HELP: Evaluate the integral
Use integration by parts twice.
Or observe that there exists polynomials such that:
and the polynomials must be quadratic. Now find such a
polynomial and you will have the indefinite integral for your
integral, so you can then apply the limits of integration to
get your definite integral.
RonL
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Let . Then:
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From the product rule:
Factorise, group like terms and simplify the left hand side:
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Equate coefficients of the quadratic on each side:
-a = 1 => a = -1.
2a - b = 0 => -2 - b = 0 => b = -2.
b - c = 1 => -2 - c = 1 => c = -3.
So .
Now integrate both sides, noting that the left hand side becomes .......
Let it first be said that the kudos goes to CaptainBlack (but I'll hold it in safe-keeping - for a while )
It works for integrands of the form:
(an example has already been seen).
or ,
where you would observe that there exists polynomials and of degree n such that gives the integrand.
Try integrating this way. There's a subtle difference to the example just done ....
If you think about it a bit, you'll think of more.
The idea boils down to making a shrewd guess or observation as to the form of function which, when differentiated, gives the integrand. The technique is sometimes refered to as integration by recognition.
Well, here was my first attempt
I got really confused at this point and realized I had chosen n=2 which should have been n=1
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Here was my second attempt, I set n=1 and used only cosine
Here I didn't know what to do with the acos(x) but I realized if I added -asin(x) to the initial formula, I could get it to go away, so I stuck that onto the initial formula:
a=-1
b=-1
Revising the Initial formula:
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Still didn't seem right, I tried it a third time using n=1 and both cos and sin
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Then I got frustrated, and checked my answer, and realized my second answer was correct, and I just differentiated it wrong when I checked it >.<
So I guess It's still confusing to me to figure out how to set this one up. I think I can do the e^(kx) ones, though. They seem much more straightforward.