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    Residue Theorem

    I cant figure out where the singularities are on this Q!

    Q: Use a large semicircular contour and the residue theorem to evaluate:
    \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{x^2}{x^4 + 1} dx.

    Lets call the integral above I.

    Then I = 2 \pi i \sum residues of \frac{z^2}{z^4 + 1}.

    Then when i find these residues i sub them into \frac{z^2}{4z^3} = \frac{1}{4z} to get the residues but i cant figure out what z should be. It SHOULD be e^{\frac{\pi i}{4}} and e^{\frac{3 \pi i}{4}} but i have no idea how to get those. I got \sqrt{i} and  i \sqrt{i}. Are those equivalent?!?
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    If z^4+1=0 then z^4=-1. So you are looking for fourth roots of 1. How do you find them? (Answer: De Moivre's theorem. Write 1 as e^{i\pi} and raise it to the power 1/4.)
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