Reading the intro chapters to my Griffiths electrodynamics, I ended up re-deriving the 1,2 and 3 parameter variations of Stokes Theorem (a quick derivation as previously done using Geometric Algebra [PDF], but without looking at my notes). To understand how to map from the algebraic representation to a geometric one for the 3 parameter volume element, I built the following nice little model:

This is like Fig 1.10 from the pdf notes linked above, but was a lot more fun to construct than the drawing.

Jacques2 years agoThis reminds me of a sculpture Maxwell built using Gibbs’ work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_thermodynamic_surface

peeterjoot2 years agoThat’s pretty neat. I presume he used clay as a medium and then cast it in plaster. I’ve got a bucket of modelling clay in the garage, but didn’t think of using it. It would have allowed for a much more intricate shape.