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Evaluating Elliptic Integrals in terms of Gamma Function

Some complete elliptic integral of first and second kind $E(k)$ and $K(k)$ can be evaluated for some particular values of $k$ in terms of Euler Gamma function. For example, for $k = \sqrt{2}/2$, ...
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Upper bounding a definite integral

So I have the following problem. Let $F$ be the set of functions for which $|f(x)| \le 2$ for all $x$ and $\int_{0}^{5} [f(x)]^2dx \le 16$. Over all the functions in $F$, compute the maximum ...
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Is there a name for this type of integral $\int_a^b \frac{P(x)}{\sqrt{1-P(x)^2}}dx$?

Given a polynomial of arbitrary degree, $P(x)$, on $[a,b]$ is there a name for this type of integral: $$\int_a^b \frac{P(x)}{\sqrt{1-P(x)^2}}dx$$
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Effect of adding a constant to the torsion of a 3D curve

Let $\gamma$ be an arc-length parametrized curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let say I add a constant to the torsion of $\gamma$ and let $\widetilde{\gamma}$ be the curve associated to the curvature of ...
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A derivation of the Euler-Maclaurin formula?

The generating function for the Bernoulli numbers $B_n$ is $$\frac{x}{e^x-1}=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{B_n}{n!}x^n$$ The sum of an infinite geometric series is $$\frac{1}{1-x}=\sum_{k=0}^\infty x^k$$ ...
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Asymptotic behavior of many derivatives

To compute the residue of a pole of very high order $M$ at $z=0$, one needs to compute $\frac{d^M}{dz^M} g(z)$ Suppose that $g(z)$ is a reasonable but not trivial function, that itself may depend on ...
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Volume of intersection between two horn tori

While playing around in Blender, I recently stumbled across a certain shape. The shape is found by taking the volume shared between two identical horn tori rotated at right angles to each other: The ...
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Questionable Convergence of a Series

The summation is: $$ S = \sum_{k \geq 0} f(k) \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \sqrt{1-(1- \frac{f(k+1)^2}{f(k)^2})\sin^2(\theta)}d\theta $$ Now, we know that $f(k+1) < f(k)$ and as $k$ approaches infinity, ...
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How do you prove $\delta (ds^2) = 2 ds \delta(ds)$?

How do you prove $\delta (ds^2) = 2 ds \delta(ds)$ ? To give context, this comes from: Dirac's Theory of General Relativity p19: http://imgur.com/mrkT5C7 I'm not comfortable with proofs regarding ...
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Sequences of rapidly decaying analytic functions

Note that we have $$\frac{1}{x}\gg\frac{1}{x^2}\gg\frac{1}{x^3}\gg\cdots\gg e^{-x}.$$ I was wondering if a generalization is possible. Namely, if $f_1\gg f_2\gg f_3\gg\cdots$ are analytic from ...
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How to prove an extremum existence in problems, regarding calculus of variations

Let's consider a functional $S(y)=\int_{a}^{b}{f(x, y, y') \cdot dx}$. It's known that if the function that attains minumum or maximum to $y(x)$ does exists, then it can be got from the Euler-Lagrange ...
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Polar representation of conic sections $r(\theta)=\frac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$

Consider a curve given in polar coordinates by $r(\theta) = \dfrac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$, where $e\ge0$. a) Show that the distance of each point on this curve to the line $x=\frac1e$ is a constant ...
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Why can $x^0$ sometimes be simplified to 1 even when x can equal 0?

For example, the Taylor series for $e^x$ is $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{x^n}{n!}$. It seems like it should be indeterminate or undefined at $x=0$, since the first term would contain $0^0$, but it's not ...
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In the mean value theorem, we are guaranteed $c$ such that $f'(c) = (f(b)-f(a))/(b-a)$. Does $c$ have a name?

The Mean Value Theorem says approximately that for differentiable $f$, there is a $c \in (a,b)$ such that $$ f'(c) = \frac{f(b)-f(a)}{b - a}. $$ I presume that the number $f'(c)$ is the mean value. My ...
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Find the slope at $t=16$ for $s(t) = $arctan$(\sqrt{t})$

A particle moves along the x axis so that its position at any time when t is greater than or equals zero is $s(t) = $arctan$(\sqrt{t})$. Find the velocity of the particle at $t=16$. The point of ...
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What is a good conceptual interpretation of a differential?

I'm having trouble with understanding what exactly a differential really is. For example, if we have the following function, $f(x,y)=x^2+xy+\frac{37}{x} +5$, does this differential, ...
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Graphs of interesting integrals of the form: $\int \sin^a(x^a)\cos^a(x^a)$

Here are a few graphs of the form:- $$\int \sin^a(x^a)\cos^a(x^a)dx$$ Where $a$ is an even, positive integer. $a = 2$ $a = 4$ $a = 6$ Now, a few graphs of the form:- $$\int ...
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Area under a curve with polar coordinates. Seems to be too simple?

