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What does it mean for an integral's differential to be raised to a power, like e.g. $d^3r$ or $d^3u$?

I was reading Zwelfel's book on reactor physics and saw the following notation: Notice that the differential of the integral is raised to the third power. What is the meaning of this notation? ...
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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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Finding the illuminance from a triangular light source

Since most light sources in games are point-like, it's pretty difficult to approximate area light sources with point sources. As triangles are a universal form to represent 3D models (thus area light ...
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A problem in an integration related to Wick rotation

In quantum field theory, we often calculate some integrations using Wick rotation. In the following, I will carefully deal with an integration involving Wick rotation. In the end, I have found that I ...
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Intuitive explanation of the half in the $\frac{1}{2}at^2$ distance equation?

The full equation $$ Xf = X_o + V_o t + \frac{at^2}{2} $$ is integrated from the velocity function (which was integrated from constant acceleration function), right? The problem is, I can't seem to ...
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How to set up line integral of electric field? Confused over notation

In multivariable calculus the line integrals was parameterized and denoted: $$ \int_C \mathbf{F} \bullet \, d\mathbf{r}=\int_D\mathbf{F}(\mathbf{r}(t)) \bullet \frac{d \mathbf{r}(t)}{dt} \, dt $$ ...
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A function for calculating velocity at several distances as you fall towards the earth's center

Assuming there is no drag, no friction and no other objects affecting you. If you drop into the earth (through a tube). Your velocity will be 7900 m/s at the center of the earth according to http://...
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Shifting integration variable and taking derivative seemingly giving problem

I am doing loop integral in quantum field theory, and an issue in shifting integration variable is giving me a problem. Let me illustrate with an example. I have an integral that looks approximately ...
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Evaluating an integral [migrated]

I have problem to evaluate the following integral: $$I=\int_{0}^{2\pi} \frac{\sin^2\phi\, d\phi}{a+b \cos{\phi}}$$ In fact I calculate it using complex integration methods, by changing the variable : $...
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What's my $\mathrm dM$? Gravitational Potential inside a circle of mass

I'm trying to find the gravitational potential for an arbitrary point within a ring of uniform mass density. The point is constrained to be in the same plane as the ring. So we start with: $$\Phi=\...
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Why we use differential element to get general form? [closed]

When we study any physical system we use differential element to get an equation then integrate over specific period to get a general form. Why we don't get directly a general form without ...
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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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How is the two-point function of an operator dual to a scalar ADS field obtained in ADS/CFT?

The two point function of an operator dual to a scalar field in ADS/CFT can obtained directly from computation of the on-shell action in momentum space and then taking it back to position space. The ...
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Area under the displacement-time graph giving time?

This is probably very stupid, but today at a lecture, our professor solved a problem where we had to find the time taken to travel from 0-5m, where $v = 3/x$ (velocity is a function of position.) ...
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Why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?

I'm preparing for my exam, but I have difficulties in perceiving why there is a $\frac{1}{2}$ in the distance formula $d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$?
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How to Solve this Integral

I am currently doing a problem in Quantum optics, specifically the problem of finding Wigner Function for Number states or Fock states. I am actually did the problem in a different way and found that ...
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Explain $\Delta x = v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}gt^2$ please? [duplicate]

$g = \Delta v/t$, so $\Delta v = gt$. $v = v_0 + \Delta v$, so $v = v_0 + gt$. So if $\Delta x = vt$, then $\Delta x$ should be $v_0t + gt$. Why the $\tfrac{1}{2}gt^2$? I'm really confused, so this ...
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Area under and slope of the motion graphs

I wanted to ask in general what area under the graph means. Also which physical quantity is highlighted by area under distance vs time graph. I'm confused that area is a 2 dimensional concept and it ...
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Gaussian integration and dimension argument

I made a mistake recently regarding the Gaussian density, by putting the determinant of the variance to the power $\frac{d}{2}$. Would the following argumentation be valid to highlight it should be to ...
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Check dimensions of the integral of a function

I and a colleague are arguing about the dimensions of: $$\int_0^x f(x) dx $$ in this particular case $[f(x)]=m^2/s^3$ and $[x]=m$. Does it follow that $[\int_0^x f(x) dx]=m^2/s^3$ or $[\int_0^x f(x)...
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Bridges between maths and physics: the $\tau=2\pi$ constant [closed]

[disclaimer: I am not a math or a CS major, this is probably an easy question for most people on Physics SE.] I just read the tau manifesto explaining - according to its author - the various ...
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Multidimensional Area and Volume

In 3D the volume is $xyz$, the product of three coordinates. But in $N$ dimension ,how to define area and volume?
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Difference between integral and differential physical laws [duplicate]

Why is integral and differential physical laws both used? I read that integral is global and differential is local. Could you tell me something about it?
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Fourier transform in two dimensions, Green's function for Schrodinger equation

I want to calculate this Fourier transform: $$ \int\limits_0^{\infty} \mbox{d}k \int\limits_0^{2\pi} \mbox{d}\varphi~ k \frac{e^{i \vec{k} \cdot(\vec{x}-\vec{x}')}}{k^2+B} $$ which will be 2D Green's ...
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Interaction Potential for Damped Driven Pendulum

I'm trying to use the velocity Verlet integrator to simulate a damped driven pendulum (with unit mass) described by $\ddot{\phi}+\gamma \dot{\phi}+\omega_0^2 sin\phi=Acos(\Omega t)$ The Verlet ...
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Integration by parts with Dirac Delta function

