I need to integrate this integral from -infinity to infinity,

∫▒〖(x^3 e^x)/(e^x+1)^2 dx〗

The question says I can look it up in integral table but I cannot find tables with this type of integral in it.

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- Dec 12th 2009, 05:54 PMthealbinointegral tables
I need to integrate this integral from -infinity to infinity,

∫▒〖(x^3 e^x)/(e^x+1)^2 dx〗

The question says I can look it up in integral table but I cannot find tables with this type of integral in it. - Dec 12th 2009, 07:38 PMsimplependulum
note that it is an odd function ( a fantastic odd function (Evilgrin) )

- Dec 12th 2009, 08:28 PMthealbino
So it cancels out to 0?

If that is the case then I need to integrate (x^4*e^x)/((e^x+1)^2).

I am doing a sommerfield expansion and I need another term to survive. - Dec 12th 2009, 08:58 PMsimplependulum
$\displaystyle I = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{ x^{2n} e^x }{ ( 1 + e^x )^2 } ~dx = 2(2n)! \zeta(2n)( 1 - 2^{1-2n} ) $

when $\displaystyle n = 2$

$\displaystyle I = 2(4)! \zeta(4) ( 1 - 2^{-3} ) = \frac{7}{15} \pi^4 $ - Dec 12th 2009, 09:08 PMthealbino
Perfect. Thank You.

- Dec 13th 2009, 04:22 AMmr fantastic
I haven't checked the details here but care must be taken with improper integrals of this type. An odd integrand does not mean that an improper integral of this type is equal to zero. It could be divergent. A case in point is $\displaystyle \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \frac{x}{1 + x^2} \neq 0$ ....

- Dec 14th 2009, 01:47 AMsimplependulum