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I am trying to get the antiderivative of $\frac{4}{\sqrt{u}}$

Im not sure how to apply antiderivative rules when having a question like this?

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That'd be better if you specify with respect to what eventually you want to integrate. – Kaster Dec 13 '12 at 2:28
@soniccool: You previous question covers almost exactly the same material. Why don't you spend some time thinking about the answeres given there. – JavaMan Dec 13 '12 at 2:29
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Hint: Rewrite $\sqrt{u}$ as $u^{1/2}$. Thus, $\frac{4}{\sqrt{u}} = 4u^{-1/2}$.

Recall that $\int x^n \ dx = \frac{x^{n+1}}{n+1}$ for all $n \ne -1$.

Then, $$4\int u^{-1/2} \ du = 4 \cdot \frac{u^{-1/2 + 1}}{1/2} = 8u^{1/2} + C = 8\sqrt{u} + C$$

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Yea this is where im stuck i dont know how to continue now with fractions and the u and what not? – soniccool Dec 13 '12 at 2:27
I filled in some more details. Let me know if you something does not make sense. – Joe Dec 13 '12 at 2:31
tHAT FORUMULA HELPED! Awesome now i understandit actually – soniccool Dec 13 '12 at 2:31
Glad to hear it! Note that the formula only holds for polynomials of the form $x^n$. – Joe Dec 13 '12 at 2:32

Hint: You can re-write this as $4 u^{-\frac{1}{2}}$. Now, use the rule for integrating functions of the form $\int u^n du$. I'll give more details if you need.

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The antiderivative of $\frac{4}{\sqrt u}=4u^{-1/2}$ is $4\cdot \frac{1}{1/2}u^{-1/2+1}+C=8u^{1/2}+C$

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I dont get how we get 8 out of that? – soniccool Dec 13 '12 at 2:28
Look at @Brett Frankel's calculation and see that $4/(1/2)=8.$ – learner Dec 13 '12 at 2:32
@soniccool Try differentiating the antiderivative and see if that helps you see what happens to the constants out front. – Brett Frankel Dec 13 '12 at 2:32

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