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Multi-Dimensional Spaces

depending on a single

parameter

Differentials are a powerful mathematical tool

They require, however, precise introduction

exact

differentials

In particular we have to distinguish between

inexact

Remember some important mathematical background

Point (in D-dimensional space)

Line: parametric representation

D functions

Scalar field: a single function of D coordinates

For example: the electrostatic potential of a charge or the gravitational potential

of the mass M (earth for instance)

r

y

x

Vector field: specified by the D components of a vector.

Each component is a function of D coordinates

Well-known vector fields in D=3

Graphical example in D=3

Force F(r) in a gravitational field

Electric field: E(r)

Magnetic field: B(r)

3 component entity

Each point in space

scalar product

If the line has the parameter representation:

i=1,2,…,D

for

The line integral can be evaluated like an ordinary 1-dimensional definite Integral

x

z

t

Let’s explore an example:

Consider the electric field created by a changing magnetic field

where

y

y

y

Line of integration

R

0

x

x

f

x

Parameter representation of the line:

Counter clockwise walk along the semicircle of radius R

y

x

1

Note: Result is independent

of the parameterization

Line of integration

Let’s also calculate the integral around the full circle:

Parameter representation of the line:

R

x

Faraday’s law of electrodynamics

Have a closer look to

or

Differential form

Meaning of an equation that relates one differential form to another

Equation valid for all lines

Must be true for all sets of coordinate differentials

Example:

Particular set of differentials

Relationships valid for vector fields are

also valid for differentials

Exact and Inexact Differentials another

y

x

z

t

is an exact differential

A differential form

if for all i and j it is true that

.

An equivalent condition reads:

also written as

Let’s do these Exactness tests in the case of our example

Is the differential form

exact

Example from thermodynamics another

Exactness of

Transfer of notation:

T , V are the coordinates of the space

1

Functions corresponding to the vector components:

Check of the cross-derivatives

2

=

exact

Differential of a function another

and

Independent of the path

between

Scalar field: a single function of D coordinates

or in compact notation

where

Differentials of functions are exact

Proof:

x2

Or alternatively:

x1

Line integral of a differential of a function

We are familiar with this property from varies branches of physics:

Conservative forces:

Remember: A force which is given by the negative gradient

of a scalar potential is known to be conservative

Gravitational force derived from

Example:

Pot. energy

depends

on h, not how

to get there.

h

Exact differential theorem physics:

for all closed contours

and

Independent of the line connecting

x2

x1

The following 4 statements imply each other

dA is the differential of a function

1

dA is exact

2

3

4

How to find the physics:function underlying an exact differential

Consider:

Since dA exact

Aim:

Find A(x,y) by integration

Comparison

constant

Unknown function depending on y only

Apart from

one const.

A(x,y)

Unknown function depending on x only

constant

Inexact Differentials of Thermodynamics physics:

are

Values of W,Q and

We know:

Equilibrium processes can be represented by lines in state space

Consider infinitesimal short sub-process

Quantities of infinitesimal short sub-processes

With first law

for all lines L

Since U is a state function we can express

U=U(T,V)

dU differential form of a function

dU exact

inexact

However:

inexact physics:

How can we see that

Compare with the general differential form

for coordinates P and V

and

inexact

=

Line dependence of W and line independence of U

Example:

P0

Work:

isothermal

Pf

Vf

V0

Coordinates on common isotherm physics:

=

P

V

P0

Pf

Vf

V0

Internal energy:

Isothermal process from

1

U=U(T)

Ideal gas

1

2

2

Across constant volume and constant pressure path

T physics:0= Tf

is inexact

How can we see that

-R

+R

Consider U=U(P,V)

where P and V are the coordinates

with

Since

inexact

inexact

Alternatively inspection of

exact

inexact

Coordinate transformations physics:

Example:

Changing coordinates of state space from (P,V)

(T,P)

V=V(T,P)

If U=U(T,P)

With

+

Let’s collect terms of common differentials physics:

Remember: Enthalpy

H=U+PV

with

Similar for changing coordinates of state space from (P,V)

(T,V)

Heat capacities expressed in terms of differentials physics:

From

P=const.

and

V=const.

are alternate notation for the components

Note:

and

(of the above vector fields which correspond to the differential forms)

and

Do not confuse with partial derivatives, since there is no functionQ(T,P)

.

is inexact

whose differential is

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