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How to define a vector field over a chart?

asked 2023-11-26 12:04:46 +0100

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updated 2023-11-26 15:46:27 +0100

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Hello, I have the following code in sage:

E.<x,y,z> = EuclideanSpace()
CA = E.cartesian_coordinates(); CA
BP.<r, θ, ϕ> = E.chart()
BP_to_CA = BP.transition_map(CA, [r * sin(θ) * cos(ϕ), r * sin(θ) * sin(ϕ), r * cos(θ)])
g = E.metric()

show( g.display() )
show( g.display_comp())

f = E.scalar_field({BP: function('F')(r, θ, ϕ)}, name='f')

The transition map here is for spherical coordinates, I want to use it for other coordiante systems, so I don't want to use the spherical coordinates in sagemath. So I can define a scalar field and use gradient / laplacian-functions. Works fine. In order to calculate divergence and curl, I need to define a vector field. How can I do this? Thank's for your effort

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answered 2023-11-26 16:02:14 +0100

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updated 2023-11-26 16:29:26 +0100

You can define a vector field by providing its components in the default frame like this:

v = E.vector_field((function('v_r')(r, θ, ϕ), 
                    function('v_θ')(r, θ, ϕ), 
                    function('v_ϕ')(r, θ, ϕ)),

and then compute its divergence and curl via




See and for more details.

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Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately this doesn't work. I get the error message "no starting chart could be found to compute the expression in the Chart (E^3, (x, y, z))"

pfeifhns gravatar imagepfeifhns ( 2023-11-26 17:13:03 +0100 )edit

It works for me with SageMath 10.1. Which version of SageMath are you using? What is your operating system?

eric_g gravatar imageeric_g ( 2023-11-26 18:48:18 +0100 )edit

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