Evaluate the integral

integral (0, pi/2) 60cos^5 xdx...

I have no idea how to solve..

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- March 9th 2010, 08:11 PMJgirl689Integration problem
Evaluate the integral

integral (0, pi/2) 60cos^5 xdx...

I have no idea how to solve.. - March 9th 2010, 08:15 PMTKHunny
Integration by parts will produce a reduction formula.

- March 9th 2010, 08:21 PMProve It
- March 9th 2010, 10:34 PMPulock2009many ways to solve this
i find several ways to solve this:

1)you can expand cos^5x in terms of multiples of x using euler's formula considering y=cosx+isinx and 1/y=cosx-isinx.

2)you can use a reduction formula as TKHunny said and

3)the way 'prove it' did it

4)and lastly u can perhaps use some property of definite integrals:

integration(0,pi/2)f(x)=integration(0,pi/2)f(pi/2-x).

i have not tested any of these methods though but i think they are all very feasible. - March 9th 2010, 10:52 PMProve It