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Topic: cauchy principal value double integral
Replies: 5   Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 4:56 AM

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 Roland Franzius Posts: 586 Registered: 12/7/04
Re: cauchy principal value double integral
Posted: Dec 6, 2012 4:56 AM

Am 04.12.2012 10:08, schrieb daniel.lichtblau0@gmail.com:
> On Monday, December 3, 2012 2:18:53 AM UTC-6, Alex Krasnov wrote:
>> I am unclear how to interpret the following result (Mathematica 8.0.4):
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>> In: Integrate[1/(x^2+y^2), {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, PrincipalValue -> True]
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>> Out: -4*Catalan
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>> How is Cauchy principal value defined in this case? Since the integrand is
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>> circularly symmetric around (0,0), excluding a shrinking neighborhood
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>> around (0,0) is not useful. Perhaps this result is merely an issue with
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>> option handling for multiple integrals?
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>> Alex

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> That does indeed look like a bug.
>

The integral doesnt exist and what a Cauchy pincipal value option in two
dimensions may mean to the Integrate subsystem remains obscure.

In polar coordinates the integrand is

dx /\ dy /(x^2+y^2) = dr /\ dphi /r

Any integral containing the origin diverges logarithmically.

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Roland Franzius