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Homework Help: Multivariable Delta Function Integral

  1. Feb 19, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I have to find this integral:

    [tex]\int \delta (( \frac{p^{2}}{2m} + Cz ) - E ) p^{2} dp dz[/tex]

    where E, m, and C can be considered to be constants.
    2. Relevant equations

    I'm semi-familiar with delta functions, i.e. i know that:

    [tex] \int \delta (x - a) dx = 1 [/tex]

    and that you can usually change the variable of integration to match the variable in the delta function, if it's not written explicitly as above.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My problem is that I don't really know how to work with this in two dimensions, with both variables appearing inside the delta function. I thought maybe there might be a way to split it into two different delta functions, with one variable appearing in each? But this is just a guess, and I can't really find any supporting evidence. Thanks in advance.
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  3. Feb 20, 2012 #2
    First you need to know how to scale a delta function, i.e., δ(a*x)=1/a*δ(x); then you integrate z first, and treat everything else as constants, the result is very simple.
  4. Feb 20, 2012 #3
    Ah...I guess that's pretty obvious. Thank you very much.
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