and grad identities? Cheers.