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The Integral that Stumped Feynman?

In "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!," Nobel-prize winning Physicist Richard Feynman said that he challenged his colleagues to give him an integral that they could evaluate with only complex methods ...
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Integral $\int_{-1}^1\frac1x\sqrt{\frac{1+x}{1-x}}\ln\left(\frac{2\,x^2+2\,x+1}{2\,x^2-2\,x+1}\right) \ \mathrm dx$

I need help with this integral: $$I=\int_{-1}^1\frac1x\sqrt{\frac{1+x}{1-x}}\ln\left(\frac{2\,x^2+2\,x+1}{2\,x^2-2\,x+1}\right)\ \mathrm dx.$$ The integrand graph looks like this: $\hspace{1in}$ The ...
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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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Proving $\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty e^{-\pi n^2} = \frac{\sqrt[4] \pi}{\Gamma\left(\frac 3 4\right)}$

Wikipedia informs me that $$S = \vartheta(0;i)=\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty e^{-\pi n^2} = \frac{\sqrt[4] \pi}{\Gamma\left(\frac 3 4\right)}$$ I tried considering $f(x,n) = e^{-x n^2}$ so that its ...
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When can't a real definite integral be evaluated using contour integration?

Some older complex analysis textbooks state that $ \displaystyle \int_{0}^{\infty}e^{-x^{2}} \ dx$ can't be evaluated using contour integration. But that's now known not to be true, which makes me ...
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Evaluating the integral $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac {dx}{\cos x + \cosh x}$

Many recent questions have been asked here similar to this integral $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac {dx}{\cos x + \cosh x} = 2.39587\dots$$ whose "closed form" I cannot seem to figure out. I have ...
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For which $L^p$ is $\pi=3.2$?

This is a silly question that came to mind after watching numberphile video on How Pi was nearly changed to 3.2. For which $p\in(1,+\infty)$ is the ratio of the perimeter of the $L^p$ disc in $\Bbb ...
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How do I evaluate this integral $\int_0^\pi{\frac{{{x^2}}}{{\sqrt 5-2\cos x}}}\operatorname d\!x$?

Show that $$\int\limits_0^\pi{\frac{{{x^2}}}{{\sqrt 5-2\cos x}}}\operatorname d\!x =\frac{{{\pi^3}}}{{15}}+2\pi \ln^2 \left({\frac{{1+\sqrt 5 }}{2}}\right).$$ I don't have any idea how to start, ...
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Integral $\frac{1}{\pi}\int_0^{\pi/3}\log\big( \mu(\theta)+\sqrt{\mu^2(\theta)-1} \big)\ d\theta, \quad \mu(\theta)=\frac{1+2\cos\theta}{2}.$

Hi I am trying to calculate this integral: $$ I=\frac{1}{\pi}\int_0^{\pi/3}\log\left( \frac{1+2\cos\theta}{2}+\sqrt{\bigg( \frac{1+2\cos\theta}{2} \bigg)^2-1} \right)\ d\theta. $$ The ...
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Further our knowledge of a certain class of integral involving logarithms.

$\newcommand{\limitp}{\alpha}\newcommand{\innerp}{\beta}$I am fascinated by definite integrals. Exploring math.stackexchange, I have found many interesting integrals of the form $$ ...
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Integral $\displaystyle \int_0^{\infty} \frac{\log x}{\cosh^2x} \ \mathrm{d}x = \log\frac {\pi}4- \gamma$

Inspired by the user @Integrals, I thought I'd find some nice integrals! Especially interesting are those involving $\log \pi$. From Borwein and Devlin's "The Computer as Crucible", pg. 58 - show that ...
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Evaluate $\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\frac{x^2}{1+\cos^2 x}dx$

Evaluate the following integral $$\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\frac{x^2}{1+\cos^2 x}dx$$ This function does not have an elementary anti-derivative. How can we solve this?
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Intuition Behind an Identity

I'm currently studying for a complex analysis prelim. exam in August, so I'm working through some of the exercises in Titchmarsh. One of the exercises has us evaluate the integrals ...
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Integration method for $\int_0^\infty\frac{x}{(e^x-1)(x^2+(2\pi)^2)^2}dx=\frac{1}{96} - \frac{3}{32\pi^2}.$

