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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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Sketching phase portraits [closed]

I am trying to answer this question: I would like to know how I go about drawing a phase portrait. All of the examples in my notes are simply the solution with no explanation, and this method of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Universal Covering Group of $SO(1,3)^{\uparrow}$

I'm trying to prove that $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ is the universal covering group for the proper orthochronous Lorentz group $SO(1,3)^{\uparrow}$. The standard way goes as follows. (1) Exhibit a real ...
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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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How to compute force on joints of a 3D structure of balls connected by rods?

Source Given the coordinates of n 3D joints (1kg each) connected by m rods. Assume rods have zero mass and joints with z=0 are fixed to the ground while others are free to move, will the shape be ...
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Energy of wave equation decreasing

I have problems checking that the energy $E(t)=\frac{1}{2}\int_I(u_t^2+c^2u_x^2)dx$ on an open interval $I\subset \mathbb R$, such that $u(0,x)=0$ and $u_t(0,x)=0$ for $x\in\mathbb R\setminus I$ is ...
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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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Help solving differential equation

I want to solve the following differential equation: $y[t]$ : vertical position (height) of the object at time t $y_c$ : height of the ceiling $y_e$ : equilibrium point, the height at which the ...
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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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Spinor Mapping is Surjective

I'm (still) trying to prove that $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ is the universal covering group the the proper orthochronous Lorentz group $L$. I have completed the following steps. (1) Prove that the vector ...
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Derivative of position is velocity and of velocity is acceleration?

This is more of a personal question (i.e. not school related), but how has it been proven that the derivative of position is velocity and derivative of velocity is acceleration? I did some Google ...
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Continuity equation on manifolds

Mass conservation is usually written as $$\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} + \operatorname{div}(\rho \boldsymbol v) = 0$$ $\rho$ is the density and $\boldsymbol v$ is the fluid velocity. My attempt ...
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How can the tension force be computed to test if a shape is moving or not?

Source Given the coordinates of n 3D joints (1kg each) connected by m rods. Assume rods have zero mass and joints with z=0 are fixed to the ground while others are free to move, will the shape be ...
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Fourier transform involving a dirac delta function

I know that $\int \delta(x-a)f(x) dx =f(a) $ , the fundamental defining property of the delta function. How does this change if we no longer consider $x-a$ but $a^2 -x^2$, such that the integral is ...
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A theorem about oscillation in Arnold's mathematical methods of classical mechanics

There is a theorem in page 100 of Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, which says that: If $\cfrac{dx}{dt} = f(x) = Ax + R_2(x)$, where $A = \cfrac{\partial f}{\partial x}|_{x = ...
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How to solve a tensor differential equation?

Essentially, How does one solve the tensorial differential equation $$\frac{dx^a}{d\tau}=A^a{}_bx^b$$ where $x^a$ is a 4-vector and $A^a{}_b$ is a $(1,1)$ tensor. The original Problem How does ...
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where $\nabla^2V = 0$ , evaluate $\int_S V d\Omega /4\pi$

Where $\nabla^2 V = 0$ in 3 dimensional Euclidean space, it is a well-known fact that $${\int_S V(\vec{r'}) d\Omega'\over 4\pi}=V(\vec{a})$$ where $\vec{a}$ is the center of a sphere $S$ of radius ...