Curl
This definition page has been automatically generated. You can help ExoDictionary by expanding, updating, or correcting it. |
This autostub has not yet had its initial copyediting proof and may contain significant formatting and even factual errors. You can improve Exodictionary by cleaning up the page markup and verifying that the definition is correct and then removing this tag. |
This autostub has not yet had its initial categorization proof and may be categorized incorrectly. You can improve Exodictionary by removing inappropriate categories and then removing this tag. |
Curl
A vector
operation upon a vector field which represents the rotation of the field,
related to the circulation of the field at each point. The curl is invariant
with respect to coordinate transformations and is usually written "curl F" of
" Missing Image:IMG src="c_files/del.gif" * F" where Missing Image:IMG src="c_files/del.gif" is the
del-operator. In Cartesian coordinates, if F has the components F_{x},
F_{y}, F_{z} the curl is
in other coordinate systems may be found in any text on vector analysis.
The curl of a two-dimensional vector field is always in a field of
solid rotation it is equal to twice the angular velocity. Occasionally the
vorticity is defined as one-half the curl.
The curl of a two dimensional
vector field is always normal to the vectors of the field; this is not
necessarily true in three dimensions. Compare divergence.
References
This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use