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    partial fractions #3

    I need help in understanding what this equation means:



    I understand it if ax + b wasnt there so it being there confuses me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abilitiesz View Post
    I need help in understanding what this equation means:



    I understand it if ax + b wasnt there so it being there confuses me.
    You need to simplify the integrand using long division since its not a proper fraction. When you do the long division, you get something of the form ax+b, plus a remainder. It is from that remainder that you get the partial fraction decomposition.

    Does this make sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris L T521 View Post
    You need to simplify the integrand using long division since its not a proper fraction. When you do the long division, you get something of the form ax+b, plus a remainder. It is from that remainder that you get the partial fraction decomposition.

    Does this make sense?
    Yes, it did a bit. Thank you for the speedy response!
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