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Integral of F cross dr

  1. Sep 12, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    For F = (x, y2, 2z), evaluate the path integrals along the line of a to b:

    [tex]\vec{a}=(0,0,0), \vec{b}=(1,1,1), \int^{b}_{a} \vec{F} \times d\vec{r}[/tex]

    [tex]\int^{b}_{a} \vec{F} ds[/tex]

    2. Relevant equations

    No idea.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't have a clue what these integrals even evaluate to. The first one should be a vector, and I have no idea what that even means, an integral that isn't a scalar. The second one is the same problem.
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  3. Sep 12, 2008 #2


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    Write down the path r(s)=(s,s,s) from (0,0,0) to (1,1,1) with s going from 0 to 1. dr is (dr/ds)*ds which is (1,1,1)*ds. The integral of Fds is F(r(s))*ds. To integrate the vector ds just find the vector whose components are the integral of each component of the vector. I.e. (integral sds, integral s^2ds, integral 2sds). To find Fxdr cross the vector F(r(s)) with (1,1,1) and integrate that vector ds.
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