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Divergence and curl: The language of Maxwell's equations, fluid flow, and more

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Visualizing two core operations in calculus. (Small error correction below)
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Timestamps
0:00 - Vector fields
2:15 - What is divergence
4:31 - What is curl
5:47 - Maxwell's equations
7:36 - Dynamic systems
10:37 - Explaining the notation
13:28 - No more sponsor messages
Correction at 4:55, the narration should say "counterclockwise rotation gives positive curl, clockwise rotation gives negative curl". The diagram is correct, though.
For more fun fluid-flow illustrations, which heavily influenced how I animated this video, I think you'll really enjoy this site:
https://anvaka.github.io/fieldplay/
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