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Gauss's law… if the integral defining $\boldsymbol{E}$ diverges?

I have been told (here) that, under particular conditions, the electric field produced by a charge present in space $D$, defined by ...
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Why is the angular average of the direction of the momentum squared a third instead of one?

In the article http://www.nano.northwestern.edu/intranet/pubdocs/quasiclassical.pdf (in going from eq. (6.13) to eq. (6.14)) it is stated that ...
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Mathematical confusion in quantum mechanics

During a class about Ehrenfest theorem, my teacher use an equation to proceed its derivation (to prove $\frac{d<r>}{dt}=\frac{<p>}{m}$ ) and that is: ...
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Calculating force repulsive between a line segment and a point [closed]

As shown in the diagram below, let there be a line segment $L$ and a point $p$ such that they both repel each other electrically. Let $\vec{v} = \vec{p} - \vec{q}$ be the vector from $p$ to the point ...
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Book on gamma functions with applications in physics

I have heard that in my next semester, our quantum mechanics teacher will be giving a great emphasis on difficult integrals with the most of them having to do with gamma functions. Does anybody know ...
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Angular frequency integral to wavelength integral

I have this integral $$ \bar{\omega}^2 = \int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty}\omega^2|\tilde{F}(j\omega)|^2\frac{d\omega}{2\pi} $$ and I want to convert it to wavelength domain $\lambda $. I know that the ...
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An impossible relationship between variables

This book chapter defines $CV$ as follows: $$ CV^2 = 2\pi\nu^2\int^\frac{V_{th}-V_{ss}}{\sigma_V}_\frac{V_{r}-V_{ss}}{\sigma_V}dxe^{x^2}\int^x_{-\inf}dye^{y^2}(1 + erf(y)) $$ However, Figure 15.2 in ...
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Solving for the firing rate of a model neuron

I'm trying to decipher Figure 15.2A on page 442 of this book chapter. It plots the firing rate $\nu$ of a model neuron against its mean current $\mu_c$. The equation used to calculate the firing ...
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How to approach proofs in Electricity and Magnitism that involve integrals?

I have read through both Franklin and Jackson's Electromagnetism books and I am able to understand the different proofs involving integrals but when I try to re-derive them on my own later I am always ...
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Using the dipole moment to calculate the electric potential

I have the following defintion of dipole moment given: $$ \vec{p} := \int\vec{r}'\rho(\vec{r}')dV $$ Where $\rho$ is a charge density function and $\vec{r}'$ traces out the body of charge. I am ...
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Why don't both equivalent forms of this delta function give the correct answer?

I am a bit confused on a basic problem involving a Dirac delta function being integrated over in a multiple integral. The original problem is to find the probability distribution in position-momentum ...
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Formula relating sum of values of a function to its integral

I came across the above formula in some quantum mechanics lecture notes explaining the Casimir effect. Anyone seen it before if so could you please tell me its 'name'. B refers to the Bernoulli ...
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Where is error in this method of finding volume of sphere using integration? [closed]

Where is error in this method of finding volume of sphere using integration?
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Why is the $dx$ right next to the integral sign in QFT literature?

I've noticed that in QFT literature, integrals are usually written as $\int \!dx ~f(x)$ instead of $\int f(x) dx$. Why?
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Integral over a surface in kinetic theory [closed]

I am working with some kinetic theory. I have the distribution function $\Psi (\vec{r},\vec{p},t)$, Where $\vec{r}$ is the radius vector, $\vec{p}$ is the unit vector of orientation, and $t$ is the ...
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Convert an equation for acceleration into one for velocity

A sledge is pushed in a straight line. Assume surface is smooth. When the sledge is x distance away from the start the magnitude of its acceleration is given by $0.08e^{-4x}$ and is going in the same ...
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How to arrive on the diffraction pattern for the double slit experiment using path integrals for the Gaussian slit case?

