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Why do zeta regularization and path integrals agree on functional determinants?

When looking up the functional determinant on Wikipedia, a reader is treated to two possible definitions of the functional determinant, and their agreement is trivial in finite dimensions. The first ...
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What are BesselJ functions?

I solved an integration on mathematica which gives BesselJ functions and some other terms. I explored mathematica help and google but could not understand the difference between different types of ...
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Is $\nabla$ a vector?

The following passage has been extracted from the book "Mathematical methods for Physicists": A key idea of the present chapter is that a quantity that is properly called a vector must have the ...
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Is this equal ? (I found it on this website)

I found this equation on this website! I would like to know it its true or not? And how can proof or disprove it?! Euler-Mascheroni constant expression, further simplification ...
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Regularity of an infinite series arising with the heat equation

Let $(t,y)\in(0,\infty)\times\mathbf{R}$, and $\displaystyle f(t,y) \equiv \sum_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{\exp(-(y-2\pi k)^2/2t)}{\sqrt{2\pi t}}$. This infinite series arises if one attempts to solve ...
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Making some standard theoretical physics argument rigorous

In theoretical physics one often encounters the following rationale: if $f$ and $g$ are functions on $\mathbf{R}^n$, satisfying some technical conditions, and $\displaystyle\int_\Omega f=\int_\Omega ...
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Is there any abstract theory of electrical networks?

Designing electrical networks is among the highly mathematical engineering disciplines, which uses a vast scope of techniques from Fourier analysis and complex function theory, to logic, combinatorics ...
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Definition of a tensor for a manifold

While reading Nakahara's geometry, topology and physics. I came across the following definition of a tensor. A tensor $T$ of type $(p, q)$ is a multilinear map that maps $p$ dual vectors and $q$ ...
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Proportional to 2 Separate Variables vs. Proportional to Product of 2 Variables

I've always seen the following in physics and math textbooks but never understood the process by which it was mathematically deducted: $A \propto B$ $\space$ and $\space$ $A \propto C ...
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Minimizing a functional with a free boundary condition

Find the extremals of the functional $$\text{J}(y)= y^2(1) + \int_0^1 y'^2(x)dx , \ \ y(0)=1.$$ Answer: $y(x)=1-\frac{1}{2}x$ My solution: $ F (x,y,y')=y'^2(x)$ After solving the ...
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$k$-space tensor integral in statistical physics

$$Q=\int_{\text{all space}} \frac{\hbar \nu_g \mathbf{k}\mathbf{k}}{\exp[(\hbar \nu_g |\mathbf{k}|-\mathbf{k}\cdot\mathbf{u})/k_B T]-1}d\mathbf{k} $$ Please help me to integrate the above tensor ...
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Trouble in proving that $\|x\|_p = \max|x_j|$

We define p-norm in this way: $\|x\|_p = \{\sum ^N_j=_1|x_j|^p\}^ {1\over p}$ We know that It change to $\|x\|_p = \max|x_j| $ when $ p \to \infty $ How can I prove this ?
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Nonlinear equation (oscillon) comparison

Lagrangian for a spherically-symmetric, real scalar field in d spatial dimensions, $$L=c_d \int r^{d-1}dr\left[ \frac{1}{2} \dot\phi^2 - \frac{1}{2} \left(\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial r} \right)^2 ...
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Frobenius Method to solve $x(1 - x)y'' - 3xy' - y = 0$

So, Im trying to self-learn method of frobenius, and I would like to ask if someone can explain to me how can we solve the following DE about $ x = 0$ using this method. $$ x(1 - x)y'' - 3xy' - y = 0 ...
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Choice of the First Term in Legendre Polynomials

The two solutions of the Legendre's Differential Equation obtained by series solution method are : and Now according to my textbook, for the useful polynomial for n equal to a positive integer, ...
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What does adding $\sin\theta \cos\theta$ make my graph a linear relationship?

