# Thread: Integral of a quotient

1. ## Integral of a quotient

The question:
Find the integral of $\displaystyle \int^9_4{\frac{x^3 - x}{x^{\frac{3}{2}}}}$

I'm not sure where to start. My first thought was to split it into two integrals like so:

$\displaystyle \int^9_4(x^3 - x) \int^9_4{\frac{1}{x^{\frac{3}{2}}}}$

But from what I can tell, you cannot split an integral like that. Any ideas? Thanks.

2. Originally Posted by Glitch
The question:
Find the integral of $\displaystyle \int^9_4{\frac{x^3 - x}{x^{\frac{3}{2}}}}$

I'm not sure where to start. My first thought was to split it into two integrals like so:

$\displaystyle \int^9_4(x^3 - x) \int^9_4{\frac{1}{x^{\frac{3}{2}}}}$

But from what I can tell, you cannot split an integral like that. Any ideas? Thanks.
Sorry, but what you have done is very wrong. Would you find $\displaystyle \displaystyle \int x^2 \, dx$ by splitting it up as $\displaystyle \displaystyle \int x \, dx \int x \, dx$ ?

You are expected to note that $\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{x^3 - x}{x^{3/2}} = \frac{x^2 - 1}{x^{1/2}} = \frac{x^2}{x^{1/2}} - \frac{1}{x^{1/2}} = x^{3/2} - x^{-1/2}$.

3. Ahh yes, I realised I could do that not long after posting. >_<

Just to be sure, does this look correct?

$\displaystyle ^9_4[\frac{2}{7}x^{\frac{7}{2}}] - ^9_4[-2x^{\frac{1}{2}}]$

4. Originally Posted by Glitch
Ahh yes, I realised I could do that not long after posting. >_<

Just to be sure, does this look correct?

$\displaystyle ^9_4[\frac{2}{7}x^{\frac{7}{2}}] - ^9_4[-2x^{\frac{1}{2}}]$
No. The first term is wrong and the second term contains an error.

It should be $\displaystyle ^9_4[\frac{2}{5}x^{\frac{5}{2}}] - ^9_4[2x^{\frac{1}{2}}]$

5. Wow, I really am going crazy. >_<

Thanks.