I wish to take the path integral route to derive the diffraction pattern for the double slit experiment using the Gaussian slits as the nature of the slits. The kernel looks like: \begin{equation} ...
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MEMS Accelometer and Gyroscope data fusion for counting cycles

I will simplify my scenario as follows: a 6-DOF MEMS gyroscope and accelerometer unit is placed on the edge of a rotating wheel and the goal is to count the number of cycles using any of the units of ...
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Problem with the Cooley-Numerov Method for Solving the Radial Nuclear Schodinger Equation in the Born-Oppenheimer Approximation

I have been trying to implement a solver for the radial nuclear Schodinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation using a similar method to R. J. Le Roy's LEVEL program[1]. I have as input a ...
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Calculating initial velocity to achieve orbital motion using verlet integration

I'm attempting to build a simple computer programme which models bodies orbiting other bodies. I've implemented a Verlet integrator (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verlet_integration) and I can ...
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Composing integrals in physics?

OK... so this problem isn't really specific... it's more of a conceptual puzzle. I've recently started using integrals while solving problems in physics (specifically Newtonian Mechanics and other ...
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Elementary question about distributive property of variation operator on an exterior product

I am trying to work out the equations of motion of a 11-dimensional supergravity action $$S = \frac{1}{2\kappa^2}\left(\gamma\int d^{11}x\sqrt{|g|}\mathcal{R} - \frac{\alpha}{2}\int G \wedge \star G ...
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Already integrated formula of magnetic field for a finite line?

I was looking for a formula to simulate a magnetic field due to a straight finite line. The closest to what I wanted to find was in these lecture notes (formula 9.11.2 page 9-50), \begin{align} ...
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Understanding speed distributions: Average speed, RMS speed from a graph?

So taking a look at this graph.... ![http://i.imgur.com/XUwpnSK.png][1] I want to express $A$ in terms of $N$ (total # of particles) and $V_0$. So I've found the piecewise function for $f(v)$ and ...
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Can you express the Feynman propagator as a limit?

At first I thought that the Feynman propagator was the limit of: $$ G(x) = \frac{1}{x^2 + i \varepsilon} $$ But if you apply the wave equation to this you get: $$ \Box G(x) = ...
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Electic potential due to finite rectangular plate

I am trying to find the potential at any point (x,y,z) due to a rectangular plate with a constant surface charge density. Let's assume the plate is centered on the X-Y plane and extends from -n to n ...
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Importance sampling for Coulomb potential

The integral I have to solve is: $$I=\int\int d \mathbf{r}d \mathbf{r}' \frac{\Phi(\mathbf{r})\Phi(\mathbf{r}')}{|\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{r}'|}$$ It is a six-dimensional integral which I am going to ...
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Integration by parts to derive $d\langle x \rangle / dt$

I am reading "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" by David Griffiths and I am having trouble understanding part of a derivation of $\frac{d\langle x\rangle }{dt}$ in section 1.5 - Momentum - of the ...
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Off-axial Field of Finite Solenoid

Regarding the computation of the off-axial field of a finite solenoid: The Radial and Z components of the off-axial magnetic field of a solenoid are given as: \begin{align} B_r &= \frac{\mu ...
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Property of the wave functions of a free particle

How can I show that the following holds? $$\langle nlm\mid \partial_z^2\mid nlm\rangle=-\int_0^{4\pi}d\Omega\int_0^{\infty}drr^2\left|\partial_z\psi_{nlm}\right|^2$$ The wave functions of a free ...
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Why doesn't $\vec{E} =\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\frac{\rho \hat{r}\;dxdydz}{r^2}$ blow up at $r=0$, when $\rho$ is finite?

Electric field at $(x,y,z)$ produced by a continuous distribution of charges is given by:$$\mathbf{E}(x,y,z) =\dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\dfrac{\rho(x',y',z') \mathbf{\hat{r}} ...
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An integral involving the Bose-Einstein distribution

I'm trying to reproduce the following calculation from the book by Fetter and Walecka (eq. 55.37 and following ones), which represents the temperature dependance of the non-condensate part of a ...
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Change of variables for integral operator

One can write the operator $L=(\sqrt{1-i\partial_x^2}-1)$, as an integral, that is $$(\sqrt{1-i\partial_x^2}-1)B(x,t)=\frac{i}{4\pi^2} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}(\omega(k_o+\kappa)-\omega(k_o))e^{i ...
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Static De Sitter Metric

