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## Homework Statement

I need some help understanding an integral step in the example below. I get how the integrand was set up, but I don't get how comes to two expressions with the absolute value of z-L/2.

(Problem description if that is needed: L is the length of a cylinder with radius R, and P is the polarization of the cylinder in direction of its length. Calculate the electric field at a point on the axis of the rod)

## Homework Equations

http://imageshack.us/a/img594/1895/absolutevalue.png [Broken]

## The Attempt at a Solution

I don't understand that step really. Google has no answers. I thought that it might have been some absolute value identities, but it seems that was not the case. Is there someone who'd lend a hand?

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