Understanding Vectors in Mathematics

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What is the total differential change $df$ defined as?

The sum of the partial derivatives of $f$ with respect to each independent variable, multiplied by the corresponding change in the variable

When finding the total differential change $df$, what does keeping 'the rest y small in change' mean?

Keeping all other independent variables except one constant while observing changes in that one independent variable

What does the expression $rac{ ext{d}f}{ ext{d}n}$ represent?

The partial derivative of $f$ with respect to the variable $n$

In the context of partial derivatives, what does 'two independent variables' imply?

Two variables that can vary independently of each other

What does 'partial derivative' mean when applied to a function with more than one independent variable?

The rate of change of one variable with respect to another, while keeping all other variables constant

Study Notes

Vectors and Objects

  • A vector is an object with both magnitude and direction, and can be represented as an arrow in space.
  • Vectors can be added and scaled, but they do not obey the usual rules of arithmetic.

Vector Notation

  • Vectors can be represented in Cartesian coordinates as xi + yj + zk, where xi, y, and zk are the components of the vector.
  • The Cartesian coordinate system is a three-dimensional coordinate system that allows us to locate points in space using three perpendicular lines.

Basis and Components

  • A basis is a set of vectors that can be used to represent any other vector in a vector space.
  • Any vector can be written in terms of a basis, and the coefficients of the basis vectors are called the components of the vector.
  • The components of a vector change when the basis changes, but the vector itself remains the same.

Position Vectors

  • A position vector specifies the location of a point in space relative to a fixed reference point.
  • Position vectors can be represented in Cartesian coordinates as xi + yj + zk, where xi, y, and zk are the coordinates of the point.

Polar Coordinates

  • Polar coordinates are a two-dimensional coordinate system that uses a radial distance and an angle to locate points in a plane.
  • In polar coordinates, a vector can be represented as r(cos(θ)i + sin(θ)j), where r is the radial distance and θ is the angle.
  • Polar coordinates can be useful for solving problems involving circular motion or other symmetries.

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