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Why are some variables summed infinitesimally and others aren't?

This is something that has been bothering me and I hope the title kind of makes sense. It may be a stupid question but please be gentle. My question is, let's say we have current: $$I=\frac{dq}{dt}$$ ...
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Electric Field and Calculus: What is the physical significance of infinitesimal $dA$ in the equation of Gauss's Theorem?

In many equations we see infinitesimals $dA$, $dS$, $dx$ and so on. What is is the physical significance of these? Someone told me it signifies a small entity. For example,in case of $dA$ it signifies ...
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Electromagnetic field and continuous and differentiable vector fields

We have notions of derivative for a continuous and differentiable vector fields. The operations like curl,divergence etc. have well defined precise notions for these fields. We know electrostatic and ...
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Difficulty with the usage of Cauchy's integral formula in Griffiths QM book

On page 410 of Griffiths QM 2nd Ed. book, he begins an analysis to evaluate the integral: $$\frac{1}{2i}\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{s \sin{(sr)}}{(s-k)(s+k)}\mathrm{d}s.$$ To exploit Cauchy's formula, ...
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Integral ambiguity

I'm a bit confused with some notation I encounter in physics calculus. Consider this: Taken from here. Integration operates on functions, correct? What does it mean to integrate $\frac{d{\bf ...
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Does someone would know the results of this itegrals [migrated]

$\int_0^{2\pi } {f\left( x \right)sin\left( {mx} \right)} sin\left( {nx} \right)dx$ , $\int_0^{2\pi } {f\left( x \right)cos\left( {mx} \right)} sin\left( {nx} \right)dx$ , $\int_0^{2\pi } {f\left( ...
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What is the relationship of the curl of a vector with its conservativeness? [closed]

My Physics teacher told me that a conservative field has zero curl.But I am not getting the logic behind it...I am even not clear why the curl represents how much the vector field swirls around the ...
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Landau's derivation of a free particle's kinetic energy- expansion of a function?

I was reading a bit of Landau and Lifshitz's Mechanics the other day and ran into the following part, where the authors are about to derive the kinetic energy of a free particle. They use the fact ...
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Work to pump water through a hole in a trapezoidal prism

So I don't want to give the full details of the problem I'm working on, since I want to solve it myself. But I'm not sure which physical principles I'm supposed to use, since this is a Calc 2 ...
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Wrong calculation of work done on a spring, how is it wrong?

So I would have thought that this would be how you derive the work on a spring: basically the same way you do with gravity and other contexts, use $$W=\vec{F}\cdot \vec{x}.$$ If you displace a spring ...
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Finding the total space that an oscillating body has gone through via complex analysis

I was solving my homework and I got to an exercise that stated: An harmonic oscillating body has an equation of $$y(t) = A \sin(t)$$ Find the total space that the body has travelled during $t \in ...
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Inverse Fourier transform of Yukawa potential (troubles with Mathematica)

It can be proved that the potential $\frac{e^{-u|r|}}{|r|}$ has Fourier transform $\frac{4\pi}{u^2+q^2}$. Now, I'm trying to go backwards and do the inverse Fourier transform but I'm running into ...
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$R = dV/dI$ for varying temperature

I'm trying to do my prelab for an E&M course, and am asked if, for plotting $V$ vs $I$ with a varying temperature, I should expect a linear slope. I know that both $V$ and $I$ depend on $R$, and ...
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Based on note, how fast is a stringed instrument's string oscillating?

to be quite honest, I have no idea where to start on this problem mathematically. However, it struck my curiosity and would love to know how it works on a mathematical level. the problem You have a ...
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Integration of Forchheimer equation for unsteady-state permeability determination

I would like to know the steps for the integration of Equation 17 in Section 6.2.1.2 of American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practices 40 for Core Analysis to yield: ...
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Inconsistent integral and distance in spherical coordinates

I am currently studying this problem: 14 b) There you see an integral $$A(r) = \int f(\theta) (-\sin(\phi), \cos(\phi),0) d \Omega$$ where $f$ is the function containing all the rest of the integrand ...
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Book for multivariable calculus [duplicate]

