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    [SOLVED] Quick easy integration question

    Is  \int \sin x \cos x = \frac{\sin^2 x}{2} ?

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    Integrate the product

    Sure easy
    sinx*cosx = 0.5sin2x
    Can you take it from here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henryt999 View Post
    Sure easy
    sinx*cosx = 0.5sin2x
    Perhaps you could you give a more detailed explanation... Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nunos View Post
    Is  \int \sin x \cos x = \frac{\sin^2 x}{2} ?

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    Almost, you need a constant of integration though

    I = -\frac{1}{4}\cos (2x) + k = \frac{sin^2(x)}{2} + C where k is a constant and where C = k - \frac{1}{4}
    Last edited by e^(i*pi); February 2nd 2010 at 07:41 AM. Reason: misread original question
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    Sure

    2sinx*cosx = sin2x

    \frac{2*sinx*cosx}{2} = 0.5*sin(2x)

    And you know how to integrate that?
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    What I thought was using what I believe to be some sort of the "power rule".

    When one does \int x = \int x . x' = \frac{x}{2}

    so, one can apply that here:

    \int \sin x \cos x = \int \sin x (\sin x)' = \frac{\sin^2 x}{2}

    Is this thought process, correct, or have I made any mistake?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by nunos; February 2nd 2010 at 08:02 AM. Reason: rewrited for more clarity
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    Yes, that is correct. Let u= sin(x). Then du= cos(x) dx so your integral is
    \int sin(x)cos(x) dx= \int u du= \frac{1}{2}u^2+ C= \frac{sin^2(x)}{2}+ C.


    Note that you could also let u= cos(x). Then du= -sin(x)dx so your integral is
    \int sin(x)cos(x)dx= \int cos(x) (sin(x)dx)= -\int u du= -\frac{1}{2}u^2+ C'= -\frac{cos^2(x)}{2}+ C'.

    Since cos^2(x)= 1- sin^2(x), -\frac{cos^2(x)}{2}+ C'= -\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{sin^2(x)}{2}+ C'. The two solutions are the same with C= C'- 1/2.


    Henryt999 was pointing to a completely different but still valid solution. Since sin(2x)= 2sin(x)cos(x), sin(x)cos(x)= (1/2)sin(2x) and your integral becomes \frac{1}{2}\int sin(2x)dx. Now let u= 2x so that du= 2 dx and dx= (1/2)du. Your integral is

    \frac{1}{2}\int sin(2x)dx= \frac{1}{2}\int u (\frac{1}{2}du) = \frac{1}{4}\int sin(u)du= -\frac{1}{4}cos(u)+ C''= -\frac{1}{4}cos(2x)+ C''.

    But, now, cos(2x)= cos^2(x)- sin^2(x) so that solution is the same as \frac{1}{4}(cos^2(x)- sin^2(x))+ C''. Replacing sin^2(x) with 1- cos^2(x), that becomes \frac{1}{4}(cos^2(x)- 1+ cos^(x))+ C'' = \frac{1}{4}(2 cos^2(x)- 1)+ C''= \frac{cos^2(x)}{2}+ C''- \frac{1}{4}, the same as our second solution with C'= C''- \frac{1}{4} and so the same as our first solution with C= C''- \frac{3}{4}.
    Last edited by HallsofIvy; February 2nd 2010 at 08:48 AM.
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    Thanks HallsofIvy for your very clear explanation. I get it you know.
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