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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.
Track 1: Grad, Div and Curl
A short introduction to this album.
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Tracks in this podcast:
|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|
Originally published: Tuesday, 13th April 2010
- Body text - Content: Copyright The Open University
- Audio/Video tracks: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Open University 2009
- Image 'Grad, Div and Curl' - Copyright: The Open University 2009
- Image 'Real functions and graphs' - Copyright: Used with permission
- Image 'Maths for science and technology' - Copyright: Used with permission
- Image 'Squares, roots and powers' - Copyright: Used with permission
- Image 'A sign reading 'No space for corruption in Rwanda'' - Adam Jones PhD under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
- Image 'Working with charts, graphs and tables' - Copyright: Used with permission
- Image 'Professor Hans Rosling at desk' - Copyright: Wingspan Productions
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