Hi I want to start learning multi variable calculus specifically for learning electrodynamics. What are some good text books?
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Newton's original proof of gravitation for non-point-mass objects

Suppose we have two bodies, one very large (Earth), and one very small (a cannon ball). If the cannon ball is some distance away from the Earth, to find out the force produced on the cannot ball, we ...
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Heat transfer from hot water through a copper pipe to oil in a tank

I want to build a geyser attached to a pump with copper tubing running into an oil tank. This is done because the oil solidifies at a temperature below 15 degrees Celsius. I have done a few ...
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Applications of Calculus 2 to Physics [closed]

Im teaching a section of Calculus 2 (integration techniques, arc length, surface area, improper integrals, parametric & polar functions, sequences, and series ) next semester and would like to ...
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Average velocity = Arithmetic Mean

I am having trouble grasping how the average velocity of a particle between an initial position and final position equals to the arithmetic mean of the initial velocity and the final velocity when the ...
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Physical motivation for differentiation under the integral

I am thinking about the mathematical process of "differentiating underneath the integral", i.e. applying the theorem $$\partial_s \int_{-\infty}^\infty f(x,s)\,dx=\int_{-\infty}^\infty \partial_s ...
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How to calculate average velocity

The position of an object moving along X-axis is given as $X=a+bt^2$ where $a=8.5\,\mathrm m$, $b=2.5\,\mathrm {m/s^2}$ and $t$ is measured in seconds. What is it's velocity at $t=0$ and $t=2.0$ s? ...
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Stellar Power(Luminosity) Flux

So I was applying some mathematical techniques I learned to physics, and one thing that captured my interest, is the power or luminosity flux of a star. So modeling the situation, taking the scalar ...
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Electric Field due to a disk of charge. (Problem in derivation)

This might be a really silly question, but I don't understand it. In finding the electric field due to a thin disk of charge, we use the known result of the field due to a ring of charge and then ...
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Taylor series expansion of $\ln$ and $\cosh$ in distance fallen in time $t$ equation

I want to find the Taylor expansion of $y=\frac {V_t^2}{g} \ln(\cosh(\frac{gt}{V_t}))$ I have tried using the fact $\cosh x= \frac {e^x}{2}$ for large t, which works, I just need help on small values ...
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Infinite series of derivatives of position when starting from rest

Suppose you have an object with zero for the value of all the derivatives of position. In order to get the object moving you would need to increase the value of the velocity from zero to some finite ...
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Differentials in Spherical Shell - Maxwell Distribution

In explaining the Maxwell distribution of molecular speeds, my pchem textbook uses the following figure: We are basically trying to find the probability of having a particle with a speed $u$ between ...
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Ricci/Tensor Calculus and Matrix Calculus

What are the differences in the types of problems Ricci/Tensor Calculus and Matrix Calculus can solve? One formulation is generally used by the physics community and the other by statisticians and ...
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Movement with non-constant acceleration [duplicate]

Suppose we have a material point. If it is moving from position $X_0$ with initial velocity $V_0$ and constant acceleration $A$, then from elementary physics course I remember that its movement is ...
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Good math books for physicists [duplicate]

In his first lesson (transcripted in "Tips on Physics"), Feynman talks about math for physicists in a very cool and practical way. And at the end of the section he talks something like "so the first ...
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Is there any general position function $x(t)$ that gives the solution to $x''(t) = k/x(t)^2$, where k is a constant? [duplicate]

In physics class, I often come across various inverse square law equations like the following: $F_G= G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}$ $F_E = k_e\frac{q_1q_2}{r^2}$ Specifically, we are typically given ...
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If the net force on a current loop in a magnetic field is zero, why is torque independent of choice of origin?

Im trying to show that the integral over a closed loop of a crossproduct stays the same if I choose a different origin with $\overrightarrow{r}=\overrightarrow{r}\prime+\overrightarrow{r_0}$ and ...
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Name this Mulltivariable Calculus Theorem

In Robert Wald's book General Relativity a multivariable calculus theorem is cited on page 16, which states: If $F:\mathbb{R}^n\mapsto \mathbb{R}$ is $C^{\infty}$ then for each $a=(a^1,...,a^n) \in ...
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What's the proper interpretation of canceling infinitesimals? [duplicate]

In most textbooks of physics I've found this demonstration of work-kinetic energy theorem: $$\begin{align} W &= \int_{x_{1}}^{x_{2}} F(x)\ dx \tag{1}\\ &= \int_{x_{1}}^{x_{2}} m\cdot a\ dx ...
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Gauss' Law for Magnetism Derivative Form: With or without volume integral?

