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Identification of a curious function

During computation of some Shapley values (details below), I encountered the following function: $$ f\left(\sum_{k \geq 0} 2^{-p_k}\right) = \sum_{k \geq 0} \frac{1}{(p_k+1)\binom{p_k}{k}}, $$ where ...
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Generalization of Liouville's theorem

As proposed in this answer, I wonder if the answer to following question is known. Let $E = E_0$ be the set of elementary functions. For each $i > 0$, inductively define $E_i$ to be the closure ...
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Which universities teach true infinitesimal calculus?

My colleague and I are currently teaching "true infinitesimal calculus" (TIC), in the sense of calculus with infinitesimals, to a class of about 120 freshmen at our university, based on the book by ...
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The closed form of $\int_0^{\pi/4}\frac{\log(1-x) \tan^2(x)}{1-x\tan^2(x)} \ dx$

What tools, ways would you propose for getting the closed form of this integral? $$\int_0^{\pi/4}\frac{\log(1-x) \tan^2(x)}{1-x\tan^2(x)} \ dx$$
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A combination integral and series resulting the inverse tangent integral

$\def\Ti{{\rm{Ti}}_2}$I have been able to solve an integral problem, now I tried to use the other method to crack the integral and I have to prove the following expression \begin{equation} ...
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Can we find this infinite root in term of elementary function?

Let $f(x)=\left(x+f(x+1)\right)^\frac{1}{x}$. What is the value of $f(2)$ ? More precisely, how to find the value of $$\sqrt{2+\sqrt[3]{3+\sqrt[4]{4+\cdots}}}~?$$ Thank you.
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$f\colon I\rightarrow G$ and Gromov $\delta$-hyperbolicity

Please recall that $\left|\int_0^1 f(t)\,dt -w\right|\leq \int_0^1|f(t)-w|\,dt$. In general, let $(X,d)$ be a metric space. Given a function $f:I\to X$ let $m_f\in X$ be such that $d(m_f,w)\leq ...
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Relations connecting values of the polylogarithm $\operatorname{Li}_n$ at rational points

The polylogarithm is defined by the series $$\operatorname{Li}_n(x)=\sum_{k=1}^\infty\frac{x^k}{k^n}.$$ There are relations connecting values of the polylogarithm at certain rational points in the ...
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A closed form for $\int_0^\infty\left(\frac{2^{-x}-3^{-x}}x\right)^adx,\ a\notin\mathbb{Z}^+$

Let $$I(a)=\int_0^\infty\left(\frac{2^{-x}-3^{-x}}x\right)^adx.$$ $I(a)$ has closed form representations for all $a\in\mathbb{Z}^+$. Is there any algebraic (or at least period) ...
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Evaluting $\int_{1}^{2} \frac{\tan^{-1} x}{\tan^{-1} \frac {1}{x^2-3x+3}} \operatorname dx$

$$\int_{1}^{2} \frac{\tan^{-1} x}{\tan^{-1} \frac {1}{x^2-3x+3}} dx$$ My try:: $\displaystyle \int_{1}^{2} \frac{\tan^{-1} x}{\tan^{-1} \frac {1}{x^2-3x+3}} dx = ...
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A closed form for $\sum_{k=1}^\infty \psi^{(1)} (k+a)\psi^{(1)} (k+b)$

The following result $$ \sum_{k=1}^\infty\left(\psi^{(1)} (k)\right)^2 = 3\zeta(3) $$ where $\psi^{(1)}$ is the polygamma function makes me think there is a nice sum for the series $$ ...
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The closed form of $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \arcsin\bigl(\frac{1}{e^n}\bigr)$

In my study on some type of integrals I met the series below that I don't how to approach it. Of course, one of the obvious questions is: does it have a closed form? Before answering that, I need to ...
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The same bit of trivial algebra in two different places?

The Villarceau circles are things whose existence is surprising. To find radii of Villarceau circles, I stupidly went through a bit of trigonometry and got a much simpler result than I expected, and ...
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Evaluation of $\int\frac{5x^3+3x-1}{(x^3+3x+1)^3}dx$

Evaluation of $\displaystyle \int\frac{5x^3+3x-1}{(x^3+3x+1)^3}dx$ $\bf{My\;Try::}$ Let $\displaystyle f(x) = \frac{ax+b}{(x^3+3x+1)^2}.$ Now Diff. both side w. r to $x\;,$ We Get $\displaystyle ...
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Find the limit of $ \lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{n}{\ln{n}}\left(\frac{1}{p+1}-na_{n}^{p+1}\right) $

Problem:Let postive real sequence$\{a_{n}\}$ satisfy $\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}a_{n}\left(\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_{i}^{p}\right)=1$,where $p>-1$,Find the limit. $$ ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log^2 x \cos ax}{x^n-1}dx$

Hi I am trying to calculate $$ I:=\int\limits_0^\infty \frac{\log^2 x \cos (ax)}{x^n-1}\mathrm dx,\quad \Re(n)>1, \, a\in \mathbb{R}. $$ Note if we set $a=0$ we get a similar integral given by $$ ...
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Derivatives of the Struve functions $H_\nu(x)$, $L_\nu(x)$ and other related functions w.r.t. their index $\nu$