Curve is given by equation: $$r^2 = 2a^2|\cos \phi|$$ I would like to use the formula: $$A = \frac{1}{2}\int_a^b (f(\phi))^2 \, d\phi$$ So, since equation is already squared, i can put the right ...
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Non-analytic smooth function

The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-analytic_smooth_function) proves that $$f(x) = \begin{cases} \exp(-1/x), & \mbox{if }x>0 \\ 0, & \mbox{if }x\le0 \end{cases}$$ is a ...
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how to calculate this line integral $\int_{0}^{2\pi} (16\sin^2 3t +16\cos^2 4t)\sqrt{(144\cos^2 3t +256\sin^2 4t)}dt$

I am working on a line integral to calculate the amount of chocolate to cover a pretzel. the density of the pretzel is given by this formula $\lambda=3(x^2+y^2)$ and the parameter equation of a ...
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Tools to bound the singular values of a finite sum of random matrices from below?

Matrix Chernoff bounds (see also this arXiv paper) are usually used to give upper bounds on the largest eigenvalue of a finite sum of random matrices. Sometimes it can also be used to give a lower ...
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Elliptic integration with exponential numerator.

I was wondering if someone could help me with the evaluation of an integral: \begin{equation} \int_{x_1}^{x_2} \frac{e^{ax}}{\sqrt{1-b\cos(x)}}dx \end{equation} I'm familiar with elliptic integrals ...
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Do mathematicians consider functional integration to be good mathematics? If so, what is it?

I am trying to learn about path integration in physics and, from what I understand, this means learning to do functional integrals. (Note: I know what a functional is and I also have done functional ...
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Seperating single integral into an double integral.

Please refer to : How to prove that $\int_{0}^{\infty}\sin{x}\arctan{\frac{1}{x}}\,\mathrm dx=\frac{\pi }{2} \big(\frac{e-1}e\big)$ The answer by @Venus. What is the procedure in converting that ...
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Solving $\int\frac{x}{(x^2+x+1)^{\frac{1}{12}}}$

I'm trying to solve $$\int_0^1\frac{x}{(x^2+x+1)^{\frac{1}{12}}}\mathrm dx$$ To calculate it I first tried to calculate the primitive function. So let $$\int\frac{x}{(x^2+x+1)^{\frac{1}{12}}}\mathrm ...
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a definite integral related to mean Gamma function

I am looking for a closed form of the following integral $$\int_0^1\frac{x^{a-1}\sin \theta dx}{x^2 - 2x\cos\theta + 1}$$ where $a>0$ and $0<θ<π$. I believe the answer is similar to the ...
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Integrate $\int\tan (x)\sin (ax)dx$

$$\int\tan (x)\sin (ax)dx$$ If $a$ integer number I used the wolfram.Alpha.com site to give me the following How can I use this result if I need to compute some values by using a program in ...
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Limit based on bounds

Let $k\in(0,1)$ be fixed. If $\limsup_{x\to\infty}f(kx)\leq \epsilon$ and $\liminf_{x\to\infty}f(\frac{x}{k})\geq -\epsilon$ for all $\epsilon>0$ then is it possible to say ...
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Is there any relation between summation and indefinite integration?

Indefinite integral is the family of all its primitives or antiderivatives. It represents geometrically a family of curves having parallel tangents at their points of intersection with the lines ...
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Exact values of error function

The error function is defined as $$\operatorname{erf}(z)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_0^z e^{-t^2} \, dt.$$ We know that the Gaussian integral is $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{-x^2}\,dx=\sqrt{\pi}.$$ ...
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Help with an ODE

I need some help, I have this ODE but can't solve it for $y(x)$, I try every method I know, but with no succes,please, somebody can help me? $(\varepsilon-x)y=y'(-x+y^2-2x^2)$ Thanks.
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Closed form of arctanlog series

What tools would you recommend me for $$\operatorname{arctan}\left( \frac{1}{1}\right)\log\left(1+\frac{1}{1}\right)+\operatorname{arctan}\left( ...
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When do Leibniz-like rules lead to unique linear operators

Background Usually one defines differentiation in terms of limits, and then shows that differentiation satisfies the Leibniz (product) rule, $$\frac{d}{dx}(f \cdot g) = f\frac{dg}{dx} + g ...
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If Graham's number used $4$s instead of $3$s, at which $G$ would that number be bigger than Graham's number?

If $3\uparrow \uparrow\uparrow\uparrow3=G_1$, $ \quad G_2=\underbrace{3 \uparrow \ldots\uparrow3}_{G_1 \ \text{times}}, \quad G_3=\underbrace{3 \uparrow \ldots\uparrow3}_{G_2 \ \text{times}}$ , $ ...
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If a Sequence of Polynomials Converge to Another Polynomial Then the Roots Also Converge.

