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    Integral. Substituting makes it more complex

    \int x \arccos{\sqrt{x}}dx
    \arccos{\sqrt{x}}=u
    -\frac{1}{2\sqrt{x-x^2}}dx=du
    \int udv=uv-\int vdu
    then
    \frac{\arccos{\sqrt{x}}x^2}{2}+\frac{1}{4}\int\fra  c{{x^2}}{{\sqrt{x-x^2}}}dx
    Last edited by totalnewbie; January 3rd 2007 at 12:48 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by totalnewbie View Post
    \int x \arccos{\sqrt{x}}dx
    \arccos{\sqrt{x}}=u
    -\frac{1}{2\sqrt{x-x^2}}dx=du
    \int udv=uv-\int vdu
    then
    \frac{\arccos{\sqrt{x}}x^2}{2}+\frac{1}{4}\int\fra  c{{x^2}}{{\sqrt{x-x^2}}}dx
    I am note sure what you are doing.
    Given the integral,
    \int x\cos^{-1} \sqrt{x} dx
    You can do it by parts,
    u=x and v'=\cos^{-1} \sqrt{x}
    Thus,
    u'=1 and v=\int \cos^{-1} \sqrt{x} dx

    But the question is,
    What is,
    \int \cos^{-1} \sqrt{x} dx
    You can write,
    2\int \sqrt{x} \cos^{-1} \sqrt{x} \cdot \frac{1}{2\sqrt{x}} dx
    Let,
    u=\sqrt{x} then, u'=\frac{1}{2\sqrt{x}}
    Thus,
    2\int u\cos^{-1} u du
    You can let,
    a=u and b'=\cos^{-1}u
    Thus,
    a'=1 and b=\int \cos^{-1} u du
    Then, we need to find what,
    \int \cos^{-1}udu is?
    To do that we can write,
    \int (1)\cos^{-1} udu
    Let,
    c'=1 and d=\cos^{-1} u
    Then,
    c=u and d'=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}.
    Thus, by parts,
    u\cos^{-1} u-\int \frac{u}{\sqrt{1-u^2}} du
    But then what is?
    \int \frac{u}{\sqrt{1-u^2}} du
    You can write,
    -\frac{1}{2}\int \frac{-2u}{\sqrt{1-u^2}} du
    Let, t=1-u^2 then t'=-2u.
    Thus,
    -\frac{1}{2} \int \frac{1}{\sqrt{t}}dt
    This is certainly doable!

    The details, and the actual integral I leave to you do complete. (Maybe, there is an easier way, but this is one of the longest I seen).
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    Hello, totalnewbie!

    Make a substitution first . . . then do it by parts.


    \int x\cdot\arccos(\sqrt{x})\,dx

    Let \arccos(\sqrt{x}) \:=\:y\quad\Rightarrow\quad \sqrt{x} \:=\:\cos y\quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\: \cos^2\!y\quad\Rightarrow\quad dx \:=\:-2\cos y\!\cdot\!\sin y\!\cdot\!dy

    Substitute: . \int\left(\cos^2\!y\right)(y)(-2\cos y\!\cdot\!\sin y\!\cdot\!dy) \;=\;-2\int y\cdot\cos^3\!y\!\cdot\!\sin y\!\cdot\!dy

    By parts: . \begin{array}{cc} u \\ du\end{array}\begin{array}{cc}= \\ = \end{array}\begin{array}{cc} y \\ dy\end{array}\quad \begin{array}{cc}dv\\ v\end{array} \begin{array}{cc}=\\=\end{array} \begin{array}{cc}\cos^3\!y\!\cdot\!\sin y\!\cdot\!dy \\ -\frac{1}{4}\cos^4\!y\end{array}

    And we have: . -\frac{1}{4}y\cos^4\!y \;+ \;\frac{1}{4}\!\int\cos^4\!y\,dy

    Can you finish it now?

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