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    Relating a function and its derivative?

    I am trying to find the definite integral of tanx^3, with pi/6 at the top of the integral sign and -pi/6 on the bottom.

    The only problem I have is that I do not see how this fits the profile of:

    f(g(x))*g'(x)

    What would the g(x) be in tanx^3? Once I have that I have no problems finding the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redman223 View Post
    I am trying to find the definite integral of tanx^3, with pi/6 at the top of the integral sign and -pi/6 on the bottom.

    The only problem I have is that I do not see how this fits the profile of:

    f(g(x))*g'(x)

    What would the g(x) be in tanx^3? Once I have that I have no problems finding the rest.
    \int\tan^3(x)dx=\int\tan(x)(\sec^2(x)-1)dx= \int\bigg[\tan(x)\sec^2(x)-\tan(x)\bigg]dx

    The last one you should know how to do.

    If not, for the first part let u=\tan(x) and for the second rewrite it as a quotient of sine and cosine and then let u=\cos(x)
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    I don't understand what to do with u=tanx

    If I use tanx for u, then u' would be secx^2, but what would f(x) be?

    I only know how to solve these with the equation f(g(x))*g'(x), where g(x) is u, but I am having trouble setting it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redman223 View Post
    I don't understand what to do with u=tanx

    If I use tanx for u, then u' would be secx^2, but what would f(x) be?

    I only know how to solve these with the equation f(g(x))*g'(x), where g(x) is u, but I am having trouble setting it up.
    u=\tan(x)\Rightarrow{du=\sec^2(x)}

    Or you can see that f(x)=\left(\tan(x)\right)^1 and g(x)=\tan(x)\Rightarrow{g'(x)=\sec^2(x)}
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    So tanx*secx^2 = tanx^3?

    If that is true, I am having trouble seeing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redman223 View Post
    So tanx*secx^2 = tanx^3?

    If that is true, I am having trouble seeing it.
    No... \tan(x)\times\left[\sec^2(x)-1\right]=tan^3(x)

    But we need to distribute it through...

    thus, we get \tan(x)\sec^2(x)-\tan(x)

    Integrating we have \int \tan(x)\sec^2(x)\,dx-\int\tan(x)\,dx

    Focusing on the first integral...
    \int \tan(x)\sec^2(x)\,dx

    Let u=\tan(x) [note that the value for u is also our g(x)]. Thus, \frac{du}{dx}=\sec^2(x) [again, this is the same as g'(x)].

    Thus, what we are left with then is \int u\,du=\frac{1}{2}u^2=\frac{1}{2}\tan^2(x)

    Now the second integral...

    \int\tan(x)\,dx

    Rewriting the integrand you have \int\frac{\sin(x)}{\cos(x)}\,dx

    Let u=\cos(x) [this is our g(x)]. Thus, \frac{du}{dx}=-\sin(x) [this is g'(x)].

    However, this doesn't quite match the g'(x) value in the integrand \sin(x). To fix this, multiply by \frac{-1}{-1}

    Thus, we see the integral become -\int\frac{\,du}{u}=-\ln|u|=-\ln|\cos(x)|.

    Combining the two, we see \int\tan^3(x)\,dx=\int\left[\tan(x)\sec^2(x)-\tan(x)\right]\,dx=\frac{1}{2}\tan^2(x)+\ln|\cos(x)|

    Now evaluate from -\frac{\pi}{6} to \frac{\pi}{6}

    Does this make a little more sense?
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    The only thing that I am having trouble understanding is why tan(x)sec(x)^2-tan(x) = tan(x)^3.
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    Hey you dont need all that!

    I = \int_{-\frac{\pi}{6}}^{\frac{\pi}{6}} \tan^3 x \, dx

    Substitute x \to -x, dx \to -dx

    I = \int_{\frac{\pi}{6}}^{-\frac{\pi}{6}} \tan^3 (-x) \, (-dx)

    I = -\int_{-\frac{\pi}{6}}^{\frac{\pi}{6}} -\tan^3 (x) \, (-dx)

    I = -\int_{-\frac{\pi}{6}}^{\frac{\pi}{6}} \tan^3 (x) \, dx

    I = -I \Rightarrow 2I = 0 \Rightarrow I = 0

    In fact for any odd function f(x), and any real number a,

    \int_{-a}^a f(x)\, dx = 0
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