1. Rigorous Integration

$\int(\sqrt((x+1)/(x-2))
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2. Re: Rigorous Integration

Originally Posted by Cbarker1
$\int(\sqrt((x+1)/(x-2))$
integral sqrt((x+1)/(x-2)) dx - Wolfram|Alpha

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3. Re: Rigorous Integration

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4. Re: Rigorous Integration

Originally Posted by Cbarker1
I am confusion how that could be legal in the math world.
I am confusion how that could be legal in the math world.

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5. Re: Rigorous Integration

I have difficulty written sentences. But i know what i am talking about.
Sorry.
I rewrite that sentence to a questions.

Why the steps in Wolfram Alpha could be correct? If yes, how?

6. Re: Rigorous Integration

Wolfram Alpha suggests using the substitution $u= \frac{x+1}{x- 1}$ precisely what is inside the square root. With that, the integrand becomes just $\sqrt{u}= u^{1/2}$. Now, what about dx?

Well, if $u= \frac{x+1}{x-1}$ then u(x- 1)= ux- u= x+ 1 so ux- x= u+ 1, x(u- 1)= u+1, and $x= \frac{u+1}{u- 1}$. From that, $dx= \frac{(u-1)- (u+1)}{(u-1)^2}du= -\frac{2}{(u-1)^2}du$.

Then $\int\sqrt{\frac{x+1}{x-1}}dx= \int u^{1/2}\left(-\frac{2}{(u-1)^2}\right)du$