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Corollaries for Stokes' Theorem
COROLLARY 1 If f(x, y, z) has continuous second partials, then the line integral of grad f around the boundary of any oriented surface is zero, (See Figure 13.6.3.) Figure 13.6.3 PROOF curl(grad f) = 0, so COROLLARY 2 The surface integral of curl F over an oriented surface depends only on the boundary of the surface. That is, if ∂S_{1} = ∂S_{2} then (See Figure 13.6.4.) Figure 13.6.4 PROOF By Stokes' Theorem, both surface integrals are equal to the line integral For fluid flows, Stokes' Theorem states that the circulation of fluid around the boundary of an oriented surface S is equal to the surface integral of the curl over S. We shall not prove Stokes' Theorem, but will illustrate it in the following examples.


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