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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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Integral $\int_0^\infty\frac{\operatorname{arccot}\left(\sqrt{x}-2\,\sqrt{x+1}\right)}{x+1}dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\operatorname{arccot}\left(\sqrt{x}-2\,\sqrt{x+1}\right)}{x+1}dx$$
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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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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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$\int_0^\pi\frac{3\cos x+\sqrt{8+\cos^2 x}}{\sin x}x\ \mathrm dx$

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An integral with irrational exponents $\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(\frac{1+x^{4+\sqrt{15}}}{1+x^{2+\sqrt{3}}}\right)}{\left(1+x^2\right)\log x}dx$

I was challenged to prove this identity $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(\frac{1+x^{4+\sqrt{15\vphantom{\large A}}}}{1+x^{2+\sqrt{3\vphantom{\large A}}}}\right)}{\left(1+x^2\right)\log ...
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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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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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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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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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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 $$\int 2 \pi r \, dr = 2 \frac {r^2}{2} \pi = \pi r^2$$ and it struck me as being particularly easy. The only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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A closed form of $\int_0^\infty\frac{\sqrt[\phi]{x}\ \arctan x}{\left(x^\phi+1\right)^2}dx$

Is it possible to evaluate the following integral in a closed form? $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\sqrt[\phi]{x}\ \arctan x}{\left(x^\phi+1\right)^2}dx,$$ where $\phi$ is the golden ratio: ...
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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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$\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{1}{n} \sum_{k=1}^{n} n^{1/k} $

What would you suggest here? $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{1}{n} \sum_{k=1}^{n} n^{1/k} $$
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Evaluation of $\int_0^{\pi/3} \ln^2\left(\frac{\sin x }{\sin (x+\pi/3)}\right)\,\mathrm{d}x$

I plan to evaluate $$\int_0^{\pi/3} \ln^2\left(\frac{\sin x }{\sin (x+\pi/3)}\right)\, \mathrm{d}x$$ and I need a starting point for both real and complex methods. Thanks ! Sis.
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Need help with $\int_0^\infty e^{-x}\ln\ln\left(e^x+\sqrt{e^{2x}-1}\right)\,dx$

I need help with this integral: $$\int_0^\infty e^{-x}\ln\ln\left(e^x+\sqrt{e^{2x}-1}\right)\,dx\approx0.20597312051214...$$ Is it possible to evaluated it in a closed form?
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$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x - e^{-x^2}}{x} \ dx$ Evaluate Integral

Evaluate $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x - e^{-x^2}}{x} \ dx$$
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Integral $\int_0^1\ln\ln\,_3F_2\left(\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{4};\frac{2}{3},\frac{4}{3};x\right)\,dx$

I encountered this scary integral $$\int_0^1\ln\ln\,_3F_2\left(\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{4};\frac{2}{3},\frac{4}{3};x\right)\,dx$$ where $_3F_2$ is a generalized hypergeometric function ...
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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 ...
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When two functions are equal, but not.

I haven't looked into it much, but this is something I've been aware of that I know I need to look into. When I have a function $f(x)=\frac{x+1}{x+1}$, There is a discontinuity at $x=-1$, yet ...
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Prove $\int_0^1 \frac{t^2-1}{(t^2+1)\log t}dt = 2\log\left( \frac{2\Gamma \left( \frac{5}{4}\right)}{\Gamma\left( \frac{3}{4}\right)}\right)$

I am trying to prove that $$\int_0^1 \frac{t^2-1}{(t^2+1)\log t}dt = 2\log\left( \frac{2\Gamma \left( \frac{5}{4}\right)}{\Gamma\left( \frac{3}{4}\right)}\right)$$ I know how to deal with integrals ...
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Compute $\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2^{k!}}$

How could the series below be computed ? $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2^{k!}}$$ It's not a series from a book, but a series I thought of many times, and I didn't manage to figure out what I should do ...
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Can we make $\tan(x)$ arbitrarily close to an integer when $x\in \mathbb{Z}$?

My 7-year-old son was staring at the graph of tan() and its endlessly-repeating serpentine strokes on the number line between multiples of $\pi$ and he asked me the question in the title. More ...
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Are there other cases similar to Herglotz's integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(1+t^{4+\sqrt{15}}\right)}{1+t}\ \mathrm dt$?

This post of Boris Bukh mentions amazing Gustav Herglotz's integral $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(1+t^{\,4\,+\,\sqrt{\vphantom{\large A}\,15\,}\,}\right)}{1+t}\ \mathrm ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty\frac{1}{x\,\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{2\,x^2+1}}\cdot\frac{\log x}{\sqrt{x^2+1}}\mathrm dx$

I need your assistance with evaluating the integral $$\int_0^\infty\frac{1}{x\,\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{2\,x^2+1}}\cdot\frac{\log x}{\sqrt{x^2+1}}dx$$ I tried manual integration by parts, but it seemed to only ...
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How did Ramanujan get this result?

We know Ramanujan got this result $$\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1+\cdots }}}=3$$ and he used the formula $$x+n+a=\sqrt{ax+{{(n+a)}^{2}}+x\sqrt{a(x+n)+{{(n+a)}^{2}}+(x+n)\sqrt{\cdots }}}$$ where ...
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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 ...