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**krje1980** I don't have any problems performing this latter process. However, my question is, how do we know that we have to take branch cuts into consideration in example 2 but not in example 1? Is it just because it is specifically pointed out in the example that we now work with an initial branch? Does this mean that if there is no such initial branch specified in an exercise, I can just solve away without taking it into consideration? (As long as the integral itself does not involve a Log of course).