For static dS metric we have $$x_{0}=\sqrt{H^{-2}-r^{2}}\sinh(Ht)$$$$x_{1}=\sqrt{H^{-2}-r^{2}}\cosh(Ht)$$ and the metric can be written as $$ds^{2}=-dx_{0}^{2}+dx^{2}_{1}+d\bar x$$ where the barred ...
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Non-trivial integral with the Bose-Einstein distribution and Cosine function

When I consider the Casimir interaction between an atom and a perfect conducting slab I find the following non-trivial integral: $$\int\limits_0^\infty {\frac{{\cos \left( mx \right)}}{{x + ...
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Basic question about acceleration [duplicate]

Very basic question. Please show where I'm wrong in the following reasoning. The movement of an object in function of time could be described as $$ x(t) = v t + x_{i} $$ if velocity is constant. If ...
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Where does this relativistic relation involving the delta function come from?

\begin{equation} \int\delta(E^2-\mathbf{p}^2-m^2)dE=\frac{1}{2E_\mathbf{p}} \end{equation} Shouldn't integrating the delta function like this just give 1?
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What does this equation mean? [closed]

So I have just entered 11th grade and started limits on my own but my Physics textbook has an equation which I don't understand, I suspect it uses integration which I haven't learned yet. So can ...
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Derivation of $v=u+at$ [closed]

I read the derivation of $v=u+at$ using integration. The steps are as follows - $$\frac{dv}{dt}=a dt$$ $$dv=adt$$ $$\int dv=\int a dt$$ $$\int dv=a\int dt$$ $$v=at+c$$ My questions are as follows - ...
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Elementary question about endpoint singularities

In George Sterman's book "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", on pages 413-414, there is a description of the endpoint singularity. One begins with the function $$ I(w) ~=~ ...
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Details of the radial Fourier transform pertaining to certain quantum integrals

Consider the integral $$U(t)=\int\frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3}e^{-ip^2t/2m}e^{i\vec p\cdot\Delta\vec x}$$ for the free non-relativistic propagator. I'm not quite sure about the gritty details of radial ...
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Integrating Charged Bodies

Why is it possible to integrate charged bodies by first taking a small charge and adding more small charges around it? Wouldn't the similarly charged particles exert an immense amount of force on ...
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Computing distance traveled from jerk

When dealing with higher time derivatives like jerk, how does one find the distance traveled? Can it be calculated by just knowing time?
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Ehrenfest's Theorem “contradiction”?

Ehrenfest tells us that for $\hat{p}$ $$\partial_t \langle p \rangle = \langle -\partial_x V \rangle$$ I also understand the basic steps in deriving this result directly by taking the time ...
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Simplifying a Vector Integral

This question has (long) remained unanswered on MSE. While reading the book - Theory and Applications of Boltzmann Transport Equation by Cercignani, I found this integral which I am unable to ...
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Computational physics using mathematica [closed]

So I was confused about this question on how to exactly begin to answer it. I am a novice in mathematica and I am teaching myself thus I require help in this question. From what I think I should do, ...
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Limits of Integration Trig, Mag Field Infinite Length Wire

I don't understand how the limits of integration should be defined when doing basic integrals of trig functions. It seems like it's an arbitrary decision, I don't understand it. Here's the set up: ...
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Confusion regarding area from graph

This might be a trivial question but is illustrated below. Why is the area 'below' the graph always taken for a velocity-time graph when finding the displacement? I mean why is the area with the time ...
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Why am I getting that work it's always the same in both directions?

I'm studying electrostatic and I'm getting pretty frustrated because with the definition of work I'm getting that it's always positive and it doesn't make any sense. So here I have 2 positive ...
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How to derive (the dimensionless coefficient in front of) the moment of inertia for common shapes?

Is there a way to derive (the dimensionless coefficient in front of) the moment of inertia for common shapes? I assume it has to do with the density of the shape, but I'm having trouble seeing it. ...