1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data n/a 2. Relevant equations ∇ x F = 0 ∂Q/∂x = ∂P/∂y 3. The attempt at a solution n/a Given that no sketch of the vector field is given; Is determining the curl of a vector field the most fail proof of determining whether it is conservative? I'm just wondering whether or not determining ∂Q/∂x = ∂P/∂y is just as fail proof (Given that: F=Pi + Qj + Rk) because it seems like a faster method within the boundary of this course.