# Multiple delta function

Hi everyone,
I have trouble understanding the multiple delta function. For one dimensional delta function, we have
δ($\varphi$(x))=$\sum_{i=1}^{N}$δ(x−xi)|$\varphi$′(xi)|
where xi's (for i = 1 to N) are simple zeros of f(x) and it is known that f(x) has no zeros of multiplicitiy > 1

but what is the case of multiple delta function
δ(f(x,y))=?

PS:This my first time to this forum, I'm not familiar with Latex. Sorry for the caused inconvenience.

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Bill_K
Well one thing you could do is to treat y as a parameter and f(x,y) as a function of one variable. Then the zeroes of f(x,y) occur at x = ξi(y), and you have δ(f(x,y)) = ∑ δ(x - ξi(y)) |[∂f(x,y)/∂x]x = ξi(y)|.

Well one thing you could do is to treat y as a parameter and f(x,y) as a function of one variable. Then the zeroes of f(x,y) occur at x = ξi(y), and you have δ(f(x,y)) = ∑ δ(x - ξi(y)) |[∂f(x,y)/∂x]x = ξi(y)|.

Thank a lot for your help, Bill!!!

But I wonder whether we can treat y as a parameter and have x = ξi(y), as in f(x,y) the two arguments x and y are independent to each other.

Bill_K