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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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$f\colon I\rightarrow G$ 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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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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Dilogarithm identity containing the tribonacci constant

The motivation of this question is the brilliant conjecture by @Tito Piezas III. In $(4)$ of his question the equation seems to be true for all $n > 1$ real numbers. The case $n=2$ leads us to a ...
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Analytic form of: $ \int \frac{\bigl[\cos^{-1}(x)\sqrt{1-x^2}\bigr]^{-1}}{\ln\bigl( 1+\sin(2x\sqrt{1-x^2})/\pi\bigr)} dx $

Background: On my quest to solve difficult integrals, I chanced upon this site: http://www.durofy.com/5-most-beautiful-questions-from-integral-calculus/ Good problems for me, (novice), although I ...
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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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Prove that $f_n(x)=\frac{x}{n}$, $n=1,2,\ldots$ does not converge uniformly on $\mathbb{R}$

Prove that $f_n(x)=\frac{x}{n}$, $n=1,2,\ldots$ does not converge uniformly on $\mathbb{R}$. It's clear this function converges pointwise to $0$ function. We have to show that there is ...
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Regularity of PDEs, general question (Example: Kolmogorov equation)

Let us consider a differential operator $L$ and the PDE $$Lu=0$$ with some boundary conditions (assume Neumann conditions). For example, Kolmogorov's equation $$(1) \quad Lu(t,x) = \partial_t u(t,x) + ...
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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 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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Evaluation of $\int\frac{(1+x^2)(2+x^2)}{(x\cos x+\sin x)^4}dx$

Evaluation of $$\int\frac{(1+x^2)(2+x^2)}{(x\cos x+\sin x)^4}dx$$ $\bf{My\; Try::}$ We can write $$x\cos x+\sin x= \sqrt{1+x^2}\left\{\frac{x}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}\cdot \cos ...
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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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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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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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Proof of the relation $\int^1_0 \frac{\log^n x}{1-x}dx=(-1)^n~ n!~ \zeta(n+1)$

I had the thought that by introducing some parameters into simple integrals and taking derivatives we can get exact values for infinitely many 'complicated' integrals. $$\int_0^1 x^a dx = ...
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Exponential integral: something is wrong.

Consider the function $$ E(z)=\int_{-\infty}^z\frac{e^t}{t}dt.\quad (1) $$ Substituting $t\mapsto -u$ one obtains $$ E(z)=-\int_{-z}^{\infty}\frac{e^{-u}}{u}du\equiv Ei(z).\quad (2) $$ It is ...
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Floor function and convergence of the sequence

Sequence $\{a(n)\}$ of real numbers is such that $\forall\space\lambda\in(1,2)$ sequence $a(\lfloor{\lambda}^n\rfloor)$ has a finite limit. Does it follow that $\{a(n)\}$ is convergent?
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Which Fourier series are “legal”?

Let's consider a continuous function $f(x)$ and real numbers $\lambda_n=(\alpha+\beta n)\pi$ where both $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are integers. In any interval $I$, is it true that $$ f(x)=\sum_{n\geq ...
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prove or disprove an inequality on bounds of derivatives for radial functions

Suppose $f$ is a radial function, i.e., $f(x)=f(|x|)$, and $f \in C^\infty(\bar{B})$, where $\bar{B}$ is the closure of the unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Prove or disprove the following. Given any ...
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Intuition behind variation of parameters method for solving differential equations

I have used the variation of parameters method (and have been taught it, although not hugely in depth) and I was wondering if I've understood the intuition behind it. In particular I've been thinking ...
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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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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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Suppose $f$ is continuous on $[0,2]$ and $f(0) = f(2)$. For which $a\in(0,2)$ must there exist $x,y\in[0,2]$ so that $|y − x| = a$ and $f(x) = f(y)$?

Suppose $f$ is continuous on $[0,2]$ and $f(0) = f(2)$. For which $a\in(0,2)$ must there exist $x,y\in[0,2]$ so that $\lvert y − x\rvert = a$ and $f(x) = f(y)$ I'm really unsure how to approach ...
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Brezis Exercise 3.27 extension.

Let $E$ be a separable Banach space with norm $\|\cdot\|$. The dual norm on $E^*$ is also denoted by $\|\cdot\|$. Let $(a_n) \subset B_E$ be a dense subset of $B_E$ with respect to the strong ...
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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 find probability distribution function given the Moment Generating Function

After searching, I found two questions like mine, but didn't see my answer to my question. Finding a probability distribution given the moment generating function Finding probability using ...
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prove that $\displaystyle \sin (\tan x)\geq x\;\forall x\in \left[0,\frac{\pi}{4}\right]$

Using the relation $2(1-\cos x)<x^2,x\neq 0$ or otherwise, prove that $$ \sin (\tan x)\geq x\;\forall x\in \left[0,\frac{\pi}{4}\right] $$ My Attempt: Let $f(x) = \sin (\tan x)-x$. Then ...
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Infinite Integration in Limits of Integration

