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    2 integrals

    I have some problems proving that:

    \int_0^{2\pi} d \theta / (a+b cos \theta) = 2\pi / \sqrt{a^2-b^2}, if a>|b| and a,b in \mathbb{R}.

    \int_0^1 \log( \sin \pix)dx=- \log 2

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    Re: 2 integrals

    Quote Originally Posted by Veve View Post
    I have some problems proving that:

    \int_0^{2\pi} d \theta / (a+b cos \theta) = 2\pi / \sqrt{a^2-b^2}, if a>|b| and a,b in \mathbb{R}.

    \int_0^1 \log( \sin \pix)dx=- \log 2

    Thanks.
    For the first you need to use the Weierstrauss Substitution.
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    Re: 2 integrals

    Quote Originally Posted by Veve View Post
    I have some problems proving that:

    \int_0^{2\pi} d \theta / (a+b cos \theta) = 2\pi / \sqrt{a^2-b^2}, if a>|b| and a,b in \mathbb{R}.

    \int_0^1 \log( \sin \pix)dx=- \log 2

    Thanks.
    For the first one, you can do the following \displaystyle I=\int_0^{2\pi}\frac{dx}{a+b\cos(x)}=-2i\int_0^{2\pi} \frac{ie^{ix}}{2ae^{ix}+b+be^{2ix}}\;=-2i\oint_{|z|=1}\frac{1}{2az+b+bz^2}. Now, if \displaystyle f(z)=\frac{-2i}{2az+b+bz^2} you can check that f has a poles at precisely one place on or in the interior of |z|=1, namely one at the interior point \displaystyle z_0=\frac{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}-a}{b}. We see then by Cauchy's Integral Formula then that \displaystyle I=2\pi i \,\text{Res}(f,z_0)=\frac{2\pi}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}}.



    If you look down the solution to this problem you will see I solved precisely the second integral.
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