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    Confused with Integration Problem

    Can you please show me how to solve this integral? I = (x+2)/(x^2+x) dx
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    Re: Confused with Integration Problem

    Have you tried partial fraction decomposition?
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    Re: Confused with Integration Problem

    By partial fraction expansion:

    \begin{align*}\frac{A}{x} + \frac{B}{x+1} =& \frac{x+2}{x^2+x}......\text{(1)}\\ A(x+1) + Bx =& x + 2\\ (A+B)x + A =& x + 2\end{align*}

    A + B = 1......\text{(2)}

    A = 2.............\text{(3)}

    \therefore\,\,B = -1

    Now plugging these values of A and B into (1) and integrating both sides:

    \begin{align*}\int \frac{x+2}{x^2+x}\,\,dx =&  \int \left(\frac{A}{x} + \frac{B}{x+1}\right)\,\,dx\\ =& \int \frac{2}{x}\,\,dx - \int \frac{1}{x+1}\,\,dx\\ =&  2\ln{(x)} - \ln{(x+1)} + C\end{align*}
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    Re: Confused with Integration Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by x3bnm View Post
    By partial fraction expansion:

    \begin{align*}\frac{A}{x} + \frac{B}{x+1} =& \frac{x+2}{x^2+x}......\text{(1)}\\ A(x+1) + Bx =& x + 2\\ (A+B)x + A =& x + 2\end{align*}

    A + B = 1......\text{(2)}

    A = 2.............\text{(3)}

    \therefore\,\,B = -1

    Now plugging these values of A and B into (1) and integrating both sides:

    \begin{align*}\int \frac{x+2}{x^2+x}\,\,dx =&  \int \left(\frac{A}{x} + \frac{B}{x+1}\right)\,\,dx\\ =& \int \frac{2}{x}\,\,dx - \int \frac{1}{x+1}\,\,dx\\ =&  2\ln{(x)} - \ln{(x+1)} + C\end{align*}
    Actually it's \displaystyle \begin{align*} 2\ln{|x|} - \ln{|x+1|} + C \end{align*}.
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