1. long complicated integral.

Does anyone know any shortcut to solve the following integral? As it stands the only way I know how to do it is to first use polynomial long division and then use integration with partial fractions. It is not necessarily difficult, it is just long and tedious, so I was wondering if there were any short cuts to lessen the chances of me making a careless error.

$\displaystyle \int\frac{2x^3+7x^2-15x+18}{2x^2+5x-3}$

2. Originally Posted by gammaman
Does anyone know any shortcut to solve the following integral? As it stands the only way I know how to do it is to first use polynomial long division and then use integration with partial fractions. It is not necessarily difficult, it is just long and tedious, so I was wondering if there were any short cuts to lessen the chances of me making a careless error.

$\displaystyle \int\frac{2x^3+7x^2-15x+18}{2x^2+5x-3}$
do the long division and the partial fractions ... yes it's tedious, but you probably need the algebra practice anyway.

3. $\displaystyle \begin{gathered} I = \int {\frac{{2x^3 + 7x^2 - 15x + 18}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx = \int {\frac{{\left( {x + 1} \right)\left( {2x^2 + 5x - 3} \right) - 7x + 21}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} } \hfill \\ \hfill \\ I = \int {\left( {x + 1} \right)dx - \underbrace {\int {\frac{{7x - 21}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} }_A} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}$

$\displaystyle A = \int {\frac{{7x - 21}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} = \frac{7} {4}\int {\frac{{4x - 12 + (5 - 5)}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} =$ $\displaystyle \frac{7} {4}\int {\frac{{4x - 12 + 5}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} - \frac{7} {4}\int {\frac{{17}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx}$

$\displaystyle A = \frac{7} {4}\int {\frac{{\left( {2x^2 + 5x - 3} \right)^\prime }} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} - \frac{{7 \cdot 17}} {4}\int {\frac{1} {{\left( {2x + \frac{5} {2}} \right)^2 - \frac{{37}} {4}}}dx}$

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4. Originally Posted by skeeter
do the long division and the partial fractions ... yes it's tedious, but you probably need the algebra practice anyway.
Your right I could really use the algebra practice. The only thing I am not solid on is how to make sure that I factor

2x^2+5x-3 correctly. I know that it is (2x-1)(x+3) but only because when you foil, you see that it is correct. Is there any short-cut to check that you factored correctly without having to foil?

5. Hello,
Originally Posted by Nacho
$\displaystyle \begin{gathered} I = \int {\frac{{2x^3 + 7x^2 - 15x + 18}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx = \int {\frac{{\left( {x + 1} \right)\left( {2x^2 + 5x - 3} \right) - {\color{red}7}x + 21}} {{2x^2 + 5x - 3}}dx} } \hfill \\ \end{gathered}$
I'm afraid it's -17x

6. Originally Posted by gammaman
2x^2+5x-3 correctly. I know that it is (2x-1)(x+3) but only because when you foil, you see that it is correct. Is there any short-cut to check that you factored correctly without having to foil?
$\displaystyle 2x^2 + 5x - 3 = \frac{{2\left( {2x^2 + 5x - 3} \right)}} {2} = \frac{{\left( {2x} \right)^2 + 5\left( {2x} \right) - 6}} {2} = \frac{{\left( {2x + 6} \right)\left( {2x - 1} \right)}} {2}$

Originally Posted by Moo
I'm afraid it's -17x
Is true, thanks... but the importante is the idea