# Homework Help: Small Gradient Identity Proof

1. Feb 9, 2010

### mmmboh

Hi, I was asked to prove this identity, I found the determinants for both the left and the right side, and now I basically have to prove that (d/dy)(f(dg/dz))=(df/dy)(dg/dz), the d's are actual partials though. Can anyone give me an idea on how to prove this?

Thanks.

2. Feb 9, 2010

### LCKurtz

You can use the subscript button and subscripts to write partial derivatives. What you are asking to show is:

(fgz)y = fygz

That's going to be difficult since the product rule gives;

(fgz)y = fygz+ fgzy

Hard to see where your error is if you don't show your work.

3. Feb 9, 2010

### mmmboh

$$\partial$$/$$\partial$$x $$\partial$$/$$\partial$$y $$\partial$$/$$\partial$$z

f$$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$x f$$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$y f$$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$z

$$\partial$$f/$$\partial$$x $$\partial$$/$$\partial$$y $$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$z

$$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$x $$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$y $$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$z

Those are my two determinants. I did the cross product, and since there are so many terms I will just write examples, for the first determinant my first term is ($$\partial$$/$$\partial$$y)(f$$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$z), and my first term for the second determinant is ($$\partial$$f/$$\partial$$y)($$\partial$$g/$$\partial$$z)

So unless what I did was wrong those would have to be equal

4. Feb 9, 2010

### LCKurtz

You need to expand that partial using the product rule, which will give you two terms. And where is the second term in the expansion of the determinant? You only have half of it.

And you only have half of that determinant too.

5. Feb 9, 2010

### mmmboh

Ok the first term in the expansion of the first determinant is (fgz)y-(fgy)z, and the first term in the expansion for the second determinant is fygz-gyfz.

When I expand the first expansion of the first determinant I get fygz+fgzy-fzgy-fgyz...ah and the zy are interchangeable and so you can cancel two terms out, giving you fygz-fzgy which equals the first expression of the second determinant! Thanks!

6. Feb 9, 2010

### LCKurtz

You're welcome.

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