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Closed form for $\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(1+\frac{\pi^2}{4\,x}\right)}{e^{\sqrt{x}}-1}\mathrm dx$

I encountered this integral in my calculations: $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(1+\frac{\pi^2}{4\,x}\right)}{e^{\sqrt{x}}-1}\mathrm ...
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Integral $\int_{-1}^{1} \frac{1}{x}\sqrt{\frac{1+x}{1-x}} \log \left( \frac{(r-1)x^{2} + sx + 1}{(r-1)x^{2} - sx + 1} \right) \, dx$

Regarding this problem, I conjectured that $$ I(r, s) = \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{1}{x}\sqrt{\frac{1+x}{1-x}} \log \left( \frac{(r-1)x^{2} + sx + 1}{(r-1)x^{2} - sx + 1} \right) \, dx = 4 \pi ...
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Where is the flaw in this argument of a proof that 1=2? (Derivative of repeated addition)

Consider the following: $1 = 1^2$ $2 + 2 = 2^2$ $3 + 3 + 3 = 3^2$ Therefore, $\underbrace{x + x + x + \ldots + x}_{x \textrm{ times}}= x^2$ Take the derivative of lhs and rhs and we get: ...
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Evaluating the integral, $\int_{0}^{\infty} \ln\left(1 - e^{-x}\right) \,\mathrm dx $

SE, I recently got stuck on evaluating the following integral. I do not know an effective substitution to use. Could you please help me evaluate: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \ln\left(1 - e^{-x}\right) ...
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ln|x| vs. ln(x)? When is the ln antiderivative marked as an absolute value?

One of the answers to the problems I'm doing had straight lines: $$ \ln|y^2-25|$$ versus another problem's just now: $$ \ln(1+e^r) $$ I know this is probably to do with the absolute value. ...
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Prove $\int_0^1\frac{x^2-2\,x+2\ln(1+x)}{x^3\,\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx=\frac{\pi^2}8-\frac12$

How can I prove the following identity? $$\int_0^1\frac{x^2-2\,x+2\ln(1+x)}{x^3\,\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx=\frac{\pi^2}8-\frac12$$
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The Meaning of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

I am currently taking an advanced Calculus class in college, and we are studying generalizations of the FTC. We just started on the version for Line Integrals, and one can see the explicit symmetry ...
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Integral $\int_0^{\pi/2}\arctan^2\left(\frac{6\sin x}{3+\cos 2x}\right)dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$I=\int_0^{\pi/2}\arctan^2\left(\frac{6\sin x}{3+\cos 2x}\right)dx$$
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How prove there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$, such that $f(x)+f(x^2)=x$.

Prove that there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to R$ such that $$ f(x)+f(x^2)=x,x\in [0,1]. $$ My try: Assume that there is a continuous function with this property. Thus, for any $n\ge 1$ ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\arctan^2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$I=\int_0^1\frac{\arctan^2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx$$ It also can be represented as $$I=\int_0^{\pi/4}\frac{\phi^2}{\cos \phi\,\sqrt{\cos ...
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Generalizing the trick for integrating $\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-x^2}dx$?

There is a well-known trick for integrating $\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-x^2}dx$, which is to write it as $\sqrt{\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-x^2}dx\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-y^2}dy}$, which can then be ...
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$\int_0^\pi\frac{3\cos x+\sqrt{8+\cos^2 x}}{\sin x}x\ \mathrm dx$

Please help me to solve this integral: $$\int_0^\pi\frac{3\cos x+\sqrt{8+\cos^2 x}}{\sin x}x\ \mathrm dx.$$ I managed to calculate an indefinite integral of the left part: $$\int\frac{\cos x}{\sin ...
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Limit of recursive sequence $a_{n+1} = \frac{a_n}{1- \{a_n\}}$

Consider the following sequence: let $a_0>0$ be rational. Define $$a_{n+1}= \frac{a_n}{1-\{a_n\}},$$ where $\{a_n\}$ is the fractional part of $a_n$ (i.e. $\{a_n\} = a_n - \lfloor a_n\rfloor$). ...
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Explain $\iint \mathrm dx\mathrm dy = \iint r \mathrm d\alpha\mathrm dr$

It is changing the coordinate from one coordinate to another. There is an angle and radius on the right side. What is it? And why? I got: $2\mathrm dy\mathrm dx = r(\cos^2\alpha-\sin^2\alpha)\mathrm ...
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Could you explain why $\frac{d}{dx} e^x = e^x$ “intuitively”?

