Problem

Other Names:

DivergenceDivision

Nature:

In vector calculus, divergence is a vector operator that produces a scalar field, giving the quantity of a vector field's source at each point. More technically, the divergence represents the volume density of the outward flux of a vector field from an infinitesimal volume around a given point.

As an example, consider air as it is heated or cooled. The velocity of the air at each point defines a vector field. While air is heated in a region, it expands in all directions, and thus the velocity field points outward from that region. The divergence of the velocity field in that region would thus have a positive value. While the air is cooled and thus contracting, the divergence of the velocity has a negative value.

Broader Problems:

Relative motion*complexNarrower Problems:

Divisive roadsDivided cities

Related Problems:

DeviationExclusion

Disaccord

Separation

Nonuniformity

Nonconformity

Incompatibility

Indiscrimination

Problem Type:

B: Basic universal problems Subject(s):

Date of last update

01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET