Laplacian in Polar Coordinates

July 9 2016

Verify Laplace's Equation in Polar Coordinates

We verify the following equation is correct by expanding `u_(r r)`, `u_r`, and `u_(theta theta)` in the right side of the equation.

`u_(x x) + u_(y y) = u_(r r) + (1 / r) u_r + (1 / r^2) u_(theta theta)`

Derive Laplace's Equation in Polar Coordinates

Laplacian for general coordinates is defined with covariant derivative in Riemann geometry.

`Delta = g^(i j) grad_i grad_j`

This formula is transformed as follow.

`Delta = (1 / sqrt(g)) del_i sqrt(g) g^(i j) del_j`

In the following program, we calculate Laplacian using this formula.


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