# Visualization of Curl

This is a great visualization and explanation, of the curl of a vector field:

http://mathinsight.org/curl_idea

If you interpret a vector field as the flow of a fluid, then you can interpret the curl as a measure of the tendency to rotate at a given point.

One way to think of this is to imagine a tiny sphere, or paddle-wheel, fixed at a point in space, and then consider how that object would rotate if subjected to the flow of fluid as given by the vector field.

This write-up and series of animations from MathInsight.org are very useful in attaching some intuition to this complex idea.

## 1 Comment

## New Math Done Right · May 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks for pointing out this page. I would not have known of it otherwise. The book by Purcell on EM has had a great effect on teaching EM and has similar pictures.