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Differential operators

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  • Subject: [mg2166] Differential operators
  • From: sherod at boussinesq.Colorado.EDU (Scott Herod)
  • Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 01:58:52 -0400
  • Organization: University of Colorado at Boulder

I was trying to write a small piece of code to play with computing
commutators of vector fields.  I wanted something like

vector = x D[#, x] + y D[#, y] &;

etc.  Unfortunately I noticed the following annoying behavior.

Mathematica 2.2 for Solaris
Copyright 1988-93 Wolfram Research, Inc.
License valid through 28 Nov 1995.
 -- Open Look graphics initialized -- 

In[1]:= vector = D[#, x] &

Out[1]= D[#1, x] & 

In[2]:= Simplify[vector]

Out[2]= 0 & 

In[3]:= vector = Dt[#, x] &

Out[3]= Dt[#1, x] & 

In[4]:= Simplify[vector]

Out[4]= 0 & 


I know that I could write my own derivative operator but it would be nice
to use the built in version.  Suggestions?  Notice that vector does work

In[5]:= vector

Out[5]= Dt[#1, x] & 

In[6]:= vector[f]

Out[6]= Dt[f, x]

Scott A. Herod
Applied Mathematics
Unversity of Colorado, Boulder
(sherod at

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