# Definition of *Stokes' theorem* in English:

## Stokes' theorem

Syllabification: Stokes' the·o·rem*Mathematics*

- A theorem proposing that the surface integral of the curl of a function over any surface bounded by a closed path is equal to the line integral of a particular vector function around that path.More example sentences
- Perhaps the most famous example of this is Stokes' theorem in vector calculus, which allows us to convert line integrals into surface integrals and vice versa.
- With these three identities in mind, the above Stokes' theorem in the three instances is transformed into the gradient, curl, and divergence theorems respectively as follows.

### Origin

late 19th century: named after Sir G. Stokes (see Stokes' law).

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