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Grad in VectorAnalysis`

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  • Subject: [mg103822] Grad in VectorAnalysis`
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 07:49:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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   SetCoordinates[Cartesian[x, y, z]]

   f[x_, y_] = x/(1 - x^2 - y^2)

... why does the following not actually return the formula for gradient...

   Grad[f[x, y, z]]  (* or even Grad[Evaluate[f[x,y,z]]]

... whereas the following does return it:

   Grad[x/(1 - x^2 - y^2)]

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