Given the following: $$ u_0 = \int \limits_{ 0 } ^{ 1 } x \, dx , \:\:\: u_1 = \int \limits^{ \int \limits_{ 1/2 } ^{ 1 } x \, dx } _{ \int \limits_{ 0 } ^{ 1/2 } x \, dx } x \,dx , \:\:\: u_2 = \int ...
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Bear of an integral

I have a pretty ferocious integral to solve, and would be over the moon if I were able to get some sort of analytic expression / insight for it. $$ I = \int_{r}^{\infty} r_0^{-5/2} W_{-i\alpha'/2, ...
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An alternative proof of Cauchy's Mean Value Theorem

Let's focus on the following version of Cauchy's Mean Value Theorem: Cauchy's Mean Value Theorem: Let $f, g$ be functions defined on closed interval $[a, b]$ such that 1) Both $f, g$ are ...
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Fredholm integral?

If one exists, find a continuous, bounded function $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ which is not identically zero and which satisfies$$0 = \int_0^\infty K(t, s)f(s)\,ds$$for all $t \in \mathbb{R}$, ...
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How to evaluate the integral $\int_0^\infty \frac{x^{a-1}}{1+bx^a} e^{-x} dx$

How to evaluate this integral? \begin{equation} \int_0^\infty \frac{x^{a-1}}{1+bx^a} e^{-x} dx \end{equation} I think it will use a gamma function or a exponential integral. I really need an ...
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Can we interchange the Integral and Summation when a limit is $\infty$?

I was trying to Evaluate the Integral: $$\Large{I=\int_1^{\infty} \frac{\ln x}{x^2+1} dx}$$ $$\color{#66f}{{\frac{1}{x^2+1} = \frac{1}{x^2\left(1+\frac{1}{x^2}\right)}=\frac{1}{x^2}\cdot ...
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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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A difficult contest question from the former Soviet Union

Let $(a_n)$ be a positive sequence such that $\varlimsup\limits_{n\to\infty} a_n^{1/n}=1$ and $\varliminf\limits_{n\to\infty} a_n^{1/n}<1$. Prove there exists a subsequence $(a_{n_i})$ such that ...
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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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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 ...
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${\mathfrak{I}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{x^2}{x^2+\log ^2(-2\cos x)} \:\mathrm{d}x$ and $\int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{\log \cos x}{x^2}\:\mathrm{d}x$

I have found the following new result connecting two rational log-cosine integrals. Proposition. \begin{align} \displaystyle & {\mathfrak{I}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{x^2}{x^2+\log ^2(-2\cos ...
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Could $4+2+4+2+4+2+\cdots = -1 $?

In physics classes, on this StackExchange and even in blogs the sum $1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + \cdots = - \frac{1}{12} $ has been under the microscope. Why does $1+2+3+\dots = {-1\over 12}$? The ...
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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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Convergence/Divergence of infinite series $ \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1+\left|{\cos n}\right|}}$

It is well known that $ \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n}$ is divergent while $ \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1+\epsilon}}$ is convergent for a fixed positive value of ...
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Gauss-Lucas Theorem (roots of derivatives)

Gauss-Lucas Theorem states: "Let f be a polynomial and $f'$ the derivative of $f$. Then the theorem states that the $n-1$ roots of $f'$ all lie within the convex hull of the $n$ roots ...
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Evaluting $ \int_0^{\infty}\frac{v}{\sqrt{v + c}}e^{-\frac{y^2}{2(v + c)} - \frac{(u-v)^2}{u^2v}}dv$

While working on mixture (variance) of normal distribution and keep running into these two integrals $$ \int_0^{\infty}\dfrac{v}{\sqrt{v + c}}e^{-\dfrac{y^2}{2(v + c)} - \dfrac{(u-v)^2}{u^2v}}dv,$$ ...
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How do people pick $\delta$ so fast in $\epsilon-\delta$ proofs

For example, in a proof that shows $f(x) = \sqrt(x)$ is uniformly continuous on the positive real line, the proof goes like: Let $\epsilon > 0$ be given, and $\delta = \epsilon^2$.... Or to ...
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How should I calculate the $n$th derivative of this expression?

What would be the $n$th derivative of $ f (x) = x ^ x$ I have reached the fifth derivative, very long indeed but I see no pattern that will help me find a general expression. 1 D $y=x^x / ln ...
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Freshman calculus - Stokes's theorem proof

Many calculus text books and courses do not introduce full proof of Stokes's theorem because of differential forms and topological concepts. There are only restrict proofs (for example, simple ...
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Separable Differential Equation (Check Answer)

Question: Determine all differentiable functions in the form $y$ = $f(x)$ which have the properties: $f'(x)$=$(f(x))^3$ and $f(0)=2$ What I have done I set up the differential equation ...