On the calculus of Dirac delta function with some applications in classical electrodynamics

Authors

  • Milan Kovacevic
  • Miroslav Jovanovic
  • Marko M Milosevic

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31349/RevMexFisE.18.020205

Keywords:

Delta function, point charge, electric dipole, magnetic current

Abstract

The Dirac delta function is a concept that is useful throughout physics as a standard mathematical tool that appears repeatedly in the undergraduate physics curriculum including electrodynamics, optics, and quantum mechanics. Our analysis was guided by an analytical framework focusing on how students activate, construct, execute, and reflect on the Dirac delta function in the context of classical electrodynamics problems solving. It’s applications in solving the charge density associated with a point charge as well as electrostatic point dipole field, for more advanced situations to describe the charge density of hydrogen atom were presented.

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Published

2021-07-02