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Laplacian

  

compute the Laplacian of a function or a vector field

 

Calling Sequence

Parameters

Description

Examples

Calling Sequence

Laplacian(f, c)

Laplacian(F)

Parameters

f

-

algebraic expression

c

-

(optional) specify the coordinate system

F

-

(optional) vector field or Vector-valued procedure; a vector field

Description

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The Laplacian(f) calling sequence computes the Laplacian of the function f in the current coordinate system.  If no coordinate system has been explicitly specified, the command will assume a cartesian system with coordinates the variables which appear in the expression f. This is equivalent to Del.Delf and Nabla.Nablaf.

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The Laplacian(f, c) calling sequence computes the Laplacian of the function f in the coordinate system specified by the parameter c, which can be given as:

  

* an indexed name, e.g., sphericalr,φ,θ

  

* a name, e.g., spherical; default coordinate names will be used

  

* a list of names, e.g., r,φ,θ; the current coordinate system will be used, with these as the coordinate names

• 

For more information on coordinate systems, see SetCoordinates.

  

The Laplacian(c) calling sequence returns the differential form of the Laplacian operator in the coordinate system specified by the parameter c.

  

The Laplacian() calling sequence returns the differential form of the Laplacian operator in the current coordinate system.  If no coordinate system has been set (by a call to SetCoordinates), cartesian coordinates are assumed.

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The Laplacian(F) calling sequence, where F is either a vector field or a Vector-valued procedure (which is interpreted as a vector field), computes the Laplacian of the vector field as follows.

  

*  If the coordinate system of F is cartesian, the command maps the algebraic Laplacian onto the component functions.

  

*  If F is a 3-D vector field, use the formula DelDel.FDel &x Del &x F.

  

*  Otherwise, map F to cartesian coordinates, apply the algebraic Laplacian to the component functions, and then map the result back to the original coordinate system of F.

Examples

withStudent[VectorCalculus]:

Laplacianx3+y3+z3

6x+6y+6z

(1)

Laplacianx3+ay3,x,y

6ay+6x

(2)

Laplacian

2x2SF x,y+2y2SF x,y

(3)

Laplacianfr,θ,polarr,θ

rfr,θ+r2r2fr,θ+2θ2fr,θrr

(4)

The Laplacian in cylindrical coordinates:

SetCoordinatescylindricalr,θ,z

cylindricalr,θ,z

(5)

Laplacianfr,θ,z

rfr,θ,z+r2r2fr,θ,z+2θ2fr,θ,zr+r2z2fr,θ,zr

(6)

Del.Delfr,θ,z

rfr,θ,z+r2r2fr,θ,z+2θ2fr,θ,zr+r2z2fr,θ,zr

(7)

Laplacian

rrrSF r,θ,z+θθSF r,θ,zr+zrzSF r,θ,zr

(8)

FVectorFieldr3,zθ,z

F:=r3e_r+zθe_θ+ze_z

(9)

simplifyLaplacianF

24r3θ2+zθ2r2e_rzθ22r2θ3e_θ14z3/2e_z

(10)

simplifyDelDel.FDel &x Del &x F

24r3θ2+zθ2r2e_rzθ22r2θ3e_θ14z3/2e_z

(11)

See Also

Student[VectorCalculus]

Student[VectorCalculus][CrossProduct]

Student[VectorCalculus][Curl]

Student[VectorCalculus][Del]

Student[VectorCalculus][Divergence]

Student[VectorCalculus][DotProduct]

Student[VectorCalculus][Nabla]

Student[VectorCalculus][SetCoordinates]

Student[VectorCalculus][VectorField]

 


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