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**alexandrabel90** im confused over the property of line integrals..

i was reading an example in my book and for one question, it states that since the vector field is a gradient, the integral does not depend on the given parametrisation C in the question. instead we can just integrate over the line segment that connects the 2end points tgt.

while another example said, although the vector field is not a gradient, part of it is a gradient. since we are integrating over a closed curve, the contribution of the gradient is 0.

from the second para, if the contribution of the grad =0, then wont the answer for the first para be 0 since it is a grad? Mr F says: Is the curve **closed** in the first example you mention ....?

can someone explain to me the properties or meaning of grad in line integrals and when can they be used?

thanks...