# Vector calculus

1. Dec 2, 2009

### mcfc

I'm unsure how to do this problem:

$(a + 2b)\nabla(\nabla \cdot \vec u) - b \nabla \times \nabla \times \vec u - (3a + 2b)c\nabla T(r)= \vec 0$
$\hat u = U_r \hat r + u_\theta \hat \theta +u_z \hat z$
a,b,c constants
how would I solve this for u?

2. Dec 2, 2009

### Atropos

i know that $$\nabla$$($$\nabla\bullet\vec{u}$$) - $$\nabla\times\nabla\times\vec{u}$$ = $$\nabla^{2}\vec{u}$$

Solve this equation for $$\nabla\times\nabla\times\vec{u}$$, then substitute into your equation, and simplify the resulting equation. The first term of your equation should reduce to (a+b)$$\nabla$$($$\nabla\bullet\vec{u}$$) +b$$\nabla^{2}\vec{u}$$ - (3a+2b)c$$\nabla$$T(r) = 0.