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**jaijay32** I have to integrate x times the square root of (x+3) and tried it using integration by parts. If u=x, du=dx, and v=the integration of the square root of (x+3), which is 2/3 times (x+3) raised to the 3/2 power, right?

So, the answer works out to 2/3x times (x+3)^3/2 minus 2/3 times (x+3)^3/2, right?

Also, is the conventional way to solve this integration by parts, or by substitution? I want to know because the answer that you get by u-sub looks a lot different from my answer, and I need to know in case on a multiple choice exam, the test-maker has decided to solve it using u-sub. I thought that you generally don't use u-sub unless you have the derivative of the function (in this case, we have an extra x, which seems to me a cue to not use u-sub).