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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 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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### Why we use $L_2$ Space In QM?

I asked this question for many people/professors without getting a sufficient answer, why in QM Lebesgue spaces of second degree are assumed to be the one that corresponds to the Hilbert vector space ...
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### Gaussian integral with imaginary coefficients and Wick rotation

Although this question is going to seem completely trivial to anyone with any exposure to path integrals, I'm looking to answer this precisely and haven't been able to find any materials after looking ...
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### When is Lebesgue integration useful over Riemann integration in physics?

Riemann integration is fine for physics in general because the functions dealt with tend to be differentiable and well behaved. Despite this, it's possible that Lebesgue integration can be more ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Electric fields in continuous charge distribution

My question may be very basic, but I can't think of a reasonable explanation for this. Consider a solid charged sphere. Now, we have an electric field inside the solid sphere, but at any particular ...
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### Why are the number of magnetic field lines finite in a particular area?

One can draw/imagine as many unique (curved/straight) lines as he/she wants in some specified finite area (assuming that each line is unique if it doesn't overlap with another line). Then how can the ...
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### How do you do an integral involving the derivative of a delta function?

I got an integral in solving Schrodinger equation with delta function potential. It looks like $$\int \frac{y(x)}{x} \frac{\mathrm{d}\delta(x-x_0)}{\mathrm{d}x}$$ I'm trying to solve this by ...
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### Gravitational potential energy of any spherical distribution

The general formula to get the potential energy of any spherical distribution is this : \begin{equation}\tag{1} U = - \int_0^R \frac{GM(r)}{r} \, \rho(r) \, 4 \pi r^2 \, dr, \end{equation} where $M(r)$...
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### Moment of inertia: why $\mathrm{dI}=r^2\mathrm{dm}$ instead of $\mathrm{dI}=m\mathrm{dr^2}$?

When computing the moment of inertia, I observed that people usually use the following logic: $$d I=r^2 dm,\\ \therefore I=\int r^2 dm$$ My question here is, why not use $dI=m ~d(r^2)$? I ...
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### Gaussian integral of a function with non-zero 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 formula ...
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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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### 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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I'm given the integral $$Z[w] = \frac{1}{ (2 \pi)^{n/2}} \int d^n x \prod_{i=1}^n d \overline{\theta}_i d \theta_i \exp \left( - \overline{\theta}_i \partial_j w_i (x) \theta_j - \frac{1}{2} w_i(x) ... 5 votes 3 answers 2k views ### Generalising a Dirac Delta function formula in General Relativity I'm currently stuck on a problem where I have to integrate on a particular set defined through a dirac delta function. If I understood correctly it all boils down to using the curved analogous of$$ ... 2k views

### Fourier transform of the free propagator squared - $\int d^{4}p\ \frac{e^{-i p\cdot x}}{p^{2}+m^{2}-i\epsilon}$

The point of the question is to ask what is the function given by the following integral: $$H(x,y) \ \equiv \ \int \frac{d^{4}p}{(2\pi)^{4}} \frac{e^{-i p \cdot (x-y)}}{(p^{2}+m^{2}-i\epsilon)^{2}}$$...
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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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### Trajectory of a photon around a Schwarzschild black hole?

Consider a photon coming from the infinity in a unbounded orbit to a Schwarzschild black hole (Schwarzschild radius $r_{s}$) (see this for illustration). Its impact parameter is $b$ and its distance ...
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