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Line integral definition

  1. Aug 6, 2008 #1
    How would you DEFINE the line integral:

    int_aroundc[P(x,y)dx + Q(x,y)dy]
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  3. Aug 6, 2008 #2


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    What's that supposed to mean? Isn't it already defined as you have written it?
  4. Aug 6, 2008 #3
    That what I thought but I think theres some definition with limits and zeta and stuff...
  5. Aug 6, 2008 #4


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    You would define such an integral by choosing a parameterization for the path. Then it reduces to a regular integral in terms of the parameter. I don't know what "zeta" has to do with it but all the limits are hidden in the definition of the regular integral.
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