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How could you evaluate this integral?

$$\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\sin x}}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}} \, dx$$

I think the answer is $\pi/4$.

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marked as duplicate by lab bhattacharjee, Claude Leibovici, Davide Giraudo, Dan Rust, Jyrki Lahtonen May 12 '14 at 10:42

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$$ \int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\sin x} \,\, dx}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}} + \int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\cos x} \,\, dx}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}} = \int_0^{\pi/2} 1\,dx = \frac \pi 2. $$

If you can show that the two integrals are equal to each other, then it follows that each must be $\pi/4$.

The substitution $u = \pi/2-x$ and $du=-dx$, transforming $\displaystyle\int_0^{\pi/2}\cdots\,dx$ into $\displaystyle\int_{\pi/2}^0 \cdots\,(-du)$ will do it provided you recall trigonometric identities involving $\sin(\pi/2 - x)$ and $\cos(\pi/2-x)$.

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Evaluate $$\int_{a}^{b} \frac {f(x)}{f(x)+f(a+b-x)}dx.$$

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you made slight error, all $x$ needs to be replaced by $a+b-x$ – Santosh Linkha May 11 '14 at 17:36
@SantoshLinkha, I do not think so – Indrayudh Roy May 11 '14 at 17:41
perhaps you mean different approach ... – Santosh Linkha May 11 '14 at 17:46
@SantoshLinkha No, I wanted the OP to observe this thing, what everybody has done, replace $x$ by $ \frac {\pi}{2}+0-x$. This is the most general form of problems like the OP posted. – Indrayudh Roy May 11 '14 at 17:49
okay okay ... very nice of you, when I ran my eyes across your solution, i thought you were doing essentially same as every one of us did but made some typo. – Santosh Linkha May 11 '14 at 17:51

Note that $$\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\sin x} \,\, dx}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}} = \int_0^{\frac \pi 2} \frac{\sqrt{\sin(\pi/2-x)}\,\,dx}{\sqrt{\sin(\pi/2-x)} + \sqrt{\cos(\pi/2-x)}} = \int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\cos x} \,\, dx}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}} $$

Let the integral be $I$, then $$2I = \int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\sin x} \,\, dx}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}} + \int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sqrt{\cos x} \,\, dx}{\sqrt{\sin x}\,+\sqrt{\cos x}}$$

You can do the rest.

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Substitute $t=\frac {\pi}{2}-x$ then $t=x$ as it is a dummy variable.

Add this equation this to original integrand. It should be $2$ times the integral required after adding and you see the that the integrand is $1$ and you can easily integrate.

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