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Why we don't integrate intital velocity in body cast equation?

On this site I've found a formula for calculating the $x, y$ coordinates for a body throwed by an angle to a horizon. It looks like this: $$x(t) = V_0 t \cos(\alpha); $$ $$y(t) = V_0 t ...
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Do logarithms appear inside the divergent UV integrals? If so why? [closed]

Do logarithms appear inside the UV divergent integrals of $q\cdot f\cdot t$? I mean expressions of the form of $ \int_{V}d^{r}f(p)log(p^{2}+m^{2}) $ In this case, can we approximate it by $ log(p)= ...
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Relation between electric field and dipole moment

I want to show the following equality $$\int_{\left|\vec{r}\right|<R}d^3r\vec{E}\left(\vec{r}\right)=-\frac{\vec{p}}{3\epsilon_0}$$ where $\vec{p}$ is the dipole moment of a charge distribution ...
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Electric Field of a circular arc at a point

Given that the circular arc wire with radius 'r' has a linear charge density λ. What is the Electric field at the origin? I took a small segment dy, which is 'θ' above the x-axis with charge ...
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In statistical mechanics, what does integrating with respect to the position of a molecule mean?

So, this is probably a dumb question, but I cannot visualize or make sense of integrating over the position of a molecule in space. Okay, so an example in my thermodynamics textbook: we have N = 5 ...
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Why and when do we differentiate or integrate equations in physics? [closed]

I'm an engineering student and none of my professors ever explained why do we use derivations and/or integrations in physics. So I have this task, it goes like: The object is moving in a positive ...
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Definition of torque for a continuous body

I am working on basic physics definitions. Given a particle at position $r$ (in some coorinate reference system) upon which acts a force $F$, the $torque$ $\tau$ is defined by \begin{equation} ...
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Electron's self-energy in QED in arbitrary gauge

Recently I've tried to evaluate electron's self-energy in QED in the second order of perturbation theory by using dimensional regularization. Corresponding 1PI-diagram leads to $$ \Sigma_{1loop} = ...
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Switching from sum to integral

I'm specifically asking about an equation in An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Peskin and Schroeder. Example from page 374: $$\mathrm{Tr} \log (\partial^2+m^2) = \sum_k \log(-k^2+m^2)$$ ...
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Is a double integral required to find the moment of Inertia of a non-uniform sphere?

Consider some ball of given radius $R$, with a mass density function that depends on the radial variable, $\rho=\rho(r)$ where $r$ is the distance from the center of the sphere. What is the moment ...
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Change to relative coordinates [closed]

I am looking at a weakly interacting bose gas and I am stuck on this integral: $$\frac{1}{V^2} \int_V d^3r_1 \int_V d^3 r_2 W(|\vec{r_1}-\vec{r_1}|)\, \exp{\frac{i}{\hbar}r_1(\textbf{p}_1 - ...
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Set of orthotogonal complex functions [closed]

Show that the functions $e^{in\pi x/l}$, n = 0, ±1, ±2, ..., are a set of orthogonal functions on $(-l, l)$ using: $A(x)$ and $B(x)$ are orthogonal on $(a,b)$ if $$\int^b_a A^*(x)B(x)dx = 0$$ ...
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Difficulty evaluating a complex integral on Griffiths

This actually a question from Griffiths QM. (Q2.21) I have difficulty understanding integrals involving imaginary components. In this example, it looks like the first term (encircled in red) explodes ...
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How is taking the average of an integral over an interval justified?

I have been studying classical mechanics. Often when going through a worked problem, I see a step where there is an integral from 0 to 2$\pi$ of $\sin^{2} \theta \ d\theta$. Instead of using the ...
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A basic math identity often used in integrals [closed]

I'm just wondering about why $y_i=A_{ij}x_j$ implies $$d^Ny=|\det A|d^Nx.$$ I see that $\det A$ is the product of the eigenvalues of a diagonal matrix but still don't exactly see how. Please help.
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Complex integration by shifting the contour

In section 12.11 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, he evaluates an integral involved in the Green function solution to the 4-potential wave equation. Here it is: $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty dk_0 ...
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First variation of the action in relativistic notation - Landau & Lifshitz “Classical theory of fields”

In Landau & Lifshitz's book, Classical theory of fields, the action for a free particle is defined as: $$\tag{8.1} S= \int ^b _a {-mc \ \text d s}=0,$$ where $$\text d s=c\,\text d ...
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How to use accelaration data of moving object to calculate distance?

I read couple of similar question on this forum and few blogs on web, though I am still confused,I am determined to calculate object displacement using accelerometer data. So, I tried using ...
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Rotational symmetry in integration

Can someone please tell me why $$4\int d^4x \, x^\mu x^\nu ~=~\int d^4x \, g^{\mu\nu}x^2 $$ by some rotational symmetry argument?
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change of variable in a 2-loop integral

given the 2 loop integral $$ \int dq_{1} \int dq_{2}F(q1,q2) $$ (1) then in dimension D=4 our integral will be a 8-dimensional integral so why can not make a change of variable to 8-dimensional ...
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From Paris to … London [closed]

(Excuse the pun in the title, couldn't resist) Paris and London are connected by a straight underground tunnel, as shown in the diagram below. A train travels between the two cities powered only by ...
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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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Integral over a product of two Green's functions

