Is there a closed form solution to

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- Oct 30th 2008, 12:47 AMsoloakewlstickclosed form solution?
Is there a closed form solution to

? - Oct 30th 2008, 02:05 AMCaptainBlack
Because:

integration by parts (spliting the integrand up ) will reduce this integral to a closed form plus a multiple of the integral:

so your question is equivalent to asking if this latter integral has a closed form representation in terms of a finite number of elementary functions and algebraic operations (it is well known not to be so expressible).

CB