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## Vector calculus
We consider vector fields, which associate a vector to every point in space, and scalar fields, which associate a scalar to every point in space. For example, the temperature of a swimming pool is a scalar field: to each point we associate a scalar value of temperature. The water flow in the same pool is a vector field: to each point we associate a velocity vector. Three operations are important in vector calculus: - gradient: measures the rate and direction of change in a scalar field; the gradient of a scalar field is a vector field.
- curl: measures a vector field's tendency to rotate about a point; the curl of a vector field is another vector field.
- divergence: measures a vector field's tendency to originate from or converge upon certain points; the divergence of a vector field is a scalar field.
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