There are some known formulae for derivatives of the Bessel functions $J_\nu(x),\,$$Y_\nu(x),\,$$K_\nu(x),\,$$I_\nu(x)\,$with respect to their index $\nu$ for certain values of $\nu$, e.g. ...
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Algorithm for obtaining the surface of a mirror

My colleague and I have been trying to implement an algorithm described in the paper "Recovering local shape of a mirror surface from reflection of a regular grid", primary author of which being ...
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Integral Asymptotics for inhomogenous phase

I'm looking for asymptotics for an integral of the form: $$F(n):=\int_{1/2-i\infty}^{1/2+i\infty} e^{\phi(n,z)}dz$$ where $\phi(n,z)=(n-n^3)\log(1-z)+n^2\log(1+z)-n\log(z)$. One can solve for the ...
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Hard sum with harmonics numbers

Prove or disprove that $S=\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{{H_n^{2}}~{H_n^{(2)}}+3{H_n^{(4)}}}{n~2^n}=\frac{25}{16}\zeta(5)+\frac{7}{8}\zeta(2)\zeta(3)$.
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Question on the paper Donal F. Connon, “Some integrals involving the Stieltjes constants”

I'm reading Donal F. Connon, Some integrals involving the Stieltjes constants. It gives a definition of the generalized Stieltjes constants $\gamma_n(u)$ as coefficients in the Laurent series ...
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Evaluating the double limit $\lim_{m \to \infty} \lim_{n \to \infty} \cos^{2m}(n! \pi x)$

I have to find out the following limit $$\lim_{m\to\infty}\lim_{n\to\infty}[\cos(n!πx)^{2m}]$$ for $x$ rational and irrational. for $x$ rational $x$ can be written as $\frac{p}{q}$ and as $n!$ will ...
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A cotangent series related to the zeta function

$$\sin x = x\prod_{n=1}^\infty \left[1-\frac{x^2}{n^2\pi^2}\right]$$ If you apply $\log$ to both sides and derivate: $$\cot x = \frac{1}{x} - \sum_{n=1}^\infty \left[\frac{2x}{n^2\pi^2} ...
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Definite integral $\int_0^{2\pi}\frac{ab}{\sqrt{b^2\cos^2(\theta)+a^2\sin^2(\theta))}}\cos^2(\theta) d\theta$

Could you help me finding the following definite integral, with $a$ and $b$ constants? Thank you! $$\int_0^{2\pi}\frac{ab}{\sqrt{b^2\cos^2(\theta)+a^2\sin^2(\theta))}}\cos^2(\theta) d\theta$$
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An integration to first order

I am having some trouble evaluating an integral -- involving taking an approximation. It would be great if someone could help me. I wish to evaluate $$\int_0^\pi {\cos\theta\cos \left[\omega ...
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An Additional Rule for Calculus

Background The rules for differentiating elementary functions (arithmetic, exponential, trigonometric, etc.) together with the chain rule for differentiating compositions of functions are often ...
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How to Evaluate $\int\frac1{x \ln x+ 7 \ln x} \,\mathrm dx$

I have tried many methods but do not know how to integrate this: $$ \int \frac{1}{x\ln x + 7\ln x} dx $$ with respect to x.
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Length of parametric curve $\phi(t)=(f(t)\cos(t),f(t)\sin(t))$

Define the curve $\phi$ by $\phi(t):=(f(t)\cos(t),f(t)\sin(t))$, where $f$ be a strictly increasing infinitly many differentiable function . Find an explicit formula for the length of $\phi$ ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\infty} \log(\sin^2(x))\left(1-x\operatorname{arccot}(x)\right) \ dx$

One of the ways to compute the integral $$\int_0^{\infty} \log(\sin^2(x))\left(1-x\operatorname{arccot}(x)\right) \ ...
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Closed form of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left(\frac{H_n}{n}\right)^4$

Find the closed form of $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left(\frac{H_n}{n}\right)^4$$ I know the closed form for smaller powers like $2, 3$ exists, but I'm not sure if there is a closed form for this ...
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Integration of product of functions(Special form)

Sir, I have been doing a proof related to one research topic. But after a long effort, I got ended up in a messy integration equation. Could you give me some suggestions to solve this equations? (Any ...
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How to evaluate the integral $e^{-(c\ln(\frac{1}{x}))^s} dx$?

