Hi all!

I am working on this Integration by partial fraction question and I used the -b formula to factor the bottom line but I'm not sure where to go from here. I would really appreciate any help!

$\displaystyle \int \frac{1}{x^2-2x-1}dx$

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- Mar 23rd 2010, 04:42 AMNFZ17Integration by partial fractions
Hi all!

I am working on this Integration by partial fraction question and I used the -b formula to factor the bottom line but I'm not sure where to go from here. I would really appreciate any help!

$\displaystyle \int \frac{1}{x^2-2x-1}dx$ - Mar 23rd 2010, 04:56 AMArchie Meade
Hi NFZ17,

so you have $\displaystyle x^2-2x-1=(x-1-\sqrt{2})(x-1+\sqrt{2})$

then

$\displaystyle \frac{1}{x^2-2x-1}=\frac{A}{x-1-\sqrt{2}}+\frac{B}{x-1+\sqrt{2}}$

$\displaystyle 1=A(x-1+\sqrt{2})+B(x-1-\sqrt{2})$

Finish up by placing $\displaystyle x=1+\sqrt{2}$ to find A, and $\displaystyle x=1-\sqrt{2}$ to find B - Mar 23rd 2010, 05:04 AMProve It
Alternatively:

$\displaystyle \int{\frac{1}{x^2 - 2x - 1}\,dx} = \int{\frac{1}{x^2 - 2x + (-1)^2 - (-1)^2 - 1}\,dx}$

$\displaystyle = \int{\frac{1}{(x - 1)^2 - 2}\,dx}$.

Now you can make the substitution $\displaystyle x - 1 = \sqrt{2}\cosh{t}$ so that $\displaystyle dx = \sqrt{2}\sinh{t}\,dt$.

Note that $\displaystyle t = \textrm{arcosh}\,{\left(\frac{\sqrt{2}(x - 1)}{2}\right)}$.

The integral becomes:

$\displaystyle \int{\frac{1}{(\sqrt{2}\cosh{t})^2 - 2}\,\sqrt{2}\sinh{t}\,dt}$

$\displaystyle = \int{\frac{\sqrt{2}\sinh{t}}{2\cosh^2{t} - 2}\,dt}$

$\displaystyle = \int{\frac{\sqrt{2}\sinh{t}}{2(\cosh^2{t} - 1)}\,dt}$

$\displaystyle = \int{\frac{\sqrt{2}\sinh{t}}{2\sinh^2{t}}\,dt}$

$\displaystyle = \int{\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\,dt}$

$\displaystyle = \frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}t + C$

$\displaystyle = \frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\textrm{arcosh}\,{\left(\frac{\s qrt{2}(x - 1)}{2}\right)} + C$. - Mar 23rd 2010, 06:18 AMNFZ17
Thanks a million lads!

Archie, I used your method and came up with...

$\displaystyle \frac{1}{2\sqrt2} ln[x-1+\sqrt2]-\frac{1}{2\sqrt2} ln[x-1-\sqrt2]+c$

Does this look right? I'm a disaster when it comes to surds! - Mar 23rd 2010, 06:28 AMArchie Meade
Hi NFZ17,

double check your values for A and B to see if you've got the two

parts with surds the right way around in your final answer. - Mar 23rd 2010, 06:47 AMNFZ17
- Mar 23rd 2010, 06:54 AMArchie Meade
- Mar 23rd 2010, 07:15 AMNFZ17
Thank Archie!

$\displaystyle \frac{1}{2\sqrt2} ln[x-1-\sqrt2]-\frac{1}{2\sqrt2} ln[x-1+\sqrt2]+c$

I hope this is right!