vector fields

(50 minutes to learn)


A vector field is a function associating a vector with each point. Common examples include flow fields, force fields, and gradients of functions.


This concept has the prerequisites:


  • Understand what a vector field is
  • Know some common examples (gradients of functions, force fields, velocity fields)
  • Be able to visualize vector fields graphically

Core resources (read/watch one of the following)


MIT Open Courseware: Multivariable Caclulus (2010)
Video lectures for MIT's introductory multivariable calculus class.
Author: Denis Auroux


See also