# Thread: Definite Integration

1. ## Definite Integration

The problem is $\int_1^e\frac{(\1+lnx)^2}{x}dx$

So, I figured that $u\equiv\1+lnx$,

then $\frac{du}{dx} = \frac{1}{x}\rightarrow{dx} = {x}{du}$

coming upon this step I am not entirely confident with what I am suppose to be substituting.

2. ## Re: Definite Integration

Originally Posted by Bashyboy
The problem is $\int_1^e\frac{(\1+lnx)^2}{x}dx$
So, I figured that $u\equiv\1+lnx$,
then $\frac{du}{dx} = \frac{1}{x}\rightarrow{dx} = {x}{du}$
coming upon this step I am not entirely confident with what I am suppose to be substituting.
$\mathop {\left. {\frac{{{{\left( {1 + \ln (x)} \right)}^3}}}{3}} \right|}\nolimits_{x = 1}^{x = e}$

3. ## Re: Definite Integration

Setting $u=1+\ln x$ then differential of the left side of the equation should equal the differential of the right side so $du=d(1+\ln x)=(1+\ln x)'dx=\frac{dx}{x}$ and you should do the following:

$\int\limits_1^c\frac{(1+\ln x)^2}{x}dx=\int\limits_1^c (1+\ln x)^2\frac{dx}{x}=\left\vert\begin{array}{l}1+\ln x=u \\ \frac{dx}{x}=du\\ 1\to 1+\ln 1=1\\ c\to 1+\ln c \end{array}\right\vert=\int\limits_1^{1+\ln c}u^2 du$

4. ## Re: Definite Integration

Okay, so I was on the correct path. I ended up with $\int_1^e\frac{u^2}{x}{x}{du}$,
but wasn't sure if it was it was correct; now, obviously, it is correct, but I can't seem to figure out why it is correct. I am just trying to justify every step, but it just seems unusual that the x's cancel out and stuff like that.

5. ## Re: Definite Integration

Mathoman, I am not exactly sure what is meant by "then differential of the left side of the equation should equal the differential of the right side."

6. ## Re: Definite Integration

Originally Posted by Bashyboy
Mathoman, I am not exactly sure what is meant by "then differential of the left side of the equation should equal the differential of the right side."
Did you see reply #2?
Try to get away from using u-substitution. Learn the forms differentiation takes on.

7. ## Re: Definite Integration

Plato, are you speaking of your reply, because I am not really sure how you arrived at your answer.

8. ## Re: Definite Integration

Originally Posted by Bashyboy
Plato, are you speaking of your reply, because I am not really sure how you arrived at your answer.
What is the derivative of $y=\frac{(1+\ln(x))^3}{3}~?$

Learn the basic derivative forms.

9. ## Re: Definite Integration

Originally Posted by Bashyboy
Mathoman, I am not exactly sure what is meant by "then differential of the left side of the equation should equal the differential of the right side."
He simply means that given u = 1 + ln x, the differential of u must be equal to the differential of 1 + ln x. The differential u is du, and the differential of 1 + ln x is dx/x. So when you do the substitution, you end up with the integral of u^2 from 1 to 1+ln e.

10. ## Re: Definite Integration

$\int_1^e \frac{(1+\ln{x})^2}{x} \, dx = \int_1^e \color{red}{(1+\ln{x})^2} \cdot \color{blue}{\frac{1}{x} \, dx} \, \color{black}{= \int_1^2} \color{red}{u^2} \, \color{blue}{du}$

11. ## Re: Definite Integration

Originally Posted by Plato
Did you see reply #2?
Try to get away from using u-substitution. Learn the forms differentiation takes on.
Plato, you should not discourage a student from using a correct method (especially one that is very straightforward, such as a u substitution), especially if it's the method the student has been told to use. Yes, it would be nice if a student can recognise what particular derivatives look like, and therefore what their antiderivatives look like, but that's an unrealistic expectation, as it requires students to remember far too much. It's much better to have students remember a single process than an uncountable number of derivatives.

12. ## Re: Definite Integration

I figured by doing the u-substitution I would have one sure-fire way of doing, and that I would also see how the derivative and integrals relate in the process; so, now, I am just trying to make sense of the u-substitution in each integration case.

13. ## Re: Definite Integration

Originally Posted by Bashyboy
I figured by doing the u-substitution I would have one sure-fire way of doing, and that I would also see how the derivative and integrals relate in the process; so, now, I am just trying to make sense of the u-substitution in each integration case.
Well like I said, a good strategy is to look for an inner function and see if its derivative is a multiple.

In this case, you have \displaystyle \begin{align*} \frac{\left(1 + \ln{x}\right)^2}{x} = \left(1 + \ln{x}\right)^2\frac{1}{x} \end{align*}

Can you see that if we use \displaystyle \begin{align*} 1 + \ln{x} \end{align*} as the inner function, its derivative is \displaystyle \begin{align*} \frac{1}{x} \end{align*}? So the integrand is of the form we require.

So we'd let \displaystyle \begin{align*} u = 1 + \ln{x} \implies \frac{du}{dx} = \frac{1}{x} \implies du = \frac{1}{x}\,dx \end{align*}, and note that when \displaystyle \begin{align*} x = 1, u = 1 \end{align*} and when \displaystyle \begin{align*} x = e, u = 2 \end{align*}, then the integral becomes

\displaystyle \begin{align*} \int_1^e{\left(1 + \ln{x}\right)^2\frac{1}{x}\,dx} &= \int_1^2{u^2\,du} \end{align*}

which is very easy to solve

14. ## Re: Definite Integration

Another way to go about it:

$\large \int_{1}^{e}\frac{(1+lnx)^{2}}{x}dx$

let $\large u = 1 + lnx$
$\large du = \frac{1}{x}dx$
$\large xdx = du$

Integrating indefinitely yields:

$\large \int \frac{(u)^{2}}{x}xdu = \int u^2 du = \frac{1}{3}u^3+c$

So...
$\large \int_{1}^{e}\frac{(1+lnx)^{2}}{x}dx$
$\large =\left [ \frac{1}{3}(1+lnx)^{3}+c \right ]_{1}^{e}$
And because the Cs cancel anyway:
$\large =\left [ \frac{1}{3}(1+lnx)^{3}\right ]_{1}^{e}$

This is how I've been taught to approach an example like this, I only change the upper and lower limits if substituting x back into the expression would make it unmanageable messy. Also, it's not so uncommon for all the Xs to cancel out of an example - when I learned how to integrate by substitution all the examples simplified greatly with the correct substitution.

15. ## Re: Definite Integration

And, just in case a picture helps...

... where (key in spoiler) ...

Spoiler:

... is the chain rule. Straight continuous lines differentiate downwards (integrate up) with respect to the main variable (in this case 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).

The general drift is...

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