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Aug
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revised How to document solutions for future use?
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27
answered How to document solutions for future use?
Aug
26
comment Finding amounts of ingredients in a food based on nutrients
Right, but you said "you stand a chance of making progress," which I think isn't really the case.
Aug
26
answered Finding amounts of ingredients in a food based on nutrients
Aug
26
comment Finding amounts of ingredients in a food based on nutrients
@bey: Knowing the mass of the cake and the mass of each ingredient just gives you one more equation, which isn't going to help that much.
Aug
26
answered Proving uniqueness of solutions to $\sin^2A + \sin^2B = \sin (A+B)$ without using multivariable calculus
Aug
20
asked Is there a heuristic reason behind this numerical coincidence?
Aug
20
revised Help with my proof of maximum number of intersection points of n lines being n(n-1)/2
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answered Help with my proof of maximum number of intersection points of n lines being n(n-1)/2
Aug
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comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
Can you say a bit more about the intuitive meaning of this formula? I'm sure it's obvious to an analyst, but it's not quite so clear to me. Should I think of it as a mobius transformation and a factor that dies off at infinity?
Jul
31
comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
For my own future reference: apparently if I take $$g(t) = \frac{\cos(a t)}{(t^2 + b^2)^2}$$ then I get $$H(t) = \frac{e^{-ab} [(a b +1) z^3 + (3b^2-ab^3) z]}{2b^3(b^2+z^2)^2} + i \frac{e^{i a z}}{(b^2 + z^2)^2}$$
Jul
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comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
Thanks. It'll take me a while to digest this, but have an accept in the meantime.
Jul
31
accepted Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
Jul
31
comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
Well, I included the word "deep" in the question title, and in case that was too vague I included four more precise questions, two of which (at least) have well-defined answers. If you can think of a way to be even more explicit, please suggest it.
Jul
31
comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
I know that -- it's implicit in how I solved the problem. But is it simply a coincidence that, given the function $\cos(z)$, there happens to be a function bounded in the upper half plane that matches it on the real axis?
Jul
31
revised Trying to solve a pair of trigonometric simultaneous equations
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Jul
31
answered Trying to solve a pair of trigonometric simultaneous equations
Jul
31
comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
I understand that. I even used it in the question. That's not what I asked for, though.
Jul
31
comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
@Dr.MV: The only thing I see there is that the integral along $C_R$ vanishes in the limit if $\lim_{R \to \infty} M_R = 0$. But that's just the case of Jordan's lemma where it establishes that the contour vanishes. It's not an if-and-only-if condition, and it's also not a "nice" condition, in the sense of being, say, local at $\infty$ or something.
Jul
31
comment Is there a deep reason why replacing $\cos(x)$ with $e^{ix}$ and taking the real part often makes a contour integral work out?
@wltrup: I don't think you can use a different contour, at least not in the sense here where the contour splits up into two pieces with the integral along one vanishing in the limit. The function $$f(z)= \frac{\cos(az)}{(z^2+b^2)}$$ has poles at $z = \pm bi$, and the residues are $$\operatorname{res}_{z = \pm bi} f(z) = \pm \frac{e^{ab}(ab-1) - e^{-ab}(ab+1)}{8 b^3} i.$$ So the integral isn't equal to $2 \pi i$ times some combination of the residues.