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Homework Help: Coordinate transformation and multiplying with size of J

  1. Feb 14, 2008 #1

    I am using the book "Advanced Engineering Mathematics" by Erwin Kreyszig where I am reading on the transformation of coordinates - when changing from \int f(x,y) to \int f(v(x,y),v(x,y) it is necessary to multiply with the size of the jacobian, |J| - I cannot find the proof in the book and I don't quite understand why one should multiply with this?
    Any help or advise where to locate the proof in order to better understand the multiplication with the Jacobian.

    Thanks in advance

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  3. Feb 14, 2008 #2


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    if you google "Coordinate transformation multiple integrals", you get lots of hits :)
  4. Feb 14, 2008 #3

    So if I transform and the volume of the transform is preserved the size of |J| is one?
  5. Feb 14, 2008 #4


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    Yes. If you have a "parallelopiped" (3 d figure like a "tilted" retangle) formed from 3 vectors [itex]\vec{u}[/itex], [itex]\vec{v}[/itex], and [itex]\vec{w}[/itex], the volume is given by the length of the "triple" product [itex]\vec{u}\cdot(\vec{v}\times\vec{w})[/itex] which, in turn, can be calculated by the determinant having those vectors as rows. That's basically what the Jacobian is.
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