Can anyone help me evaluate $$\int_{\alpha}^1 \exp{\left\{-\left(c\ln\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)\right)^s\right\}} dx$$, Where $0 \leq \alpha \leq 1$ and $s \in \mathbb{R}$. I tried changing ...
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Another way of expressing $\sum_{k=0}^{n} (-1)^k\frac{H_{k+1}}{n-k+1}$

In this post Another way of expressing $\sum_{k=0}^{n} \frac{H_{k+1}}{n-k+1}$ I asked for a solution of the non-alternating series. How about the alternating series? Can we find a nice way of ...
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general solution of the equation $\frac{dy}{dx} =\exp(y/x)$

How can i get the general solution of the equation a) $\frac{dy}{dx} = \exp(y/x)$ b) $\frac{dy}{dx} = \exp(x-y)$ and $y=2$ when $x = 0$ I tried b) first: This is a first-order nonlinear ordinary ...
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Egorov's theorem for this Lebesgue integral

I want to prove Egorov's theorem using this Lebesgue integral defined by the upper integral $$\int^*f:=\left\{\int h ; h \ge f \text{ and h upper-continuous }\right\}$$ $$\int_*f:=\left\{\int h ; h ...
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How to solve this integral equation?

Solve this integral equation: $$ {{\rm e}^{{\rm i}k\,\sqrt{\vphantom{\Large A}\,r^{2} + z^{2}\,}\,} \over \sqrt{\vphantom{\large A}r^{2} + z^{2}\,}} = \int_0^{\infty}{\rm K}_{0}\left(\lambda r\right) ...
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Limit of a product of trigonometric functions

I have to find the following limit: $$J=\lim_{N\to\infty}\prod_{k=1}^N \cos\left(\frac{\pi}{k^2}\right).$$ How can I calculate it? Thanks
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Other methods for Laplacian equations

Assume $$A^{2}=(x^{2}+y^{2})\cos^{2}\psi+z^{2}\cot^{2}\psi$$ which $A$ is constant. How we can show $\psi(x,y,z)$ satisfies the Laplacian equation $\psi_{xx}+\psi_{yy}+\psi_{zz}=0$ ...
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Why are numeric methods the only technique available to solving $\ln(x) = \sin(x)$? Is this $x$ transcendental?

I just read this question about finding the solution to the equation $\ln(x) = \sin(x)$. All the answers focus on using a numerical method to approximate the solution. This is interesting in its own ...
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Can these two indefinite integrals be evaluated in closed form?

I'm wondering whether any of these two indefinite integrals $$\int \frac{1}{\sqrt{1+\alpha \sinh(x)^{-4/3}}}dx$$ $$\int \frac{\sinh(x)^{-4/3}}{\sqrt{1+\alpha\sinh(x)^{-4/3}}}dx$$ can be evaluated in ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\pi \frac{x}{(\sin x)^{\sin (\cos x)}}dx$

Evaluate $$\int_0^\pi \frac{x}{(\sin x)^{\sin (\cos x)}}dx$$ I tried using by parts and complex numbers along with series expansion but I was unable to find the answer. Please Help!
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A difficult contest question from the former Soviet union

Let $(a_n)$ be a positive sequence such that $\varlimsup\limits_{n\to\infty} a_n^{\frac1n}=1$ and $\varliminf\limits_{n\to\infty} a_n^{\frac1n}<1$. Prove there exists a subsequence $(a_{n_i})$ ...
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Closed-form of $\int_0^1 \left(\ln \Gamma(x)\right)^3\,dx$

From the amazing result by Raabe we know that $$LG_1=\int_0^1 \ln \Gamma(x)\,dx = \frac{1}{2}\ln(2\pi) = -\zeta'(0).$$ We also know that $$LG_2 = \int_0^1 \left(\ln \Gamma(x)\right)^2\,dx = ...
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Fourier transform of squared exponential integral $\operatorname{Ei}^2(-|x|)$

Let $\operatorname{Ei}(x)$ denote the exponential integral: $$\operatorname{Ei}(x)=-\int_{-x}^\infty\frac{e^{-t}}tdt.$$ Now consider the function $\operatorname{Ei}(-|x|)$. ...
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Closed-form of integrals containing double exponentials

Are there closed forms for the following integrals? $$\begin{align} I_1(w) & = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\exp(-we^y)}{y^2+\pi^2} dy, \\ I_2(w) & = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Evaluating sums and integrals using Taylor's Theorem

Taylor's theorem states that $$f(x)-\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{f^{(k)}(a)}{k!}(x-a)^k = \int_a^x \frac{f^{(n+1)} (t)}{n!} (x - t)^n \, dt $$ We can use this to evaluate integrals. For example, consider ...
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Wicked domain of integration in a triple integral

I am dealing with a domain of integration of the form: $\left(\frac{x-y}{x+y}\right)^2+\left(\frac{y-z}{y+z}\right)^2+\left(\frac{x-z}{x+z}\right)^2\leq k$ The region looks like this (for $k=0.2$): ...
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Symbolic manipulation inside integral

I'm an undergrad who has just completed the standard calculus sequence (1, 2, and multivariable). I've done well in the courses, however, things like the following, which is a derivation of kinetic ...
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An incorrect answer for an integral

As the authors pointed out in this paper (p. 2), the following evaluation which was in Gradshteyn and Ryzhik (sixth edition) is incorrect (and has been removed). $$ ...
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Modern notational alternatives for the indefinite integral?

I like the Leibniz notation, and I think the reason it's survived for over 300 years and continued to be almost the only game in town is that in many respects it's a miracle of design. Nevertheless ...