Average of function (using dirac delta function)

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Homework Statement


Compute the average value of the function:

f(x) = δ(x-1)*16x2sin(πx/2)*eiπx/(1+x)(2-x)

over the interval x ∈ [0, 8]. Note that δ(x) is the Dirac δ-function, and exp(iπ) = −1.

Homework Equations


∫ dx δ(x-y) f(x) = f(y)

The Attempt at a Solution


Average of f(x) = 1/8 ∫from 0 to 8 δ(x-1) dx 16x2sin(πx/2)*(-1)/(1+x)(2-x)
Average of f(x) = -1

Is this correct? I'm unsure of whether you can just use δ(x-a) = δ(x-1) and let a=1 and not let a=-1? I don't get how to use this bit of the function as I seem to have just ignored the negative sign.

Many thanks.
 

Answers and Replies

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From the problem statement, your a is = to 1 not -1.
 

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