What is the point of adding sin n cos of theta when graphing range? e.g. I see on hyperphysics a graph of range vs sin n cos of theta and it makes the experimental data embody a linear relationship. ...
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Center of mass in a straight rod

I got an assignment to prove that in a straight homogeneous rod, you can always choose a coordinate system in such a way that $$\int_S x_1 \, dx_1 \, dx_2=0 $$ $$\int_S x_2 \, dx_1 \, dx_2=0 $$ ...
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What's the Clifford algebra?

I'm reading a book on Clifford algebra for physicists. I don't quite understand it conceptually even if I can do most algebraic manipulations. Can some-one teach me what the Clifford algebra really ...
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Level of Rigor in Mathematical Physics

I am a physics/math undergrad and I have recently become familiar with some more rigorous formalisms of mechanics, such as Lagrangian mechanics and Noether's Theorem. However, I've noticed that the ...
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Area enclosed by an equipotential curve for an electric dipole on the plane

I am currently teaching Physics in an Italian junior high school. Today, while talking about the electric dipole generated by two equal charges in the plane, I was wondering about the following ...
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In what ways has physics spurred the invention of new mathematical tools?

I came across this comment: Mathematical rigor is not a criterion that physicists have for evaluating their theories. From a mathematical perspective, the non-rigorous theories are far more ...
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A fun problem by Arnold using the Poincaré recurrence theorem

I came across this problem by V. I. Arnold while studying his classical mechanics book. Consider a sequence where the $n^{th}$ term is made up by considering the first digit of $2^n$, the first ...
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Mathematically rigorous text on classical electrodynamics.

Is there any textbook (preferably not written by a physicist) on classical electrodynamics which gives a rigorous (by the standards of pure mathematics) treatment of (a part of) the topics found in ...
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Gathering books on Lorentzian Geometry

I find it very hard to find books on Lorentzian Geometry, more focused on the geometry behind it, instead of books that go for the physics and General Relativity approach. More specifically, I'm ...
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Evaluate the Integral using Contour Integration (Theorem of Residues)

$$ J(a,b)=\int_{0}^{\infty }\frac{\sin(b x)}{\sinh(a x)} dx $$ This integral is difficult because contour integrals normally cannot be solved with a sin(x) term in the numerator because of ...
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Gentle introduction to fibre bundles and gauge connections

To better understand papers like this for example, which makes heavy use of fibre bundles and gauge connections to represent gauge fields, I am looking for a nice introduction to this topic. The only ...
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What is Octave Equivalence?

This is an updated copy of a question I asked on Physics Stack Exchange not too long ago. Since I work primarily in mathematics, I thought it would be a good idea to ask it here as well (especially ...
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Applications of Algebra in Physics

Often I have heard about the link between Algebra (in particular Representations of Groups and Algebras) and some "indefinite" field of Physics. I have a good preparation in Algebra and ...
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Meaning of $\int\mathop{}\!\mathrm{d}^4x$

What the following formula mean? $$\int\mathop{}\!\mathrm{d}^4x$$ I know that this $\int f(x)\mathop{}\!\mathrm{d}x$ is the integral of the function $f$ over the $x$ variable, but the following ...
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Is the Structure Group of a Fibre Bundle Well-Defined?

Am I right in thinking that the structure group of a fibre bundle is any group $G$ of homeomorphisms of the fibre $F$ such that all transition functions map into $G$? Or is $G$ somehow the minimal ...
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Positivity of the Coulomb energy in 2d

Let $$D(f,g):=\int_{\mathbb{R}^3\times\mathbb{R}^3}\frac{1}{|x-y|}\overline{f(x)}g(y)~dxdy$$ with $f,g$ real valued and sufficiently integrable be the usual Coulomb energy. Under the assumption ...
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Decomposite a vector field into two parts

Let A be a region in $\mathbb R^3$, and suppose $ \vec {\mathbf F}$ is a smooth vector field on A. I was asked to show that I can write $\vec {\mathbf F}=\vec {\mathbf F_1}+\vec {\mathbf F_2}$, s.t. ...
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Power series expression for $\exp(-\Delta)$

I know it should be true, but for some reason I can't get the calculations to work out in order to show that if $f$ is smooth and compactly supported, the power series $\sum_{j=0}^\infty ...
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How to introduce stress tensor on manifolds?

