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    Definite Integral

    I'm stumped by the following:

    I=\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}sin(\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha)dt

    I thought this would be pretty simple, I set u=\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha .

    \frac{du}{dt}=\frac{2\pi}{t}

    dt=\frac{tdu}{2\pi}

    So now I can write:

    I=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}tsin(u)du

    t=\frac{T(u+\alpha)}{2\pi}

    I=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}\frac{T(u+\a  lpha)}{2\pi}sin(u)du

    =\frac{T}{4\pi^2}\int_{0}^\frac{T}{2}(u+\alpha)sin  (u)du

    =\frac{T}{4\pi^2}\left(\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}usin(  u)du+\alpha \int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}sin(u)du\right)

    I know how to proceed from here using elementary methods of integration, but it seems as if I have made this more complicated than it should have been. I'm really bad at integration, so if anyone could point out a more obvious solution, or where I went wrong, that would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adkinsjr View Post
    I'm stumped by the following:

    I=\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}sin(\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha)dt

    I thought this would be pretty simple, I set u=\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha .

    \frac{du}{dt}=\frac{2\pi}{\textcolor{red}{T}}
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    Thanks, I didn't catch that. That definitely simplified things. It probably wouldn't have happened if I had used something other than a T as the constant. I got it confused with the variable t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adkinsjr View Post
    I'm stumped by the following:

    I=\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}sin(\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha)dt

    I thought this would be pretty simple, I set u=\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha .


    Why not directly? \int\limits_0^{\frac{T}{2}}\sin\!\!\left(\frac{2\p  i t}{T}-\alpha\right)dt=\frac{T}{2\pi}\,\int\limits_0^{\fr  ac{T}{2}}\left(\frac{2\pi}{T}\,dt\right)\sin\!\!\l  eft(\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha\right) =-\frac{T}{2\pi}\cos\!\!\left(\frac{2\pi t}{T}-\alpha\right)_0^{T\slash 2} =-\frac{T}{2\pi}\left[\cos(\pi-\alpha)-\cos\alpha\right] =\frac{T}{\pi}\cos\alpha

    I think this is simpler than substitution and stuff.

    Tonio




    \frac{du}{dt}=\frac{2\pi}{t}

    dt=\frac{tdu}{2\pi}

    So now I can write:

    I=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}tsin(u)du

    t=\frac{T(u+\alpha)}{2\pi}

    I=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}\frac{T(u+\a  lpha)}{2\pi}sin(u)du

    =\frac{T}{4\pi^2}\int_{0}^\frac{T}{2}(u+\alpha)sin  (u)du

    =\frac{T}{4\pi^2}\left(\int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}usin(  u)du+\alpha \int_{0}^{\frac{T}{2}}sin(u)du\right)

    [color=red]I know how to proceed from here using elementary methods of integration, but it seems as if I have made this more complicated than it should have been. I'm really bad at integration, so if anyone could point out a more obvious solution, or where I went wrong, that would be great.

    Thanks
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