Originally Posted by
jaijay32 Let's say you had the integration problem (5x+7)^20. You would let u=5x+7 and du=5dx and so .2du=dx, and so you would end up with the integration of u^20 times .2 du. You could then bring out the constant term .2, and you would end up with .2 times the integration of u^20 du.
However, I remember that there are times in which you would multiply one side of the equation by a constant, then multiply the other side by its reciprocal after integrating the terms inside the integral. When is this exactly done? I don't think you do this in u-substitution, but I distinctly remember some instances in which you multiply by the reciprocal, not by the normal constant.