Proposition 5.2.1 in Artin states that: THEOREM. Let $p_k(t)\in \mathbf C[t]$ be a sequence of monic polynomials of degree $\leq n$, and let $p(t)\in \mathbf C[t]$ be another monic polynomial ...
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Absolute Value in Linear Differential Equation

I have a question about dropping the absolute value sign when solving a linear differential equation. If $y'-y/x=1$ Integrating Factor $=e^{\int{-1/xdx}}=e^{-lnx}=1/x$ $y/x-y/x^2=1/x$ $[y/x]'=1/x$ ...
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Is it possible to find $\int \frac{1}{\sqrt[4]{1+x^4}} dx$ by parametrizing the curve $y^4-x^4=1$?

I found this integral in a handbook of integrals: $$\int \frac{1}{\sqrt[4]{1+x^4}} dx$$ I already have evaluated this integral by trigonometric substitutions and my answer agrees with that of the ...
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Dealing with absolute values after trigonometric substitution in $\int \frac{\sqrt{1+x^2}}{x} \text{ d}x$.

I was doing this integral and wondered if the signum function would be a viable method for approaching such an integral. I can't seem to find any other way to help integrate the $|\sec \theta|$ term ...
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How to construct a diffeomorphism with $p_k \mapsto q_k$?

How to prove the following property? I cannot do anything. Let $M$ be a connected paracompact smooth manifold of dimension $m\geq 2$. Let $(p_k), (q_k)_{k\in \mathbb{N}}$ be sequences on $M$ which ...
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existence of solution of volterra integral equation of the first kind

$$ \int_0^t k(s,t)f(s)ds=g(t) $$ To know the existence and uniquness of solution of volterra integral equation(VIE) of the first kind, we differentiate it and convert to the VIE of the second kind. ...
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The negative integral meaning

Whenever I take a definite integral in aim to calculate the area bound between two functions, what is the meaning of a negative result? Does it simly mean that the said area is under the the x - axis, ...
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Is Courant's Introduction to Calculus and Analysis still up-to-date?

I just found this marvelous book and I think that it's the best book in this category, but I'm worried that it is not up-to-date. I've heard that Hardy's A Course of Pure Mathematics has some switched ...
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Proving u-substitution the hard way — use only definition of integration with partitions

I am trying to prove integration by substitution, i.e. for $f:[c,d] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ continuous and $\phi: [c,d] \rightarrow [a,b]$ continuous on $[c,d]$ and $\mathscr{C}^1$ on $(c,d)$. Then ...
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Convection-diffusion-reaction problem

I seek to solve to the system $$ \frac{\partial \phi_{a}}{\partial t} = D_{a} \frac{\partial^{2} \phi_{a}}{\partial x^{2}} - v_{a} \frac{\partial \phi_{a}}{\partial x} + \mathfrak{K}_{b}\phi_{b} ...
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Can Lagrange multipliers be used to give a good bound on the number of critical points?

I will explain my problem by illustrating a simple case. Easy question: Let $f(x,y)$ be a "generic" polynomial in two variables, of total degree $\le D$. What's a good upper bound for how many ...
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The second derivative as a limit

It is well-known that if $f$ is twice differentiable at $a$, then $$ f''(a) = \lim_{h\to 0} \frac{f(a+2h)-2f(a+h) + f(a)}{h^2}. $$ See e.g. this question or this question. On the other hand, the ...
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Product of Elements in SU(2)

Let $$ V := \frac{x_4+i\vec{x}\cdot{\vec{\sigma}}}{\left|x\right|}$$ where $\left(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4\right)\in\mathbb{R}^4$, $|x|$ is the Euclidean norm, and $\sigma^j$ are the Pauli matrices. Let ...
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Integral of product spherical harmonics

I'm trying to calculate this integral: $$\int_0 ^\pi\int_0^{2\pi} [\sin\theta(\cos\theta \sin \phi + \sin\theta \cos(2\phi))]^2 \sin\theta d\phi d\theta $$ We could compute this integral ...
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Integral $ \int_0^\infty \frac{x^n\ln x}{(x^2+\alpha^2)^2(e^x-1)}dx$

Hey I am trying to integrate $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{x^n\ln x}{(x^2+\alpha^2)^2(e^x-1)}dx,\quad \alpha,n \in \mathbb{R}^{0+}. $$ This integral is old. I am also looking for literature on these ...
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Ugly-nice double series

I'm trying to evaluate the following ugly double sum (presented in raw notation as used in my calculations): $\sum _{m=1}^{\infty } \sum _{n=1}^{\infty } \frac{4 m \cos \left(\frac{2 \pi m ...