# Difference between revisions of "Substantive derivative"

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## Latest revision as of 12:45, 21 May 2010

The **substantive derivative** is a derivative taken along a path moving with velocity v, and is often used in fluid mechanics and classical mechanics. It describes the time rate of change of some quantity (such as heat or momentum) by following it, while moving with a – space and time dependent – velocity field. Note that the familiar now becomes .

The material derivative of a scalar field is:

where is the gradient of the scalar.

For a vector field it is defined as:

where is the covariant derivative of a vector.

In case of the material derivative of a vector field, the term can both be interpreted as , involving the tensor derivative of u, or as , leading to the same result.

## Alternative names[edit]

There are many other names for this operator, including:

**material derivative****convective derivative****advective derivative****substantive derivative****substantial derivative****Lagrangian derivative****Stokes derivative****particle derivative****hydrodynamic derivative****derivative following the motion****total derivative**

The notation varies likewise, with some authors retaining the usual *d* instead of *D*.