Shankar CH1 Derivative of Dirac delta

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Hi,

On p67 of shankar Principles of QM, he considers the delta functions derivative. He says:

[tex] \int \delta'(x-x')f(x')dx'= \int \frac{d\delta(x-x')}{dx}f(x')dx'= \frac{d}{dx}\int \delta(x-x') f(x')dx'=\frac{df(x)}{dx} [/tex]

I don't understand how the second equality follows, how can the derivative just be pulled out like that here? I'm not sure if differentiating under the integral vs externally changes things from what I may have expected. But I thought some kind of product rule of the form:

[tex] \frac{d}{dx}\int \delta(x-x') f(x')dx'=\int \left[ \frac{d\delta(x-x')}{dx} f(x')+\frac{d f(x')}{dx} \delta(x-x') \right] dx' [/tex]

would be in operation.
 

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[tex]\frac{d f(x')}{dx} = 0[/tex]

Because x and x' are independent variables.
 
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But isnt the second term:

[tex]
\int \frac{d f(x')}{dx} \delta(x-x') \right] dx'=\frac{d f(x)}{dx}
[/tex]

by using the sifting property of the delta function?
 

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