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Homework Help: Vector Fields in Cartesian and Cylindrical Coordinates, The Curl

  1. Mar 21, 2012 #1
    All necessary information is attached except the answer in Cartesian coordinates, which is -ix-jy+2kz and my work converting back from cylindrical to Cartesian, which I used WolframAlpha for, as the trig is a mess (that is, if the way I am doing this is correct).

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%28icos%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29%2Bjsin%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29%29%28-sqrt%28x^2%2By^2%29%28cos^2%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29-sin^2%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29%29%29%2B%28-isin%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29%2Bjcos%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29%29%282z%28cos^2%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29-sin^2%28tan^-1%28y%2Fx%29%29%29%29&a=i_Variable

    WolframAlpha, however, just gave me this mess back. Would appreciate if someone would let me know if the way I'm going about this is correct. I have a strong feeling the matrix I'm using for reconversion is off.

    Edit: I already posted this in the physics section, but I got no replies, because it is probably more appropriate to place here. See the attachment on the original thread at https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=588902
     
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