So confused at this. I was sick when the class went through it and now I'm just looking at the questions with a blank face.

Right, so here's what they give us:

If for some constant a the integrand contains:

, let with

, let with

, let with

, let with

, let with

They have a sample solution that I can't even follow.

I get that 4 is 2^2, so 2 is a.

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Starting to lose track here. AFAIK, x should be 2 sin theta, though that doesn't explain why the 4 has been taken out.

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Confused by this stage. =|

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Confused.

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I'm pretty sure that's 2 times 2cos^2(theta), so I 'kinda' get this step. Still not sure how it got to this stage.

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Because ,

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Therefore

So yes, I essentially have no clue about how they got there. Anybody feel up to trying to explain this to me?