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    Could somebody please explain how i can integrate these, i have tried but i just get lost.

    1) \int(2+0.5x-6x^2)dx

    2) \int(x-x^{-2}-x^{0.5})dx
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgottenMemorie View Post
    \int(2+0.5x-6x^2)dx

    \int (x - x^{-2} - x^{0.5}) dx Mr F asks: Is this what you meant?
    For both integrals, break them up into seperate integrals and use the rule \int x^n \, dx = \frac{1}{n+1} x^{n+1}, \, n \neq -1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    For both integrals, break them up into seperate integrals and use the rule \int x^n \, dx = \frac{1}{n+1} x^{n+1}, \, n \neq -1.
    For example, for question 1: \int x^2 \, dx = \frac{1}{2+1} x^{2+1},
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgottenMemorie View Post
    For example, for question 1: \int x^2 \, dx = \frac{1}{2+1} x^{2+1}, Mr F adds: {\color{red} = \frac{1}{3} x^3}.
    Hmmm well yes, I guess ....... in the sense that

    \int 2 + 0.5x - 6x^2 \, dx = \int 2 \, dx + 0.5 \int x \, dx - 6 \int x^2 \, dx

    and so you've done the last integral bit .....
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    I dont know how to do it, need help please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgottenMemorie View Post
    Could somebody please explain how i can integrate these, i have tried but i just get lost.

    1) \int(2+0.5x-6x^2)dx

    2) \int(x-x^{-2}-x^{0.5})dx
    \int{2+\frac{x}{2}-6x^2}dx...so using the general rule you get 2x+frac{x^2}{4}-2x^3+C

    and using the same method Mr. fantastic showed you you get the antiderivative of the other to be \frac{x^2}{2}+\frac{1}{x}-\frac{2x^{\frac{3}{2}}}{3}+C
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    Hey,

    I'm in Calc I right now, And I learned how to do this, so:

    There's two rules to keep in mind when you work these:

    Constant rule: You can kick a constant out of the integral to make it easier:

     \int af(x) \, dx = a\int f(x) \, dx

    And, you can break it up and integrate the smaller parts, for example:

     \int f(x) + g(x) + h(x) \, dx = \int f(x) \, dx + \int g(x) \, dx + \int h(x) \, dx

    And remember the antiderivative power rule that Mr. F presented:

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\int x^n \, dx = \frac{1}{n+1} x^{n+1}, \, n \neq -1<br />

    for example:

    Integrate:
    \int 2x^2 + 4x + 3 \, dx

    \int 2x^2 \, dx + \int 4x \, dx + \int 3 \, dx
    I broke it up into the integration of separate terms.

    2\int x^2 \, dx + 4\int x \, dx + \int 3 \, dx
    Then I isolated the constant in each term.

    Now we begin integration
    2 (\frac {1}{2+1} x^{2+1}) + 4 (\frac {1}{1+1} x^{1+1}) + 3x + C
    Here, we used the antiderivative power rule, as described by Mr. F and this simplifies to:

    \frac {2}{3}x^3 + 2x^2 + 3x + C

    And that's the integral.

    Also, think in terms of fractions 0.5 = \frac{1}{2} for the second problem, it will help enormously. And don't forget the plus C! very important.

    Hope this helps!
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