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    evaulate the integral...

    the integral from 0 to infinity of x(e^x) dx
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiga killa View Post
    the integral from 0 to infinity of x(e^x) dx
    It diverges.

    \int_0^{\infty} xe^x\,dx = xe^x-e^x\big|_0^{\infty} = \infty+1 = \infty
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsoxfan325 View Post
    It diverges.

    \int_0^{\infty} xe^x\,dx = xe^x-e^x\big|_0^{\infty} = \infty+1 = \infty
    I guess the "correct" question is \int_0^{\infty} xe^{-x}\,dx
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiga killa View Post
    the integral from 0 to infinity of x(e^{-x}) dx
    Use integration by parts:

    \int_0^{\infty}xe^{-x}\,dx = -xe^{-x}-e^{-x}\big|_0^{\infty} = \lim_{a\to\infty}-ae^{-a}-e^{-a} + 1

    -ae^{-a} = -e^{\ln a}e^{-a} = -e^{\ln(a)-a} = -e^{\ln(a)-\ln(e^a)} = -e^{\ln(\frac{a}{e^a})}

    \lim_{a\to\infty}\frac{a}{e^a} = \lim_{a\to\infty}\frac{1}{e^a} = 0

    So \lim_{a\to\infty}-e^{\ln(\frac{a}{e^a})} = -e^{\ln(0)} = -e^{-\infty} = 0
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