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\int \frac {1}{x^2-1} dx<br />

    any ideas? cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by jvignacio View Post
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\int \frac {1}{x^2-1} dx<br />

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    x^2-1=(x-1)(x+1)

    \frac{1}{x^2-1}=\frac 12 \left(\frac{1}{x-1}-\frac{1}{x+1}\right)
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    \int \frac {1}{x^2-1} dx = -\int \frac {1}{1-x^2} dx

     = - arctanh (x)

    or

     = - arccoth (x)
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