I want to understand the type of stress tensor $\mathbf{P}$ in classical physics. Usually in physics it is said that the force $\text d \boldsymbol F$ (vector) acting on an infinitesimal area $\text ...
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Existence and uniqueness of Stokes flow

What are the solution existence and uniqueness conditions for Stokes' flow? $$\begin{gathered} \nabla p = \mu \Delta \vec{u} + \vec{f} \\ \nabla \cdot \vec{u} = 0 \end{gathered}$$ Maybe you could ...
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What are spinors mathematically?

In the wikipedia article on spinors a number of mathematical definitions are given of spinors which I find slightly confusing. There are essentially two frameworks for viewing the notion of a ...
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Mathematical background for TQFT

I am physicist. I`ve started studying Topological QFT. What would you recommend to read in mathematical field for understanding Witten’s old articles of 80s-90s? What books/articles could help form ...
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What are defining & fundamental representations?

In physics terminology, one hears of the fundamental & defining representations of lie algebras or groups - are these the same as irreducible representations?
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Green's function in a moving frame for a constant heat source

I am looking for the Green's function of the problem in two dimensions $r =(x,z)$, \begin{equation} \nabla^2g + \frac{v}{D}\frac{\partial g}{\partial z} = -\delta (r-r_0) \end{equation} Which ...
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What went wrong?

Intrigued by this question, one-dimensional inverse square laws, I started to try to find an answer and came up with what follows. However, I calculated the derivatives to double check myself, and ...
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How to get the asymptotic form of this oscilatting integral?

So the integral is like this: $$\int_1^\infty \frac{\cos xt}{(x^2-1)\left[\left(\ln\left|\frac{1-x}{1+x}\right|\right)^2+\pi^2\right]}\mathrm{d}x$$ The question is how to get the asymptotic form of ...
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Momentum a cotangent vector?

Imagine we have a particle described by $x \in M$, where $M$ is some manifold, then it is very intuitive I think that a velocity is an element of the tangent space at $x$, so $x' \in T_{x}M.$ Thus, by ...
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Guide to mathematical physics?

I am currently a math phd student specializing in algebraic geometry aspiring to work at the boundaries of the the fields of mathematics and physics and so, was looking into the field of mathematical ...
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Completeness of solutions and the separation of variables method

The method of separation of variables is introduced in every textbook on mathematical physics. A basic question is rarely addressed: does this method exhaust all the solutions? Is there any ...
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An elliptic integral of first kind expresses the time of motion along an elliptic phase curve in the corresponding Hamiltonian system

Arnold in his essay On teaching mathematics made the following statement: The de-geometrisation of mathematical education and the divorce from physics sever these ties. For example, not only ...
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What do physicists mean with this bra-ket notation?

In Quantum mechanics we said that $\langle x'|\psi \rangle = \psi(x)$, where $\langle \phi|\psi \rangle $ is the dot product in $L^2(\mathbb{C})$. I found out, that this is true, if you set x' to ...
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Affine space $A^n$ and definition of difference.

I'm not sure if this question would be more appropriate in Physics.SE, if so let me know. I need help in understanding this quote from "Arnold - Mathematical Methods in Classical Mechanics" (This is ...
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planetary motion: Particle describes an ellipse as a central orbit about a focus

A particle describes an ellipse as a central orbit about a focus. Show that the velocity at the end of the minor axis is the geometric mean between the greatest and least velocities. My attempt: ...
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Calculate center of mass multiple integrals

Can you help me with this problem? Find the center of mass of a lamina whose region R is given by the inequality: and the density in the point (x,y) is : The region r is this one: Is this the ...
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Force between two parallel wires?

Having two current carrying (currents $I'$ and $I$) wires of length $a$ parallel to the $z$-axis, one with end points $(0,0,0)$ and $(0,0,a)$ and one from $(a,0,0)$ to $(a,0,a)$, I'm looking for the ...