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Re: How to plot divergence of gradient as contour

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  • Subject: [mg124040] Re: How to plot divergence of gradient as contour
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2012 05:16:20 -0500 (EST)
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So this proposed solution looks weird to me from a mathematical 
perspective.  In the definitions of grad and div, there's no 'x' or 'y' 
on the left of the SetDelayed ( := ), yet both 'x' and 'y' appear on the 
right.

The difficulty here is that the 'f' on the left is not a function (in 
the mathematical sense) per se, but rather an "expression in x and y".

Surely there should be an easy way to represent in Mathematica grad and, 
more generally, other differential (and more general) operators upon 
functions, so that the result of something like grad[f] would be another 
function.

Here's a start:

   grad[phi_[x_, y_]] :=
     {Derivative[1, 0][phi[x, y]], Derivative[0, 1][phi[x, y]]}

   psi[x_, y_] := Sin[x + y]

   grad[psi]
{Cos[#1 + #2] &, Cos[#1 + #2] &}


On 1/6/12 4:17 AM, Alexei Boulbitch wrote:
> Hi, Szymon,
>
> In principle there is a special package, VectorAnalysis for that, but in this case it may be faster to make it "by hands". If I understand you right, you would like to make 2D vector operations. Let us first define the 2D gradient and divergence:
>
> grad[f_] := {D[f, x], D[ f, y]};
>
> div[{f_, g_}] := D[f, x] + D[ g, y];
>
> and now define your function and plot. Try this:
>
> f = div[grad[Sin[x + y]]];
>
> ContourPlot[f, {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5}]
>
> Hope this helps. Have fun. Alexei
>
> Hello there,
>
> I am concerning to plot something like that.
>
> ContourPlot[Divergence[Gradient[Sin[x + y]]], {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5}]
>
> Plotting divergence of gradient scalar field.
>
> How can I manage to do that?
>
> Best regards,
>
> Szymon Roziewski
>
> Alexei BOULBITCH, Dr., habil.
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