# How to evaluate the trigonometric integral $\int \frac{1}{\cos x+\tan x }dx$

$$\int \dfrac{1}{\cos x+\tan x }dx$$

This can be converted to

$$\int \dfrac{\cos x}{\sin x+\cos^2x}dx$$

But from here I get stuck. Using t substitution will get you into a mess. Are there any tricks which can split the fraction into simpler forms?

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The most general solution to this type of problem can be found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weierstrass_substitution –  Thomas Andrews Jun 15 '13 at 13:48

As commented above the Weirstrass substitution $$\begin{equation*} t=\tan \frac{x}{2}\Leftrightarrow x=2\arctan t,\,dx=\frac{2}{ 1+t^{2}}dt, \end{equation*}$$ can be applied to the given integral. The integrand becomes a rational fraction in $t$, because $$\begin{equation*} \cos x=\frac{1-\tan ^{2}\frac{x }{2}}{1+\tan ^{2}\frac{x}{2}}=\frac{1-t^{2}}{1+t^{2}},\,\quad\sin x=\frac{2\tan \frac{x }{2}}{1+\tan ^{2} \frac{x }{2}}=\frac{2t}{1+t^{2}}. \end{equation*}$$ We have $$\begin{eqnarray*} I &=&\int \frac{1}{\cos x+\tan x}\,dx,\qquad t=\tan \frac{x}{2} \\ &=&\int \frac{2}{\left( \frac{1-t^{2}}{1+t^{2}}+\frac{2t}{1-t^{2}}\right) \left( 1+t^{2}\right) }\,dt \\ &=&\int \frac{2(1-t^{2})}{t^{4}+2t^{3}-2t^{2}+2t+1}\,dt. \end{eqnarray*}$$ Since $$\begin{equation*} t^{4}+2t^{3}-2t^{2}+2t+1=\left( t^{2}+(1-\sqrt{5})t+1\right) \left( t^{2}+(1+\sqrt{5})t+1\right), \end{equation*}$$ we can expand the integrand into partial fractions $$\begin{equation*} \frac{2(1-t^{2})}{t^{4}+2t^{3}-2t^{2}+2t+1}=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\left( \frac{2t+1+\sqrt{5}}{t^{2}+(1+\sqrt{5})t+1}-\frac{2t+1-\sqrt{5}}{t^{2}+(1-\sqrt{5})t+1}\right). \end{equation*}$$ Consequently, $$\begin{equation*} I=\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\int \frac{2t+1+\sqrt{5}}{t^{2}+(1+\sqrt{5})t+1}\,dt- \frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\int \frac{2t+1-\sqrt{5}}{t^{2}+(1-\sqrt{5})t+1}\,dt. \end{equation*}$$ Set $u(t)=t^{2}+(1+\sqrt{5})t+1,v(t)=t^{2}+(1-\sqrt{5})t+1$. Then $$\begin{eqnarray*} I &=&\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\int \frac{u^{\prime }(t)}{u(t)}\,dt-\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\int \frac{v^{\prime }(t)}{v(t)}\,dt \\ &=&\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\log \left\vert u(t)\right\vert -\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\log \left\vert v(t)\right\vert +C \\ &=&\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\log \left\vert \frac{t^{2}+(1+\sqrt{5})t+1}{t^{2}+(1-\sqrt{5})t+1}\right\vert +C \\ &=&\frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}\log \left\vert \frac{\tan ^{2}\frac{x}{2}+(1+\sqrt{5})\tan \frac{x}{2}+1}{\tan ^{2}\frac{x}{2}+(1-\sqrt{5})\tan \frac{x}{2}+1}\right\vert +C. \end{eqnarray*}$$

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HINT:

$$I=\displaystyle\int \dfrac{\cos x}{\sin x+\cos^2x}dx$$

$$=\displaystyle\int \dfrac{\cos x}{\sin x+1-\sin^2x}dx$$

Put $\sin x=u, \cos xdx=du$

$$\implies I=\int \frac{du}{1+u-u^2}=\int \frac{4du}{5-(2u-1)^2}$$

Put $2u-1=v$ and use Partial Fraction Decomposition or $$\int\frac{dx}{a^2-x^2}=\frac1{2a}\ln\left|\frac{a+x}{a-x}\right|+C$$

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$$\displaystyle\int \dfrac{\cos x}{\sin x+\cos^2x}dx = \displaystyle\int \dfrac{1}{\sin x+\cos^2x}d\sin x = \displaystyle\int \dfrac{1}{\sin x+(1-\sin^2x)}d\sin x$$

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