I have two thoughts.
1. As to finding the poles: Take the equation and go as follows:
Use the quadratic formula to solve for , then take the logarithm and divide by .
2. What contour are you planning on using?
I must calculate .
Attempt: First I wanted to find the singularities of . I didn't succeeded in it. I know that and using this equality I found out that the singularities of f are when and , simultaneously (when z=a+ib). Which seems way too hard to solve in my opinion. So I'm guessing I'm missing a much simpler way to find the singularities of f.
I've also noticed that is the real part of but I don't see how it can help.
I'd like some help. Thank you.
Thanks a lot to both. I'm going to try to solve the problem via both ways.
I reach or . Taking the complex logarithm and noting that both numbers are real numbers (hence their argument is worth 0) and dividing by i, I get that or which I doubt is right.
I'm also not sure I can do the rest. I think I should still find the poles of the integrand? If so, I reach some non sense ( and ).
See here for my explanation of contour integration. You don't actually have to use the contour enclosing all the singularities. Refer to posts 6 through 8 in the link for my recommendations on choosing contours. You do need to know what singularities are actually there, of course.
Fortunately, you have a relatively easy way of checking your answer: plug those numbers you got into the cosine function, and see if you get -2. I think you have some sign errors there....which I doubt is right.
If you plan on pursuing my proposed method of contour integration, you're fairly soon going to be doing something rather similar to Opalg's very fine approach: choosing a contour and parametrizing it. What'll you pick?
Ok thanks a lot to both.
Edit: I could accessto an old version of the page with google chrome. I will copy it here.
andOriginally Posted by AckbeetEdit 2: Latex cannot be copied... A few questions regarding your post #8. Can be the whole real axis? In the case of my integral, can it be the part of the real axis starting from 0 and ending at ? If so, I would certainly pick a contour including this part of path. Probably a semi circle, I'm not sure to include 0, 1 or 2 poles. I also need to know where they are located (I will do it right now). But if I enclose at least 1 pole, I won't know the value of since I'd have to calculate the residue of it. I think I'm somehow confused.If you make no mistakes, there's loads of freedom in choosing contours. Let me outline the general idea of the solution. You pick a contour such as I have described. Let's say that the contour has various "legs of the journey", or is partitioned into the following contours: , where one of them, , corresponds to the original integral, and . You've got an original integrand . Now, let's suppose further that you know what the value of
is. What you do is set
The hope is that all the , except the one you're interested in, are very easy to do. You might be able to eliminate them on the basis of an ML estimate, for example. Then, you simply shove everything except the integral in which you're interested over to the other side:
Everything on the RHS is either known or easy to compute. Voila! You're done. That's the high-level view of contour integration as it's used to evaluate real-valued integrals. Make sense?
, in the context of post # 8 there, has to be the interval you started out with, or something so close to it that finding it will directly allow you to write down the value of the original integral. It can be the whole real axis, or it can be just from to .
Including zero poles is the easiest way to go, if you can. Here's what I would do: expand your original interval to to . Since the integrand is even, you can simply divide by two. That is,
Then, as you've intimated, I would use a semi-circle from to . There are no poles inside this contour.
Where would you go from here?
Ok thanks Ackbeet. I'm actually stuck on finding the singularities. I keep finding the same non sense result. I really don't know where I'm wrong: . Solving for gives or .
Taking the logarithm, I get that or or . I'm guessing I made an error when taking the logarithm of the complex exponential function? If so, I don't see it. I'll answer your question when I find the singularities.
To Ackbeet: Indeed, I trust you that both singularities are outside the contour you've described. The problem is that if I can't realize it myself, I wouldn't know it when I'm alone. But as of now, I'll just move on and assume that the singularities are outside the contour. Let me think how I'd continue.
Edit: The contour is the semi circle going from -pi to pi. Since no pole nor singularity is enclosed, the contour integral is worth 0 according to Cauchy's integral theorem. Hmm seems way too easy...
I found your problem, though. Take the principal value logarithm on both sides of
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On the left hand side we get just . However, since the right hand side is NEGATIVE, we must do this:
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Similarly for the other root, since it's negative. In the end, it's your answers with [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed] added:
Plugging the 1st one in the equation gives: