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Topic: Jacobian Determinant in Mathematica 5.2
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Paul Abbott

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Re: Jacobian Determinant in Mathematica 5.2
Posted: Mar 5, 2007 10:08 PM
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In article <>,
"logan" <> wrote:

> I was seeking information on how to go about computing the Jacobian
> determinant in Mathematica 5.2:
> T (x,y,z) >> (x(u,v,w),y(u,v,w),z(u,v,w))
> in other words the:
> |(dxdydz)/(dudvdw)|

The Jacobian can be computed using D (see the documentation for D).

For example, entering

D[ {r Cos[t], r Sin[t]}, {{r, t}} ]

yields the matrix

Cos[t] -r Sin[t]

Sin[t] r Cos[t]

> I know how to compute it by hand but I am dealing with a troublesome
> function and needed Mathematica to check my work, but I don't know
> exact syntax for such a function or how to enter the matrix in one
> whole line.
> For those, so inclined, here is the function:
> T: R3 > R3, T(u,v,w) = (u*cos(v)*cos(w), u*sin(v)*cos(w), u*sin(w))

Det[D[{u Cos[v] Cos[w], u Cos[w] Sin[v], u Sin[w]}, {{u, v, w}}]] //

u^2 Cos[w]

Note that the Mathematica newsgroup, comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica is a
good place to ask questions about Mathematica.


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