As the title implies, It is seems that $e^x$ is the only function whoes derivative is the same as itself. thanks.
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Integrate square of the log-sine integral: $\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\ln^{2}(\sin(x))dx$

$\displaystyle \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \ln(\sin(x))dx=-\frac{\pi}{2}\ln(2)$ is an integral that is common. But, how can we show ...
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Closed form for $\int_0^1\sqrt{\frac{2-x}{(1-x)\,x}}\,\log\left(\frac{(2-x)\,x}{1-x}\right)dx$

This is somewhat similar to my previous question: Closed form for $\int_0^1\frac{x^{5/6}}{(1-x)^{1/6}\,(1+2\,x)^{4/3}}\log\left(\frac{1+2x}{x\,(1-x)}\right)\,dx$ Is it possible to find a closed form ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{2^n\left(1+\sqrt[2^n]{2}\right)}$

Here is another infinite sum I need you help with: $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{2^n\left(1+\sqrt[2^n]{2}\right)}.$$ I was told it could be represented in terms of elementary functions and integers.
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A limit wrong using Wolfram Alpha

I want to calculate the following limit: $$\displaystyle{\lim_{x \to 0} \cfrac{\displaystyle{\int_1^{x^2+1} \cfrac{e^{-t}}{t} \; dt}}{3x^2}}$$ For that, I use L'Hopital and the Fundamental Theorem ...
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Limit with a big exponentiation tower

Find the value of the following limit: $$\huge\lim_{x\to\infty}e^{e^{e^{\biggl(x\,+\,e^{-\left(a+x+e^{\Large x}+e^{\Large e^x}\right)}\biggr)}}}-e^{e^{e^{x}}}$$ (original image) I don't ...
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Evaluating the infinite series $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty(\sin\frac1{2n}-\sin\frac1{2n+1})$

I've been bored and playing with infinite series and came across in my book the following problem, namely to determine the convergence of: $$ \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \left[\sin\left(1 \over 2n\right) - ...
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Cannabis Equation

How can an equation for the following curve be derived? $$r=(1+0.9 \cos(8 \theta)) (1+0.1 \cos(24 \theta)) (0.9+0.1 \cos(200 \theta)) (1+\sin(\theta))$$ (From WolframAlpha)
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Evaluate $\int_0^1\left(\frac{1}{\ln x} + \frac{1}{1-x}\right)^2 \mathrm{dx}$

Evaluate $$\int_0^1\left(\frac{1}{\ln x} + \frac{1}{1-x}\right)^2 \mathrm{dx}$$
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Calculus proof for the area of a circle

I was looking for proofs using Calculus for the area of a circle and come across this one $$\int 2 \pi r \, dr = 2\pi \frac {r^2}{2} = \pi r^2$$ and it struck me as being particularly easy. The only ...
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If we define $\sin x$ as series, how can we obtain the geometric meaning of $\sin x$?

In Terry Tao's textbook Analysis, he defines $\sin x$ as below: Define rational numbers Define Cauchy sequences of rational numbers, and equivalence of Cauchy sequences Define reals as the ...
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Why is $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac {\ln x}{1+x^2} \mathrm{d}x =0$?

We had our final exam yesterday and one of the questions was to find out the value of: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac {\ln x}{1+x^2} \mathrm{d}x $$ Interestingly enough, using the substitution ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{1-x^2+\left(1+x^2\right)\ln x}{\left(x+x^2\right)\ln^3x}dx$

I'm struggling with this integral $$I=\int_0^1\frac{1-x^2+\left(1+x^2\right)\ln x}{\left(x+x^2\right)\ln^3x}dx.\tag1$$ Mathematica could not evaluate it in a closed form. Its numeric value is ...
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Uses of $\lim \limits_{h\to 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h}$

I have been wondering whether the following limit is being used somehow, as a variation of the derivative: $$\lim_{h\to 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h} .$$ Edit: I know that this limit is defined in ...
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Proof of Frullani's Theorem

How can I prove the Theorem of Frullani? I did not even know all the hypothesis that $f$ must satisfy, but I think that this are Let $\,f:\left[ {0,\infty } \right) \to \mathbb R$ be a a continuously ...
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When is an elliptic integral expressible in terms of elementary functions?

After seeing this recent question asking how to calculate the following integral $$ \int \frac{1 + x^2}{(1 - x^2) \sqrt{1 + x^4}} \, dx $$ and some of the comments that suggested that it was an ...
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Proving $ \int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\ln(t)}{\sqrt{t}}e^{-t} \mathrm dt=-\sqrt{\pi}(\gamma+\ln{4})$

I would like to prove that: $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\ln(t)}{\sqrt{t}}e^{-t} \mathrm dt=-\sqrt{\pi}(\gamma+\ln{4})$$ I tried to use the integral $$\int_{0}^{n} ...
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tough integral involving $\sin(x^2)$ and $\sinh^2 (x)$

I ran across this integral I get no where with. Can someone suggest a method of attack?. $$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\sin(\pi x^2)}{\sinh^2 (\pi x)}\mathrm dx=\frac{2-\sqrt{2}}{4}$$ I tried series, ...
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Areas versus volumes of revolution

