Ok so I tried U-subbing sqrt(x^2-4), but I didn't get anywhere. Then I though hmm, maybe trig-sub will do the trick, but I also got stuck there. I don't know what's left to do!
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The integral is:
sqrt(x-sqrt(x^2-4))
Ok so I tried U-subbing sqrt(x^2-4), but I didn't get anywhere. Then I though hmm, maybe trig-sub will do the trick, but I also got stuck there. I don't know what's left to do!
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The integral is:
sqrt(x-sqrt(x^2-4))
what makes you think this integral has a closed-form antiderivative in the first place?
Wolfram's result ...
integrate sqrt(x - sqrt(4-x^2)) dx - Wolfram|Alpha
Wolfram DOES give me an answer...
integral[Sqrt[x - Sqrt[x^2 - 4]]] - Wolfram|Alpha
But no steps...
A shame it can't remember, but what Wolfram probably did is notice that the derivative of the integrand is virtually that integrand divided by
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... and therefore do integration by parts (twice) on the product, ...
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The rest...
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