I've been reading through FLP Vol. II, and he has proven that as the flux through a closed surface is: $\ \int_{surface} \mathbf{F} \space \mathrm{d}\mathbf{a} $, according to the divergence theorem, ...
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Three integrals in Peskin's Textbook

Peskin's QFT textbook 1.page 14 $$\int_0 ^\infty \mathrm{d}p\ p \sin px \ e^{-it\sqrt{p^2 +m^2}}$$ when $x^2\gg t^2$, how do I apply the method of stationary phase to get the book's answer. ...
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How to calculate these integrals about propagator of QFT analytically?

How to get these three analytical solutions? Thanks very much! $$ G_{ret}(x,y) = \lim_{\epsilon \to 0} \frac{1}{(2 \pi)^4} \int d^4p \, \frac{e^{-ip(x-y)}}{(p_0+i\epsilon)^2 - \vec{p}^2 - m^2} = ...
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velocity function in slip effect

$$\frac{dp_l}{dx}-\mu_l\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial y^2}=0$$ where $\mu_l$ and $p_l$ is the liquid phase viscosity and pressure, respectively; and $u$ is the flow velocity. The boundary ...
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Convective Operators: Cartesian vs Spherical Coordinates

(This question may be more appropriate for Math Stack Exchange, but since physicists tend to be more well acquainted with vector calculus, I'm asking the question here). This question is about ...
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Divergence of $\frac{\hat{r}}{r^2}$

In David J. Griffiths's Introduction to Electrodynamics, the author gave the following problem in an exercise. Sketch the vector function $$ \vec{v} ~=~ \frac{\hat{r}}{r^2}, $$ and compute ...
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Galilean transformation of wave equation

I have this general wave equation: \begin{equation} \dfrac{\partial^2 \psi}{\partial x^2}+\dfrac{\partial^2 \psi}{\partial y^2}-\dfrac{1}{c^2}\dfrac{\partial^2 \psi}{\partial t^2}=0 \end{equation} ...
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Why does the pure shear term / strain deviator tensor have non-zero entries on the main diagonal?

In a textbook of mine an operation is performed, of which I think the goal is to get zeros on the main diagonal of a matrix (the matrix represents strain). But im not sure that is the goal and Im also ...
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g as a function of Theta

I slide an object down a ramp of a certain length, which is inclined at a certain angle $\theta$. It reaches the bottom in time $t$. Assuming that no forces act on the object other than gravity and ...
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Trying to turn a nonlinear differential equation into a linear one

The problem I have today is to determine the differential equation for a square fin protruding from a wall that experiences surface to ambient radiation and has an internal heat generation of $\dot q$ ...
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Error propagation estimations for sine and cosine

My lab manual gives this: $B$ is a function of $A$, Greek are uncertainties... $$B + \beta = \sin(A + \alpha) = \sin(A)\cdot\cos(\alpha) + \sin(\alpha)\cdot\cos(A)$$ --> because $\alpha$ is ...
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Understanding Calculus Notation in Physics

I have just started a first-year calculus-based physics course about electromagnetism and waves. I am having trouble understanding what calculus notation means in the context of physics. Here is a ...
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How to treat differentials and infinitesimals?

In my Calculus class, my math teacher said that differentials such as $dx$ are not numbers, and should not be treated as such. In my physics class, it seems like we treat differentials exactly like ...
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Which of these two different forms of spin-orbit interaction is correct?

I am seeing the spin-orbit interaction in two different ways: $\lambda [\mathbf{p} \times \nabla V]\cdot \sigma$ $\lambda [\nabla V \times \mathbf{p}]\cdot \sigma$ I don't see how these two ...
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The curl of a special cross product

When given two vectors $\mathbf{A}$ and $\mathbf{B}$, the curl of the cross product of these two is given by ...