Dirac Delta Function

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Main Question or Discussion Point

What does the Dirac Delta Function do?

##\delta^3(\vec{r})##

How do you evaluate it?

What are its values from -inf to +inf?
 

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Did google yield no useful results?
 
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It did not explain the vector r
 
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The vector just means that it is a function of x, y, and z.

Beyond that, I would say that you should try a bit harder to learn about the delta function without just asking us to explain it. It is typically introduced in either a Quantum mechanics course or an Electromagnetism course. Griffiths text on both subjects gives a non rigorous intro to the delta function.
 
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So are you familiar with the 1-dimensional Dirac delta function? If so, the 3-dimensional delta function is just the product of three 1-dimensional delta functions, one for each component of the vector ##\vec{r}##:

##\delta^3(\vec{r}) = \delta(r_x)\delta(r_y)\delta(r_z)##
 

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