# Anti-derivatives

• Apr 9th 2008, 05:58 PM
coach2uf
Anti-derivatives
Simple anti-derivative problems. I missed the lecture on this and need to be walked through this:

Indefinite integral for: (4t-9)^-3

and

(x^2+2x-3)/(x^4)

thanks a lot
• Apr 9th 2008, 06:01 PM
Mathstud28
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Originally Posted by coach2uf
Simple anti-derivative problems. I missed the lecture on this and need to be walked through this:

Indefinite integral for: (4t-9)^-3

and

(x^2+2x-3)/(x^4)

thanks a lot

you have $\int{(4t-9)^3}dt$...now we can rewrite this as $\frac{1}{4}\int{(4t-9)^3}dt$....and now using the rules of $\int{f(g(x))\cdot{g'(x)}$ we can see the answer easily

and you also have $\int{x^2+2x-3}{x^4}$...split the fraction apart to get $\frac{x^2}{x^4}+\frac{2x}{x^4}-\frac{3}{x^4}$ and the answer should be readily apparent
• Apr 9th 2008, 06:06 PM
coach2uf
That's just it; I can't see the answer.

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Originally Posted by Mathstud28
you have $\int{(4t-9)^3}dt$...now we can rewrite this as $\frac{1}{4}\int{(4t-9)^3}dt$....and now using the rules of $\int{f(g(x))\cdot{g'(x)}$ we can see the answer easily

and you also have $\int{x^2+2x-3}{x^4}$...split the fraction apart to get $\frac{x^2}{x^4}+\frac{2x}{x^4}-\frac{3}{x^4}$ and the answer should be readily apparent

• Apr 9th 2008, 06:11 PM
Mathstud28
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Originally Posted by coach2uf
That's just it; I can't see the answer.

the first answer is $\frac{(4t-9)^4}{16}+C$...the second answer is $\frac{-1}{x}-\frac{1}{x^2}+\frac{1}{x^3}+C$
• Apr 9th 2008, 06:14 PM
coach2uf
How do you get there though?

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Originally Posted by Mathstud28
the first answer is $\frac{(4t-9)^4}{16}+C$...the second answer is $\frac{-1}{x}-\frac{1}{x^2}+\frac{1}{x^3}+C$

• Apr 9th 2008, 06:16 PM
Mathstud28
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Originally Posted by coach2uf
How do you get there though?

this is something you will have to learn but I will try to help $\int{ax^n}dx=anx^{n-1}$...and if you have $\int{f(g(x))\cdot{g'(x)}}$ you integrate it as though it was just $f(x)$ and then replace the $x$ with $g(x)$
• Apr 9th 2008, 06:18 PM
o_O
$\int(4t-9)^{-3}dt$

Let $u = 4t - 9$. So: $du = 4 dt \Rightarrow dt = \frac{du}{4}$

$\int(4t - 9)^{-3}dt = \int u^{-3} \cdot \frac{du}{4} = \frac{1}{4} \int u^{-3} du$

And this should be a standard one.

For the second one, what MathStud was saying was to split the fraction up:

$\int \frac{x^{2} - 2x + 3}{x^{4}} dx = \int \left( \frac{x^{2}}{x^{4}} - \frac{2x}{x^{4}} + \frac{3}{x^{4}}\right) dx$

See how each term cancels into something you can integrate rather easily?
• Apr 9th 2008, 06:26 PM
coach2uf
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Originally Posted by o_O
$\int(4t - 9)^{-3}dt = \int u^{-3} \cdot \frac{du}{4} = \frac{1}{4} \int u^{-3} du$
Wouldn't it be $u^{-4}$ ?