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Interesting calculus problem advice [on hold]

Can someone suggest a really hard calculus problem that can be solved with the knowledge of a high school student ? I would really like to work my brains on something interesting . Thanks a lot !
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Indefinite Integral Confusion

Solve the indefinite integral $$\int\frac{x^3−11x^2+x+2}{x^4−2x^3}\text{d}x.$$ My answer was $\frac{1}{2 x^2}+\frac{1}{x}-4\log(2-x)+5\log(x)+ C$ and I put that into my webwork and it was wrong. Then ...
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What is the value of that integral?

The Maple code int(exp(-z^2*sin(z)^2), z = 0 .. infinity, numeric, epsilon = 0.1e-1) outputs $2.835068335 $. However, I am not sure if the answer is correct. ...
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Proving something about $|f(x)|$ when the lim of $f(x)/x^2$ is known

I've been trying to crack this issue for 2 days and I got pretty much nothing Given that $f$ is a continuous function and the following limits exists and are finite: $$ (1) ...
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How to prove that $\frac{d}{dx} \left(\sin^2(x)+\cos^2(x)\right)=0$

I have seen in a mathematics.stackexchange.com thread that to prove that $\sin^2x+\cos^2x=1$ one have to prove that the derivative of $\left(\sin^2(x)+\cos^2(x)\right)$ is $0$. But how can we prove ...
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Definite integral (mixture of functions)

I have problem with this integral and I generally don't know how to approach it: $$\int_{-2}^2 (x^4+4x+\cos(x))\cdot \arctan\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)dx$$ I know that I probably have to make some ...
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Is the relation correct?

Accoeding to my notes: $\sum_{n=1} ^{m} z^n=z+z^2+....=\frac{1}{1-z}(z(1-z)+z^2(1-z)+....+z^m(1-z))=\frac{z(1-z^m)}{1-z}, |z|<1$,so $\lim_{m \to +\infty} z^m=0$,therefore $\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty} ...
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Solid of revolution vs $\iiint$

In calc 1, I learned about rotating a curve around an axis, say $y=x^2$ around the y-axis. In calc 3, I learned about the shape of 3D objects in the context of $\iiint$ triple integrals . These ...
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Convergence of series (putnam training) [on hold]

Does the series $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac {|\sin n|}{n} $ converge?
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Determine the values of real parameters …

If you have an idea, please, do not leave the page, just write it, I will be very thankful. We have the function $$f:R\setminus \{-1 \}\to{R}$$ ...
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To show a function differentiable

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^n$ be a fixed vector and $T : \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ a linear transformation . Define $f : \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ by $$f(x) = \langle ...
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Find the values of the parameters for which the function admits an oblique asymptote…

can you please help me solve this exercise: Find the values of real parameters $a$ and $b$ so that the function $$\color{maroon}{f(x)={(ax^3+bx^2)}^{1/ 3}}$$ admits an oblique asymptote: ...
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Prove continuity of $\frac{x^3y+2xy^3}{x^2+y^2}$ using the definition

$f(0,0)=0$ and $f(x,y)=\dfrac{x^3y+2xy^3}{x^2+y^2}$ when $(x,y) \neq (0,0)$. Is $f$ continuous at $(0,0)$? I went to polar coordinates, $$ f(x,y)=g(r,t)=r^4(\cos^3t \sin t+2\cos t\sin^3t)/r^2=r^2 ...
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How to convert vector field from cartesian to spherical

I have a vector field $A ( r) = \omega \times r$, where $r=(x,y,z)^T$ and now I want to express this field in cylindrical coordinates. How do I do this?
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Separable Differential Equation

The question is: $$t^5\frac{\mathrm{d}y}{\mathrm{d}t} + y^5 = 0$$ The next step says $\frac{1}{y^5}\frac{\mathrm{d}y}{\mathrm{d}t} + \frac{1}{t^5} = 0$ i understand this. However it then says: ...
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Finding a tangent to an ellipse parallel to a given line

Problem: Find the lines that are tangent to the ellipse $x^2 + 4y^2 = 8$ and parallel to $x +2y = 6$. I tried to find the derivative of $x^2 + 4y^2 = 8$ and I got: $$\frac{dx}{dy} = -\frac{x}{2y}.$$ ...
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Given one solution, can a second solution always be found?

