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Vector Integration - Notation

  1. Jun 6, 2007 #1
    A quick question -- is it acceptable to use angle braces when integrating a vector function, instead of expressing the vector i.t.o unit vectors?

    E.g. say ∫<x,2x,3x> dx

    This form seems far more convenient and suggestive than ∫ [xi + 2xj + 3xk] dx. Especially with ugly functions. However I've looked though a few textbooks and I've never seen this notation used with integration (or differentiation?) of a vector fxn...is there some reason, or is it just convention?
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  3. Jun 7, 2007 #2


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    I suspect it is just convention. Math texts tend to use (a,b,c) while physics texts tend toward the i,j,k unit vector notation.
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