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    Simple but messed up

    In my book the integral of a^x is directly given as \int a^xdx=\frac{a^x}{log a}
    Can anyone tell me how can we derive it?
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    Use the identity a^x=e^{\text{log}(a)x}.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roshanhero View Post
    In my book the integral of a^x is directly given as \int a^xdx=\frac{a^x}{log a}
    Can anyone tell me how can we derive it?
    let y = a^x, then \ln y = x \ln a and \frac{1}{y} \frac{dy}{dx} = \ln a, or dx = \frac{1}{y} \frac{dy}{\ln a}

    and the integral became

    \int a^xdx=\int y \frac{1}{y} \frac{dy}{\ln a} = \frac{a^x}{\ln a}
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    Hi , First of All take your book away. it is not a mathematics , maybe it is

    Literature book .

    Solve The Integral By This Way :

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\int a^x dx = \int \left({e^{\ln a}}\right)^x dx =  \int {{e^{(\ln a)x}}} dx<br />

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u=x\ln a \rightarrow du = dx\ln a<br />

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\int e^u \frac {du}{\ln a}=\ln a\int e^u = \frac {1}{\ln a} {a^x}<br />

    Note :

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e^u = e^{x \ln a}  =\left( e^{\ln a} \right)^{x} = a^x<br /> <br />
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    Quote Originally Posted by roshanhero View Post
    In my book the integral of a^x is directly given as \int a^xdx=\frac{a^x}{log a}
    Can anyone tell me how can we derive it?
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