Let's consider a second order ODE: $$y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=f(x)$$ A common procedure is to find linearly independent solutions $y_1,y_2$ to the homogenous ODE, and then apply the technique of variation ...
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How can one determine whether the following series converges or diverges [duplicate]

$$ \sum_{n = 2}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^{n}}{\sqrt{n} + (-1)^{n}} $$ Wolfram Alpha returns nothing useful, except that the ratio test was inconclusive.
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How to find $\nabla$ in spherical coordinates

I want to derive(!) just a few components like the $\hat{e}_r$ component of the divergence operator in spherical coordinates and the $\hat{e}_{\phi}$ component of the curl operator in spherical ...
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a doubt with the series $ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}e^{-nx} $

I know that the series is equal to $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}e^{-nx}= \frac{1}{1-e^{-x}}$$ However, if I expand each exponential term into a Taylor series I get $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}e^{-nx}= ...
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Find all points on the curve $y=2x+x^{-1}$ which have a tangent parallel to the x-axis

Find all the points on the curve $y=2x+x^{-1}$ which have a tangent parallel to the $x$-axis.
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How to find $\int\sqrt{(26x-x^2)}dx $

How do I find $\int \sqrt{(26x-x^2)} dx $ Is this an integration by parts question? Thanks, --Nick
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Is there a difference between limit and “two-sided limit”?

If we have a function of real-variable, then we can talk about one-sided limits $\lim\limits_{x\to a^+} f(x)$ and $\lim\limits_{x\to a^-} f(x)$ and, of course, also about the limit $\lim\limits_{x\to ...
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How to Simplify Sin/tan problem.

I am trying to simplify $\displaystyle\frac{\sin^2}{\tan^2}$ but I don't know how to go about it. Any help is appreciated.
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Does the series $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\sin(n)n!}{n^n}$ converge?

$\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\sin(n)n!}{n^n}$ Please let me know how you did it. Thank you.
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Maximum among $1, 2^{1/2}, 3^{1/3}, 4^{1/4},…$

What is maximum value among $1, 2^{1/2}, 3^{1/3}, 4^{1/4},....$ ? My approach: let $f(x)=x^{1/x}$ then I found out the derivative of $f$. Since $f(x)$ is maximum where $f'(x)=0$ and $f''(x)<0$ ...
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maximized profit w/ a cost & demand function

I'm having trouble with this problem: If $C(x) = 14000 + 500x − 4.8x^2 + 0.004x^3$ is the cost function and $p(x) = 4100 − 9x$ is the demand function, find the production level that will ...
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Easy calculus question

Let $D = \{ (x,y) : 0 \leq x \leq 1, \; \; x^2 \leq y \leq x, \; \; 0 \leq z \leq x \} $ and suppose $f(x,y,z) = x + y $. Want: $\int_D f $ IS this the correct integral? $$ \int_{0}^1 ...
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Minimize total area of a square and triangle made of 13m long wire

I'm a little bit confused about this problem. I've gotten the first part, but I can't get the second! ...
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Another integral calculus question from Apostol

Am stuck on another question from Apostol "Calculus" Volume 1 (Section 5.11, Question 22). The question reads: Determine a pair of numbers $a$ and $b$ such that $$ \int_0^1 (ax+b)(x^2+3x+2)^{-2} dx ...
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Equality of integrals: $ \int_{0}^{\infty} \frac {1}{1+x^2} \, \mathrm{d}x = 2 \cdot \int_{0}^{1} \frac {1}{1+x^2} \, \mathrm{d}x $

In Street-Fighting Mathematics (page 16), Prof. Sanjoy Mahajan states that $$ \displaystyle\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac {1}{1+x^2} \, \mathrm{d}x = 2 \cdot \displaystyle\int_{0}^{1} \frac {1}{1+x^2} \, ...
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Showing that ${d \over dz}\log\left[ z - a \over z - b \right] = {1 \over (z - a)} - {1 \over (z - b)}$

I'm trying to show that $$ {d \over dz}\log\left[ z - a \over z - b \right] = {1 \over (z - a)} - {1 \over (z - b)} $$ However my attempt yields that $$ {d \over dz}\log\left[ z - a \over z - b ...
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Finding the distance from a parabola (ballistic trajectory) to a point (for use in collision detection)

I need to have some form of collision detection / prevention for an object moving along a ballistic trajectory and a second stationary object on the same plane plane. The ballistic trajectory is ...
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Domain of function of form $f(x)=\frac{g(x)}{k(x)}$

I just want to know did we have a rule to find the domain of function in form of $f(x)=\frac{g(x)}{k(x)}$ .I know $k(x)\ne 0$ . but in general do we have any rule to compute domain of function like ...
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For solid volumes, why does the Integral behave as a summation?

