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I'm getting a slightly different answer: I don't come up with the , but I've got everything else. Any ideas what I could have missed?

I went the route and got and .

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- Jun 11th 2008, 09:45 PMdataspotpartial fractions integral
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I'm getting a slightly different answer: I don't come up with the , but I've got everything else. Any ideas what I could have missed?

I went the route and got and . - Jun 11th 2008, 09:50 PMdataspot
The steps the book follows confuse me, too. You can see them at calcchat.com|Textbook: Calculus, 8th Edition|Chapter 8|Section 5|Exercise 15.

Such as where that and came from in step 1. - Jun 11th 2008, 11:03 PMmr fantastic
Since the degree of the numerator is larger than the degree of the denominator you have to do a long division and divide the quadratic into the cubic before attempting to get a partial fraction decomposition. The result of the long division is

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Now you can attempt to get a partial fraction decomposition ........ of .