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    integration involving exponentials

    Hi, I have a question and the answer but i am slightly uncertain how the answer is achieved and was wondering if someone could please explain it to me.

    Q: Using the fact that 2/(e^[2x]+1)=1 - (e^[2x]-1)/(e^[2x]+1)

    integrate 1/(e^[2x]+1) with respect to x

    A: 1/2{x-ln(e^x+e^-x)}+c

    any help would be great thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by wahhdoe View Post
    Hi, I have a question and the answer but i am slightly uncertain how the answer is achieved and was wondering if someone could please explain it to me.

    Q: Using the fact that 2/(e^[2x]+1)=1 - (e^[2x]-1)/(e^[2x]+1)

    integrate 1/(e^[2x]+1) with respect to x

    A: 1/2{x-ln(e^x+e^-x)}+c

    any help would be great thanks
    I don't think that any particularly clever idea is required to solve this integral, just substitute z := e^{2x}+1, thus dz=2e^{2x}\,dx and therefore dx=\frac{dz}{2(z-1)}.
    This gives

    \int \frac{1}{e^{2x}+1}\, dx=\frac{1}{2}\int \frac{dz}{z(z-1)}=\frac{1}{2}\int\left[\frac{1}{z-1}-\frac{1}{z}\right]\,dz=\ldots
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    Although perhaps they meant...

    \frac{1}{e^{2x} + 1}

    =\ \frac{1}{2}\ [1\ -\ \frac{e^{2x} - 1}{e^{2x} + 1}]

    =\ \frac{1}{2}\ [1\ -\ \frac{e^x - e^{-x}}{e^{x} + e^{-x}}]

    And now the top is the derivative of the bottom. So you can do...



    ... where



    ... is the chain rule. Straight continuous lines differentiate downwards (integrate up) with respect to x, and the straight dashed line similarly but with respect to the dashed balloon expression (the inner function of the composite which is subject to the chain rule).

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