Suppose we rotate the graph of $y = f(x)$ about the $x$-axis from $a$ to $b$. Then (using the disk method) the volume is $$\int_a^b \pi f(x)^2 dx$$ since we approximate a little piece as a cylinder. ...
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A conjectural closed form for $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\frac{n!\,(2n)!}{(3n+2)!}$

Let $$S=\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\frac{n!\,(2n)!}{(3n+2)!},\tag1$$ its numeric value is approximately $S \approx 0.517977853388534047...$${}^{[more\ digits]}$ $S$ can be represented in terms of the ...
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Closed form for $\int_0^1\frac{x^{5/6}}{(1-x)^{1/6}\,(1+2\,x)^{4/3}}\log\left(\frac{1+2x}{x\,(1-x)}\right)\,dx$

I need to evaluate this integral: $$Q=\int_0^1\frac{x^{5/6}}{(1-x)^{1/6}\,(1+2\,x)^{4/3}}\log\left(\frac{1+2x}{x\,(1-x)}\right)\,dx.$$ I tried it in Mathematica, but it was not able to find a closed ...
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Are elementary and generalized hypergeometric functions sufficient to express all algebraic numbers?

Are (integers) plus (elementary functions) plus (generalized hypergeometric functions) sufficient to represent any algebraic number? For example, the real algebraic number $\alpha\in(-1,0)$ ...
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Conjectured closed form for $\int_0^1x^{2\,q-1}\,K(x)^2dx$ where $K(x)$ is the complete elliptic integral of the 1ˢᵗ kind

I am interested in a general closed-form formula for integrals of the following form: $$\mathcal{J}_q=\int_0^1x^{2\,q-1}\,K(x)^2dx,\tag0$$ where $K(x)$ is the complete elliptic integral of the 1ˢᵗ ...
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Is mathematical history written by the victors?

The question is the title of a recent piece in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, by twelve authors (of which I am one). The contention is that traditional history of mathematics is ...
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A question about series with a strange property.

Does there exist a sequence $\left(a_n\right)_{n\ge1}$ with $a_n < a_{n+1}+a_{n^2}, \forall n=1,2,3,\ldots$ such that the series $\displaystyle{\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n}$ converges? This is the ...
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Convergence of a series with repeated sines

Show that the series $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sin\big(\sin(n)\big)}{n}, $$ converges. More generally, show that for every $k\in\mathbb N$ the series $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sigma_k(n)}{n}, $$ ...
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$\int_0^1\mathrm{d} u_1 \cdots \int_0^1\mathrm{d} u_n \frac{\delta(1-u_1-\cdots-u_n)}{(u_1+u_2)(u_2+u_3)\cdots(u_{n-1}+u_n)(u_n+u_1)}$

This question grew out of this one: Given an even integer $n\in 2\mathbb{N}$, compute the integral $$\int_0^1\mathrm{d} u_1 \cdots \int_0^1 \mathrm{d} u_n ...
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Countability of the zero set of a real polynomial

This is the question from my calculus homework: Is it possible for a polynomial $f\colon\, \mathbb{R}^{n}\to \mathbb{R}$ to have a countable zero-set $f^{-1}(\{0\})$? (By countable I mean countably ...
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About a harmonic series problem : How to prove that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{H_n}{n^3}=\frac{\pi^4}{72}$

How to prove that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{H_n}{n^3}=\frac{\pi^4}{72}$$ $H_n$ is the n th harmonic number
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{\left(1+x\right)\left(1+x^{-\left(2+\sqrt3\right)}\right)}dx$

There is a curious known integral: $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(1+x^{2+\sqrt{3\vphantom{\large3}}}\right)}{1+x}dx=\frac{\pi^2}{12}\left(1-\sqrt{3\vphantom{\large3}}\right)+\ln ...
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Bag of tricks in Advanced Calculus/ Real Analysis/Complex Analysis

I am studying for an exam and I have been studying my butt off during the winter break for it. During the course of my study I have written down quite a number of tricks, which in my opinion were ...
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Intuitive understanding of the derivatives of $\sin x$ and $\cos x$

One of the first things ever taught in a differential calculus class: The derivative of $\sin x$ is $\cos x$. The derivative of $\cos x$ is $-\sin x$. This leads to a rather neat (and convenient?) ...
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A conjectured closed form of $\int_0^\infty\frac{x-1}{\sqrt{2^x-1}\ \ln\left(2^x-1\right)}dx$

Consider the following integral: $$\mathcal{I}=\int_0^\infty\frac{x-1}{\sqrt{2^x-1}\ \ln\left(2^x-1\right)}dx.$$ I tried to evaluate $\mathcal{I}$ in a closed form (both manually and using ...
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1-D Definite Integral

Compute the following integral \begin{equation} \int_0^{\Large\frac{\pi}{4}}\left[\frac{(1-x^2)\ln(1+x^2)+(1+x^2)-(1-x^2)\ln(1-x^2)}{(1-x^4)(1+x^2)}\right] x\, ...