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What meaning is divergence and curl?

  1. Aug 4, 2006 #1
    What does a divergence calculate?
    What meaning is it for a vector?
    And also what is curl?

    Why we have to definte divergence and curl?
     
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  3. Aug 8, 2006 #2
    What meaning is divergence and curl in physics?
     
  4. Aug 8, 2006 #3
    Do a search here. This has been discussed atleast a few times in the classical physics forum.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2006 #4

    Meir Achuz

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    In simple terms, the divergence of a vector field is its rate of increase in the direction of the vector. The curl is the rate of increase perpendiclar to the vector.
     
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