When you take a definite integral, you can think about calculating the area under the curve (via Riemann rectangle slices approximation) Now, when you take the volume of a 3D object, you sum the ...
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Convergence when integrating a not-quite power series

This is a question where I don't have serious doubts about the truth of the statements; it's more about how to prove things rigorously. Consider $\displaystyle\frac{1-x^t}{1-x}$ where $t$ may be a ...
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$\int_0^\frac{\pi}{2}\cos ^2x\log(\tan x)dx.$

Evaluate $\int_0^\frac{\pi}{2}\cos ^2x\log(\tan x)dx.$ Sidenote:Via mathalpha I know that answer is $-\pi/4$ but do not know how to derive that.
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How to solve this crazy problem $\int^{\int_0^9 (2x^2+x+3)dx}_{\int_{4}^6 (x-1)dx}\frac{1}{x}dx$ [on hold]

How to solve this crazy problem $$\int^{\int_0^9 (2x^2+x+3)dx}_{\int_{4}^6 (x-1)dx}\frac{1}{x}dx$$ that's IMPOSSIBLE! -_-
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Partial derivative of a Piecewise function

If I have the following equation: $$ f(x,y) = \begin{cases} x; & y \ge 0 \\ y; & y < 0 \\ \end{cases} $$ What are the partial derivatives (both x and y) of the function? I have trouble ...
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school exersise/ Differentiation

If $f$ is differentiable in ${\bf R}$ and for every $x \in {\bf R}$, $$ f(x+\cos x)-f(1-x) \leq x\cos x , $$ then prove that $f'(1)=1/2$. How is a school kid supposed to solve this exercise ? ...
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Help on proving surjectiveness

How do you prove the function $\gamma :S \rightarrow \dot{\mathbb{R}} $, (where S denotes the complex unit circle), defined by $$\gamma(t)=\frac{i(1+t)}{1-t}$$ is surjective.? Where ...
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Integral $I=\int_0^\infty \frac{x^4}{(\alpha+x^2)^4}dx$

Hi I am trying to show $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{x^4}{(\alpha+x^2)^4}dx=\frac{\pi}{32\alpha^{3/2}},\quad \Re(\sqrt \alpha)> 0. $$ I am looking for a solution to this NOT using contour integration, but ...
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Show that in ℝ[x], no polynomial of odd degree > 1 is irreducible. [duplicate]

I think that logically, I understand the concept because no matter what polynomial you have you can always factor it into something with a x to a power plus or minus some real number, and that real ...
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Solve this if you can. [on hold]

Solve this if you can: $$x^{x^x}=e^{x^{e^{x^2}}}$$ I think this problem cannot be solved by anyone. Thanks.
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how does this converges? Sequence and series convergence

Consider the following problem- Converges or Diverges? $$(1-2)-(1-2^{1/2})+(1-2^{1/3})-(1-2^{1/4})+....$$ I said it converges but then my work i showed in paper got wrong How would you prove that ...
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Second derivative of $f(f(\cdots f(x)\cdots )?$

For convenience, let's write $f_n(x)=f(f(\cdots f(x)\cdots )$ where $f$ is iterated $n$ times. Suppose: $$f(0)=0,\quad f'(0)=\alpha,\quad f''(0)=\beta$$ What is $f''_n(0)?$ I've found ...
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sequence and series of convergence problem

We have a sequence/series problem. and i need help Consider the following: How can we show that $2-2^{1/2}+2^{1/3}-2^{1/4}+2^{1/5}-2^{1/6}+\ldots$ diverges? I am so lost as to solving this problem. ...
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How to prove that $e^\pi>\pi^e$ [duplicate]

How can one prove that $e^\pi>\pi^e$ ? Should I use logarithms or something like that? Or is there a gentle smart way of proving so?
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consequence of Mean Value Theorem

Let $f$ a continuous function on $[a, b]$ $a < b$ ,derivable on $(a, b)$ then there exist $c_1, c_2 \in (a, b)$ ,$c_1 \ne c_2$ such that $\frac{f (b) - f (a)}{b - a} = \frac{f '(c1) + f' ...
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Question regarding trigonometry

I've got this thing on my mind : we know that $cos(x)$ is a periodic function , hence integral from $2(k-1) \pi$ to $2k \pi$ will yield the same value for any $k \geq1$. My question is , why is ...