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R r Problem b: This means we have to \make" a divergence. 9) What we are doing here isR similar to the standard derivation of integration by parts. R b b b The easiest way to show that a f (@g=@x)dx = f (x)g(x)]a a (@f=@x)gdx, is to integrate the identity f (@g=@x) = @ (fg)=dx (@f=@x)g from x = a to x = b. 9). 4. FLOWING PROBABILITY 55 This expression forms the basis for the proof that reciprocity holds for acoustic waves. 10), consider the special case that the source f2 of p2 is of unit strength and that this source is localized in a very small volume around a point r0 within the volume.
In this section we will determine this current using the theorem of Gauss. j j j j Problem b: In the following we need the time-derivative of (r t), where the asterisk denotes the complex conjugate. 13). 14) rst. @t V j j 2 r r 2 ; ; r r The left hand side of this expression gives the time-derivative of the probability that the particle is within the volume V . The only way the particle can enter or leave the volume is through the enclosing surface S . The right hand side therefore describes the \ ow" of probability through the surface S .
Consider the vector eld v = r'^ . ) for the geometry of the problem. 2) by direct integration. )). Verify that the three integrals are identical. 3: Two surfaces that are bouded by the same contour C. It is actually not di cult to prove that the surface integral in Stokes' law is independent of the speci c choice of the surface S as long as it is bounded by the same contour C . 3) where the two surfaces S1 and S2 are bounded by the same contour C . e. 3) r S1 r S2 r We can form a closed surface S by combining the surfaces S1 and S2 .