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Find $\displaystyle\int {1\over s^2 (s-1)^2}\,ds$.

I'm not sure how to set the integral to something like $A/s^2+B/(s-1)^2$. I don't know when do we use $Ax$ and when do we use $Ax^2$ and when do we just use $A$.

Show thorough steps please?? Thanks.

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Do you know about partial fraction decomposition‌​? – JohnD Feb 15 '13 at 3:41
You maybe need to decompose it as $\frac{A}{s}+\frac{B}{s^2}+\frac{C}{(s-1)}+\frac{D}{(s-1)^2}$ – Yimin Feb 15 '13 at 3:41
When using partial fraction decomposition, the polynomial in any numerator of the resulting summands will be at most one less than the degree of the corresponding denominator's polynomial. – anon Feb 15 '13 at 3:43
up vote 7 down vote accepted

How about $$\begin{aligned}\frac{1}{s^2 (s-1)^2}&=\left(\frac{1}{s-1}-\frac{1}{s}\right)^2=\frac{1}{s^2}+\frac{1}{(s-1)^2}-\frac{2}{s(s-1)}\\&=\frac{1}{s^2}+\frac{1}{(s-1)^2}-2\left(\frac{1}{s-1}-\frac{1}{s}\right)\end{aligned}$$ This gives $$\int\frac{1}{s^2 (s-1)^2}ds=-\frac{1}{s}-\frac{1}{s-1}-2\log\frac{|s-1|}{|s|}+C$$

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Great shortcut, +1. – 1015 Feb 15 '13 at 3:51

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