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    Integration (2)

    Using the substitution x = 1/y or otherwise, find ∫ {1/[x (x^2 - 1)^0.5]} dx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangera View Post
    Using the substitution x = 1/y or otherwise, find ∫ {1/[x (x^2 - 1)^0.5]} dx.
    Substituting x=1/y you should get -\int \frac{\mathrm{d}y}{\sqrt{1-y^2}}. Now recall that the derivative of y\mapsto \arccos y is y\mapsto \frac{-1}{\sqrt{1-y^2}} and you are done.
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    \int \frac{1}{x\sqrt{x^{2}-1}} \: dx

    x = \frac{1}{y} \: \: \Rightarrow \: \: dx = -\frac{1}{y^2} \: dy

    Making the sub:
    \int \frac{1}{\frac{1}{y}\sqrt{\left(\frac{1}{y}\right)  ^{2} - 1}} \: \left(-\frac{1}{y^2} \: dy\right) \: \: = \: \: -\int \frac{1}{y\sqrt{\frac{1}{y^2} - 1}} \: dy

    Now, imagine: y = \sqrt{y^2}

    -\int \frac{1}{\sqrt{y^{2}}\sqrt{\frac{1}{y^2} - 1}} \: dy \: \: = \: \: -\int \frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - y^{2}}} \: dy

    Does arccos/arcsin ring a bell?
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    \arccos \frac{1}{x} only works for positive x. Remember, \sqrt{x^2} = |x| \color{red}\neq x

    I have a more general solution.

    \int \frac{1}{x\sqrt{1-x^2}}~dx

    Now I'll do something that you'll understand the reason later.

    \int \frac{x}{x^2\sqrt{1-x^2}}~dx

    Let u=\sqrt{x^2-1}. Then u^2 = x^2-1. And u~du = x~dx. Now substitute everything,

    \int \frac{u}{(u^2+1)u}~du = \int \frac{1}{u^2+1}~du = \arctan u+C

    = \arctan \sqrt{x^2-1}+C
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