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How to find an equation for $x$ in terms of $t$ for a particle falling under gravity with resistance given by $mkv^2$? [closed]

Okay so I have determine the velocity $v$ and displacement $x$ as functions of $t$ for a particle falling under gravity with resistance given by $mkv^2$. I have set up the equation of motion divided ...
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Physical intuition/interpretation of fractional derivatives/integrals?

Oftentimes, when the derivative and integral operations are introduced within the realm of physics, we are taught some physical interpretation of them: Velocity is the derivative of position ...
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Fourier Transforming a $n$-dimensional ket (QM)

I would like to evaluate the Fourier Transform of $n$ functions. I am aware from the derivation of the convolution how this is done for the case of $n=2$. How could this be generalised for $n=3$? ...
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Buckling of a slender column - total energy

I'm following Goldbart's Mathematics for Physics book, and I ran into a problem with exercise 1.4 (page 43). We have a formula for the energy stored in a slightly bent rod aligned on the $z$ axis: $ ...
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Integral limits when calculating the work

If I integrate $$dW= \vec{ F} \cdot d\vec{\ell}$$ which are the limits? In $$\int\limits_{W_{inf}}^{W_{sup}}dW= \int\limits_{\vec{\ell}_{1}}^{\vec{\ell}_{2}} \vec{ F} \cdot d\vec{\ell}$$ it is ...
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Shifting the integration variable in loop integrals

We know that, in four dimensions, shifting the integration variables is valid only for convergent and logarithmically divergent integrals. If we employ a hard cutoff $\Lambda$, is it permissible to ...
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Calculating the electric field of an infinite flat 2D sheet of charge

I was trying to calculate the electric field of an infinite flat sheet of charge. I considered the sheet to be the plane $z=0$ and the position where the electric field is calculated to be ...
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Equivalence of integrals in Classical Electrodynamics

I have a technical question about a section from Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics 3rd ed. In chapter 14, Jackson derives an expression for $ \frac{d^2I}{d\omega d\Omega} $, the frequency spectrum ...
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Volume of highdimensional Sphere vs volume of spheres shell

When calculating the phase space volume $\Omega$ in the microcanoncial ensemble with fixed energy $E$, one integrates over a shell that includes all energies in between $E$ and $E+\delta E$: ...
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Struggling with an integral [closed]

I'm struggling with the following integral: $$ \int \int (r_1^2 + r_2^2) \exp \left( -\frac{b (r_1 + r_2)}{a} \right) \, \mathrm{d}V_1 \, \mathrm{d}V_2 $$ I tried to expand near $r_1 = 0 ;\; r_2 = ...
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$v^2 = 2ax$ or $v^2 = ax$?

As far as I am aware, $v^2 = 2ax$ is the formula to find the velocity in various questions. If kinetic energy = work, $$\frac{1}{2}mv^2=Fx$$ $$mv^2=2max$$ $$v^2=2ax$$ We use this formula to solve ...
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Calculation of co-moving coordinate separation for a moving object in a time-varying spacetime metric

My calculus has 30+ years of rust on it and I am stuck on the integration of the interval in General Relativity... I wish to calculate the spatial coordinate at time t of an object moving with ...
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Where do limits of integration come from in the equation of heat transfer by conduction?

I was watching the third lecture of Diffrential equations on OCW. As an application, the model of heat transfer by conduction is provided. We derived this equation which models the system where $T$ is ...
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Klein-Gordon field commutator integral identity [closed]

Consider a Klein-Gordon field $\phi$ on points $x,y$ of $\mathbb R^4$ Minkowski-spacetime. Here I'm writing $x=(x^0, \stackrel \rightarrow x)$ so that $\stackrel \rightarrow x$ gives the spatial ...
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Derivation of Fermi level for T>0

I am working through the derivation of the Fermi level $ \mu_0$ for T>0. However, at one point in the notes I have, it states without any explanation that: $$ \int_0^\infty F'(\epsilon) ...
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What is physical interpretation gives integration?

It is my understanding that the integration is the inverse process of differentiation and its meaning is a fine sum (in fact, so is its symbol) but what physical interpretation do we get from this? At ...
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From acceleration to displacement

Hi I am a major in Computer science and this question should be really easy for all the physics geniuses here: I have a set of data points from an accelerometer on a moving object that basically ...
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Partial Integration of outer product of del and position vector

I am trying to understand the solution I have been given to prove the following relation for a current density $\vec{j}(\vec{r})$ that is concentrated around the origin: $$ \int_V dV \, ...
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How can one approximate integral def. of Z by the max value of the integrand?

I am taking a course in statistical physics, and while reviewing my notes from the lectures I came across something that I cannot get my head around. We arrive at an integral expression for the ...
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Problem evaluating a holomorphic path integral [closed]

Equation (4.11) on page 146 of Sidney Coleman's book Aspects of Symmetry is the holomorphic path integral, \begin{equation} I=\int \exp(-z^{*}Az)\Pi dzdz^{*}=\frac{1}{\det(A)}, \end{equation} where ...
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Klein-Gordon propagator integral in the light-like case

In Kerson Huang's Quantum Field Theory From Operators to Path Integrals (Amazon link), pages 28 and 29, he calculates the propagator in the following case: time-like, space-like and light-like. First ...
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What it means to integrate over $n$ variables out of $N$, where $N>n$?

I was reading Theory of Simple Liquids, when I came across BBGKY hierarchy. In deriving the expression for the hierarchy, they integrate an integration of N variables over N-n variables to make the ...
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Normalization constant of the Vacuum polarization

In the article "On gauge invariance and vacuum polarization" by Schwinger, at some point the equation $$\frac{C}{s^2}\int e^{i\frac{x^2}{4s}} \, dx =1$$ is said to have the solution ...
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Triple integral $\iiint_{\mathbb{R}^3} d^{3}q ~\delta^{3}(\vec{q})\frac{(\vec{p}\cdot\vec{q})^2}{q^{2}} $ involving Dirac Delta function

I am trying find $$\iiint_{\mathbb{R}^3} d^{3}q ~\delta^{3}(\vec{q})\frac{(\vec{p}\cdot\vec{q})^2}{q^{2}},$$ where $\vec{p}$ is some fixed vector. The answer should be $\frac{p^2}{3}$. Below is ...
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Integration of $e^{-it\sqrt{\mathbf{p}^2 + m^2}}$ for QM amplitude

My question might be more about maths than physics, but it originated in a Physics context. Take $\hbar$ = $c$ = 1. I was looking at the amplitude for a free particle to propagate from an initial ...
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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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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 ...