# Thread: Integration by Trig Substitution

1. ## Integration by Trig Substitution

I am trying to integrate the following indefinite integral. 1/(x^2+2x+2)^2. I have this equal to 1/((x+1)^2+1)^2. The sides of the triangle are thus: hypotenuse = (x+1)^2+1,side A = x+1,side B = 1. Therefore with trig substitution I get the following equation to integrate: secant^2 theta/secant^2 theta. However I should get secant^2 theta/secant^4 theta. Can somebody point out where I have screwed up?

2. Originally Posted by p75213
I am trying to integrate the following indefinite integral. 1/(x^2+2x+2)^2. I have this equal to 1/((x+1)^2+1)^2. The sides of the triangle are thus: hypotenuse = (x+1)^2+1,side A = x+1,side B = 1. Therefore with trig substitution I get the following equation to integrate: secant^2 theta/secant^2 theta. However I should get secant^2 theta/secant^4 theta. Can somebody point out where I have screwed up?
What is your substitution ?

3. x = tan theta - 1 -> secant^2 theta dtheta = dx
secant theta = (x+1)^2 + 1

4. Originally Posted by p75213
x = tan theta - 1 -> secant^2 theta dtheta = dx
secant theta = (x+1)^2 + 1
Note that: there is a square on the whole denominator in the original integral ..

5. Yes. The legs of the triangle are wrong. I guess I am asking how to arrive at the correct length of each leg. This one has me stumped. I'm sure it's not difficult but for some reason I just can't see it.