U-subsitution

Jun 2019
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Massachusetts
Can someone please explain the u-substitution?

I don't see a tan(x/2) anywhere in the integral expression.

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romsek

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Nov 2013
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well looking at the solution the substitution will get us the form

$I(x)= \dfrac{\dfrac{d}{dx} \tan\left(\dfrac x 2\right)}{\tan\left(\dfrac x 2\right)}$ for the integrand

$I(x) = \dfrac{\frac{1}{2} \sec ^2\left(\dfrac{x}{2}\right)}{\tan\left(\dfrac x 2\right)} =$

$\dfrac{1}{2\cos^2\left(\dfrac x 2\right)\tan\left(\dfrac x 2\right)}=$

$\dfrac{1}{2\sin\left(\dfrac x 2\right)\cos\left(\dfrac x 2\right)} = $

$\dfrac{1}{\sin(x)}$

which is the original integrand. So the substitution is correct.
 
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