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Proving $\int_{0}^{+\infty} e^{-x^2} dx = \frac{\sqrt \pi}{2}$

My calculus is a bit rusty, how should I solve this in order to calculate the solution?


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This is surely a duplicate. I'll see if I can find a previous version. –  Alex Becker Sep 13 '12 at 23:32
Thank you, I didn't know how to find the same formula –  John Smith Sep 13 '12 at 23:32

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if $I=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-x^2}$ then $$I^2=\int\int e^{-(x^2+y^2)}dxdy=\int\int re^{-r^2}drd\theta=\pi$$

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