# Math Help - Vector Function

1. ## Vector Function

determine the values of $a,b,c$ such that the vector vield

$F = (2x +ay -3z)i +(4x-y-bz)j +(cx-3y+z)k$

is irrotational i.e. $\nabla \wedge F =0$

my attempt

$\nabla \wedge F = (-3+b) +(-3-c) +(4-a) = 0$

which is simplified to
$b-c+a =2$

what other formulas can i use to find $a,b,c$?

2. Originally Posted by iLikeMaths
determine the values of $a,b,c$ such that the vector vield

$F = (2x +ay -3z)i +(4x-y-bz)j +(cx-3y+z)k$

is irrotational i.e. $\nabla \wedge F =0$

my attempt

$\nabla \wedge F = (-3+b) +(-3-c) +(4-a) = 0$

which is simplified to
$b-c+a =2$

what other formulas can i use to find $a,b,c$?
Actually, what you want is $\nabla \times F =0$

so

$\nabla \times F = <-3+b,-3-c,4-a> \,= 0$ which gives $a = 4,\, b = 3,\, c=-3.$