Need some help here on a frequently encountered integral in Green's function formalism. Forgive me since I am a junior student. I have an integral/summation as a product of a retarded and advanced ...
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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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Gaussian integral of a function with nonzero mean (generalizing Wick theorem)

From the wikipedia article, for a Gaussian integral of an analytic function we have that This is equivalent to the Wick theorem when f(x) is a polynomial. Now I'm trying to obtain a similar ...
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Mellin-Barnes (MB) integrals and hypergeometic functions

I'm trying to understand a step in arXiv:1104.2661. Equation 3.4 reads, \begin{equation} ...
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Finding the moments of the Boltzmann/Gibbs Distribution

I am trying to compute the moments of the Boltzmann distribution using a moment generating function, by taking the Fourier transform of the distribution and then taking derivatives to find the ...
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Problem deriving displacement from accelerations

I have a problem deriving displacement from an accelerometer; I want a time series of displacement so I used numerical integration twice; I based my code on the trapezium rule and so did something ...
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help with absolute pressure to gauge pressure derivation steps

I would like some help with the explicit math steps to go from equation 2 to 3. These equations are presented in a paper that I am reading. I will show where these equations came from and my attempt ...
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Torque on wire summarized with magnetic moment

The magnetic moment of a current-carrying wire loop $L$ is $$ \boldsymbol\mu = \frac I2\oint_L\mathbf{r} \times \mathrm{d}\mathbf{r} $$ so the torque it experiences under a uniform magnetic field ...
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Derivation of f(R) field equations, problem with integration by parts

I am following the derivation of the field equations on the the Wikipedia page for $f(R)$ gravity. But I do not understand the following step: $$ \delta S = \int \frac{1}{2\kappa} \sqrt{-g} ...
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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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Calculate vertical distance using acceleration

I have the following scenario: an iPhone is connected to a vertical rail (it's motion is restricted to the Y axis). Through mechanical means the phone is forced upwards and then allowed to return to ...
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Verlet timestep

I am using velocity Verlet in molecular dynamics. Is just a simple question, if a simulation using time-step femtosecond, in velocity Verlet is just necessary $dt = 10^{-15}$ to use femtosecond?
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Hamiltonian with Dirac Delta function

I've to compute this expression $$ \hat{H} ~=~\frac{1}{4}g_2\int d^3R\int d^3r\ \bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}+\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}-\frac{\vec{r}}{2}) $$$$ \times \left[ ...
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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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Geometric Interpretation of these equations of motion?

I was reading my Engineering Mechanics book, and it derived some strange looking integrals I'll have to apply. I could memorize them, but I'd rather understand them - then I won't have to memorize. ...
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Change of variables in calculating the integral of multivariable differential entropy

I have already asked this question in math.SX but here might be more proper. So I decided to put a copy here and delete the one which is not the one that got an answer: I know that for one ...
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integration for upper ocean mixed layer equation

I am trying to work through the following paper specifically trying to get from equation (1) to equation (6). Equation 1 states that $$ Q = \beta S e^{-\beta z} + 2B \delta(z) $$ where $\delta z$ ...
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Planetary motion: integration of equation of motion

I was reading Planetary Motion (page 117) in Barry Spain's Tensor calculus, and stupidly enough, I didn't understand this. The equations are : $$\frac{d^2\psi}{d\sigma^2} + ...
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Gamma functions integral identity

In Srednicki's QFT book, eq. $14.27$ is a result used over and over again for computing loop correction. It is the following integral evaluated in terms of gamma functions: $$ \int d^dq ...
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Moment of inertia of a cylinder [closed]

When I tried to calculate the moment of inertia ($I_C$) of a cylinder (mass M, height H, radius R) around the rotating axis going symmetrically through its middle, I came up with a different result ...
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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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Calculating stiffness of a beam of non-constant cross section

I am considering a paraboloid shape which is fixed at its base and is being compressed downwards. I am trying to find its stiffness so I can calculate how much it deforms. When I attempt to do this I ...
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Calculating electrodynamic momentum of a dumbbell (consisting of two point charges) in longitudinal motion

I'm working through a paper on momentum in electrodynamics that requires the integration below and would greatly appreciate any help. I'm pretty sure it evaluates to $2/d$ but I can't quite figure ...
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Propagator in massless scalar field theory

Suppose we have the following Lagrangian: $\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} \phi \Box \phi + V(\phi)$, where $\Box = \partial _ {\mu} \partial ^ {\mu}$ and $V$ is the interaction term. We use the $(-+++)$ ...
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How do you integrate an expression over a variable in the limit of an integral?

I am trying to follow the steps to solve the integro-differential equation that arises from a plasma sheath problem given in this paper. This is the step I can't follow: ...
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How do you know which way to choose the limits of an integral?

I am reading http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_13.html#Ch13-S4 In the beginning of equation 13.18, in which Mr. Feynman calculates the potential energy of an object outside a spherical shell, ...
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Changing Coordinate Systems in Two-Loop Integrals

Suppose we have the two-loop integral $\int \mathrm{d} ^ 4 k _ {2} \int \mathrm{d} ^ 4 k _ {1} \, f(k _ {1}, k _ {2})$, where $k _ {1}$ and $k _ {2}$ are four-dimensional vectors in Euclidean space. ...