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    Is there an easier way to solve this integral?

    Sorry, I'm terrible at typing this out using the math code so I'll paste an image:



    I've been trying to solve this using parts, but I'm getting nowhere fast. Should I throw some substitution in there also? If someone could show me how to do this one it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hello Ares_D1!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ares_D1 View Post
    Sorry, I'm terrible at typing this out using the math code so I'll paste an image:



    I've been trying to solve this using parts, but I'm getting nowhere fast. If someone could show me how to do this one it would be greatly appreciated.
    Here is my suggestion:

    substitute z:=x^2

    => z' := 2x and dx = dz/z'

    Therefore

    \int -2x^3*e^{-x^2}\pi dx = \int -2x^3*e^{-z}\pi \frac{dz}{2x}

    =\int -x^2*e^{-z}\pi dz = \int -z*e^{-z}\pi dz

    Yours
    Rapha
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    Imagine it like this: \pi\int {\color{blue}-2x} \cdot x^2 \cdot e^{{\color{red}-x^2}} \ {\color{blue}dx}

    So now: {\color{red}u = -x^2} \ \Rightarrow \ {\color{blue}du = -2x \ dx}

    So your integral becomes: -\pi\int u e^u du

    which is an easy one by parts.
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    Thanks guys, very helpful!
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