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Grad, Div and Curl: Track 1

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Have you ever wondered what causes cyclones, and why it's always calm in the centre of the storm? Well, vector calculus holds the key. The tracks on this album introduce you to the scalar and vector fields of gradient, divergence and curl. This material makes up part of the course MST209, Mathematical methods and models.

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Track 1: Grad, Div and Curl

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Grad, Div and Curl    A short introduction to this album. Play now Grad, Div and Curl
2 Grad    Introduction to this gradient vector. What is meant by 'steepness of a path' on a hillside. Play now Grad
3 Div    Introduction to the divergence div. Heat flow and temperature distribution inside a modern nuclear reactor. Play now Div
4 Curl    Introduction to this vector operation through the context of modelling water flow in a river. How curl helps in predicting storms. Play now Curl