I am having some hard time trying to understand the following "heuristic" integral, involving integration by parts with the Dirac's Delta. We start with the following relation $$ f(x) = \int_{-\infty}^...
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Double Integrals of Force

I took AP Physics C and Multivariable Calculus last year, and noticed something interesting. For non-relativistic particles in one dimension:$$F=\frac{\partial p}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial E}{\...
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Notation of integrals

Hi I am relatively new to quantum mechanics. I encountered a certain use of notation which I am curious about, I will provide the context and question now: We have the basis $\{ | \vec{r} \rangle \} ...
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Period of a pendulum [closed]

In the book 'Calculus the Early Transcendetals' at page 776 (7th edition) they give that the period of a pendulum with length $\text{L}$ that makes a maximum angle $\theta_0$ with the vertical is: $$\...
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Question on doing the integral for Fermi golden rule

Today in the lecture, my professor did something which confused me As an example, we consider the photoelectric effect, in which an electron bound in a Coulomb potential is ionized after ...
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Verlet integration with translation and rotation in 2D

I'm facing with some equations of motion (translation and rotation) in 2D, and I need to integrate them using Verlet approach. Anyway, I'm stuck with the rotational part. In my framework, bodies lie ...
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Unfamiliar Notation in Sakurai

In chapter 5 section 9 of Sakurai, 2nd edition, he uses some notation that I am unfamiliar with. This may be suited for Math.se but I figured it could be peculiar physicist notation. Anyways it is ...
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Integrating by parts [closed]

I am having little trouble with my professor's note. $$F=-\int{(dr)}{(\vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{P}) \vec{E} }=\int{(dr)}{(\vec{P} \cdot \vec{\nabla} ) \vec{E} }$$ where F is force, P is polarization, ...
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Moment of inertia of trapezium

I have a trapezoidal and homogeneous lamina with mass m and ABCD vertices, on an xy plane. AB is the minor base, CD is the major base and AC is the height, with AB=AC=L and CD=2L. So basically I have ...
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Calculation of Distance from measured Acceleration vs Time

I have an Accelerometer connected to a device that feeds the instant values of the acceleration in the 3 directions. I've tried to calculate the distance for a vertical movement using these values ...
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How to get distance when acceleration is not constant?

I have a background in calculus but don't really know anything about physics. Forgive me if this is a really basic question. The equation for distance of an accelerating object with constant ...
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What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems?

In many signal processing calculations, the (prior) probability distribution of the theoretical signal (not the signal + noise) is required. In random signal theory, this distribution is typically a ...
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Is there a Bayesian theory of deterministic signal? Prequel and motivation for my previous question

This is a prequel to my question: What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize a dynamical system? Clearly my question looks at the same time fairly ...
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Integrating elements of a Lie group with respect to parameters of the corresponding Lie algebra

I am working with an operator $\textbf{M}$ that is represented by the Lie group SO(1,3), thus it can be written as, $$ \textbf{M} = \exp{\textbf{L}} $$ where, $$ \textbf{L} = \begin{bmatrix} 0&a&...
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Potential energy of a spherically symmetric charge density in a spherically symmetric electrostatic potential

I'm interested in calculating the potential energy of a spherically symmetric charge density in a spherically symmetric electrostatic potential. More specific, I'm currently trying to calculate the ...
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Electrostatic energy integral for point charges

The electric energy stored in a system of two point charges $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ is simply $$W = \frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\frac{Q_1Q_2}{a}$$ where $a$ is the distance between them. However, the total ...
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Energy stored in electric field [duplicate]

I know that energy stored in electric field / unit volume = $\frac{1}{2} \epsilon\,E^2$. so can I say that for any configuration calculating $\int \frac{1}{2} \epsilon\, E^2 \,d^3r$ over whole space -...
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1-loop integration for self-energy

I am trying to calculate the following integral that corresponds to 1-loop contribution to electron self-energy for a specific component of the momentum: $$ \Delta_i(q) = \int \frac{dp_1 dp_2 \ldots ...
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How can I do a nested lightcone integral?

I want to do an integral of the form $I(x-y)=\int d^{D+1}z_1...d^{D+1}z_n f(x-z_1)...f(z_n-y)$ where $x,z_1,...z_n,y$ are all (D+1) vectors and $f$ depends only on the proper times between them. $z_i$...
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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. 2....
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Imaginary Part of the Free Energy - Sohotski Plemenj theorem

I have posted this question already on Math Stack Exchange and I hope not to annoy the community if I post it here again, looking maybe for a better suited audience. I need to understand how the ...
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A box loop-integral [closed]

I am trying to evaluate the integrate $$ \int\frac{d^Dk}{(2 \pi)^D} \frac{1}{(k^2)^2(k^2-m^2)} $$ using dimensional regularisation ($D=4-2\epsilon$). From various references it appears that it should ...
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Do integrals of position make any sense? Do they have an application? [closed]

I know that taking the derivative of position with respect to time defines what we call velocity, but I've never heard of physicist going in the opposite direction with position. Is there any ...
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Help to verify (numerically) invariant Haar measure on unitary group

Sorry if this question is not appropriate for the forum. From the paper http://gemma.ujf.cas.cz/~brauner/files/Haar_measure.pdf I am interested to understand and verify equation (3). Can anyone please ...
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What is the meaning of $\mathrm{d}^4k$ in this integral?

From Gerardus 't Hooft's Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1999, he states the following equation (2.1): $$ \int \mathrm{d}^4k \frac{\operatorname{Pol}(k_{\mu})}{(k^2+m^2)\bigl((k+q)^2+m^2\bigr)} = \infty ...