I'm currently reviewing my multivariable calculus and vector analysis for re-exams in August. This is a problem that has been showing up more than once and back before I thought I got it but now I realize I can not calculate this example simply because I don't know what to do.
(nablaf(r)) * r, where r = |r| and r = xi+yi+zj.
Bold is vector
* = dot
Attempt at solution
I know that nabla = (d/dx,d/dy,d/dz) and appying this to f(r) won't work (is my assumption). Thus I assume that nabla = d/dr in this case.
so nablaf(r) = ( d/dr f(r), d/dr f(r) , d/dr f(r) ) = f'(r)(d/dr,d/dr,d/dr)
That is pretty much as far as I get because I don't know what to do. Applying div,grad or curl to any fuction that is simply f(x,y,z) is something i know very well, but this has me baffeld.
I would appreciate any help that I can get on this.