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    how do you integrate x-1/x+1 dx from 0 to 1


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    Quote Originally Posted by sheven
    how do you integrate x-1/x+1 dx from 0 to 1

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    Hello,

    I assume that you want to calculate \int^{1}_{0} \frac{x-1}{x+1} dx from 0 to 1.

    First do a long division: \frac{x-1}{x+1} =1-\frac{2}{x+1}.

    And now you get: \int^{1}_{0} \frac{x-1}{x+1} dx=\left[x-2\cdot \ln(x+1) \right]^{1}_{0}

    Put in the borders:

    \left( 1-2\cdot \ln(2) \right)-\left(0-2\cdot \ln(1) \right)=1-2\cdot \ln(2)

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    Last edited by earboth; February 22nd 2006 at 08:47 PM.
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    Instead of doing a long division, remember this trick:

    \frac{{x - 1}}{{x + 1}} = \frac{{x + 1 - 2}}{{x + 1}} = \frac{{x + 1}}{{x + 1}} - \frac{2}{{x + 1}} = 1 - \frac{2}{{x + 1}}
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    I have one more method
    Instead of doing long divison or the trick. You can use substitution,
    u=x+1, then u-2=x-1
    Thus, by the substitution rule, (note that \frac{du}{dx}=1
    \int\frac{u-2}{u}{du}
    Thus,
    \int u-\frac{2}{u}du
    Thus,
    \frac{1}{2}u^2-2\ln |u| +C
    Substitute back,
    \frac{1}{2}(x+1)^2-2\ln |x+1|+C.
    Q.E.D.
    Last edited by ThePerfectHacker; February 23rd 2006 at 12:21 PM.
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