The following definite integral is obtained directly from Hermite's integral representation of the Hurwitz zeta function. But is it possible to obtain the same result via the residue calculus or ...
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closed form of $\int_{0}^{2\pi}\frac{dx}{(a^2\cos^2x+b^2\sin^2x)^n}$

closed form of $$\int_{0}^{2\pi}\frac{dx}{(a^2\cos^2x+b^2\sin^2x)^n}$$ for $a,b>0$ n=1 we get $$\int_{0}^{2\pi}\frac{dx}{(a^2\cos^2x+b^2\sin^2x)^1}=\frac{2\pi}{ab}$$ n=2 we get ...
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Evaluating $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{x^{3}- \sin^{3}(x)}{x^{5}} \ dx $ using contour integration

EDIT: Instead of expressing the integral as the imaginary part of another integral, I instead expanded $\sin^{3}(x)$ in terms of complex exponentials and I don't run into problems anymore. $$ ...
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integral $\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{\cos(\pi x^{2})}{1+2\cosh(\frac{2\pi}{\sqrt{3}}x)}dx=\frac{\sqrt{2}-\sqrt{6}+2}{8}$

Here is a seemingly challenging integral some may try their hand at. $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} {\cos\left(\pi x^{2}\right)\over 1 + 2\cosh\left(\,2\,\pi\,x\,/\,\sqrt{\,3\,}\,\right)}\,{\rm d}x ...
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Integral $\int_0^\pi \theta^2 \ln^2\big(2\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\big)d \theta$.

I am trying to calculate $$ I=\frac{1}{\pi}\int_0^\pi \theta^2 \ln^2\big(2\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\big)d \theta=\frac{11\pi^4}{180}=\frac{11\zeta(4)}{2}. $$ Note, we can expand the log in the integral to ...
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Integral with arctan and e: $\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{\arctan(x^{3})}{e^{2\pi x}-1}\,\mathrm dx$

Here is an integral I ran across that appears to be tough. It seems to me I have seen integrals like this before. I have looked around the site, but saw nothing like this. $$\displaystyle ...
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contour integration of logarithm

I must compute the following integral $$\displaystyle\int_{0}^{+\infty}\frac{\log x}{1+x^3}dx$$ Can someone suggest me the right circuit in the complex plane over which to do the integration? I ...
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Integral $I=\int_0^\infty \frac{\ln(1+x)\ln(1+x^{-2})}{x} dx$

Hi I am stuck on showing that $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{\ln(1+x)\ln(1+x^{-2})}{x} dx=\pi G-\frac{3\zeta(3)}{8} $$ where G is the Catalan constant and $\zeta(3)$ is the Riemann zeta function. Explictly ...
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What contour should be used to evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{\sqrt{t}}{1+t^2} dt$

Could anyone help me decide what contour to use to evaluate this integral? $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sqrt{t}}{1+t^2} dt$$ So we have simple poles at $i$,$-i$. Why does using a quarter of a circle in ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln(x^2+1)}{x^2+1}dx$

How would I go about evaluating this integral? $$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln(x^2+1)}{x^2+1}dx.$$ What I've tried so far: I tried a semicircular integral in the positive imaginary part of the complex ...
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Showing that $\int_0^1 \log(\sin \pi x)dx=-\log2$

I need help with a textbook exercise (Stein's Complex Analysis, Chapter 3, Exercises 9). This exercise requires me to show that $$\int_0^1 \log(\sin \pi x)dx=-\log2$$ A hint is given as "Use the ...
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Evaluating $ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos \left(x-\frac{1}{x} \right)}{1+x^{2}} \ dx$

I'm curious about the proper way to evaluate $\displaystyle\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos \left(x-\frac{1}{x} \right)}{1+x^{2}} \ dx = \text{Re} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{e^{i(x- ...
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Evaluate the integral $I=\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{\ln^3{x}}{(1+x^2)(1+x)^2}dx$

Find this integral $$I=\int_{0}^{\infty}\dfrac{\ln^3{x}}{(1+x^2)(1+x)^2}dx$$ My try: let $x=\tan{t}$ then $$I=\int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\dfrac{\ln^3{\tan{t}}}{(1+\tan{t})^2}dt$$ I am unable to simplify ...
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Integrate $ \int_0^\infty \frac{ \ln^2(1+x)}{x^{3/2}} dx=8\pi \ln 2$

I am trying to evaluate this integral. $$ I=\int_0^\infty \frac{ \ln^2(1+x)}{x^{3/2}} dx=8\pi \ln 2 $$ Note $$ \ln(1+x)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{(-1)^{n+1}x^n}{n}, \ |x| < 1. $$ I was trying to do ...
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Another challenging integral

$$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{e^{-a x^2(x^2-\pi^2)}\cos(2\pi a x^3)}{\cosh x}dx=\frac{\pi}{2}e^{-\pi^4 a/16}.$$ Note the unusual appearance of $x^1,x^2,x^3,x^4$.
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Evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{(\ln x)^2}{x^2+4} \ dx$ using complex analysis.

Evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{(\ln x)^2}{x^2+4} \ dx$. This is the last question in our review for complex analysis. Hints were available upon request, but being the student I am, I waited until the ...
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Integrate: $\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\sin (ax)}{e^{\pi x} \sinh(\pi x)}dx$

How to evaluate the following $$\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\sin (ax)}{e^{\pi x} \sinh(\pi x)} dx $$ Given hints says to construct a rectangle $0\to R\to R+i\to i \to 0$ and consider $\displaystyle ...
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Ramanujan's 'well known' integral, $\int_\frac{-\pi}{2}^\frac{\pi}{2} (\cos x)^m e^{in x}dx$.

$$ \int_{-\pi/2}^{\pi/2}\cos^m\left(x\right){\rm e}^{{\rm i}n x}\,{\rm d}x ={\pi \over 2^{m}}\, {\Gamma\left(1 + m\right) \over \Gamma\left( 1 + \left[m + n\right]/2\right)\ \Gamma\left( 1 + ...
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Integrating $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log x}{(1+x)^3}\,dx$ using residues

I am trying to use residues to compute $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log x}{(1+x)^3}\,dx.$$My first attempt involved trying to take a circular contour with the branch cut being the positive real axis, but ...
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How to show $\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}\frac{\sin(ax)}{x(x^2+1)}dx=\pi(1-e^{-a})$? ($a\ge0$)

$$\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}\frac{\sin(ax)}{x(x^2+1)}dx=\pi(1-e^{-a}), \ a\ge0$$ I tried to solve but came up with $\pi(2-e^{-a}) $. Could you tell me where did I do the mistake? if $x=z$ then ...
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Calculating the Fourier transform of $\frac{\sinh(kx)}{\sinh(x)}$

I'm trying to compute $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{\sinh(kx)}{\sinh(x)}e^{-i\omega x} \ dx$$ i.e. the Fourier transform of $x\mapsto \frac{\sinh(kx)}{\sinh(x)}$, where $0<k<1$ is fixed. But ...
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Integral of $e^{-x^2}\cos(x^2)$ using residues

I want to solve the following integral: $$\int_0^{\infty} \!\! \operatorname{e}^{-x^2}\!\cos(x^2) \, \operatorname{d}\!x$$ I have seen this in a section about residues, so my guess is that I would ...
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show that $\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \frac{dx}{(x^2+1)^{n+1}}=\frac {(2n)!\pi}{2^{2n}(n!)^2}$

show that: $$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \frac{dx}{(x^2+1)^{n+1}}=\frac {(2n)!\pi}{2^{2n}(n!)^2}$$ where $n=0,1,2,3,\ldots$. is there any help? thanks for all
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Integral $I=\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{x^n-1}dx$

Hi I am trying to obtain a closed form for$$ I_n=\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{x^n-1}dx, \quad n\geq 1. $$ This integral is quite nice and generates many other known closed form results such as $$ ...
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Integral $I=\int_0^\infty \frac{e^{\alpha x}-e^{\beta x}}{x(e^{\alpha x}+1)(e^{\beta x}+1)}dx, \ \ \alpha>\beta>0. $

$$ I(\alpha,\beta)=\int_0^\infty \frac{e^{\alpha x}-e^{\beta x}}{x(e^{\alpha x}+1)(e^{\beta x}+1)}dx, \ \ \alpha>\beta>0. $$ I am trying to solve this integral. This is from the old high school ...
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using contour integration, or other means, is there a way to find a general form for $\frac{\sin^{n}(x)}{x^{n}}$

While studying some CA, I have ran across methods of solving $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin x}{x} \, dx, \;\ \int_0^\infty \frac{\sin^2 x}{x^2} \, dx, \;\ \int_0^\infty \frac{\sin^3 x}{x^{3}} \, dx.$$ Is ...
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integral of $\int_{0}^{1}\frac{\ln(x^{2}+1)}{x+1}dx$ using contour integration?

I have an interest in contour integration. I am not that good at it, but I enjoy learning what I can about it. Here is a version of a rational log integral rarely encountered. $\displaystyle ...
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Proving that a function is analytic

I'm struggling with the following problem: Problem: Suppose that $h$ is a continuous function on a simple closed curve $\gamma$. Define $$ H(w) = \oint_{\gamma} \frac{h(z)}{z - w} \, dz. $$ Show ...
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Help with integrating $\displaystyle \int_0^{\infty} \dfrac{(\log x)^2}{x^2 + 1} dx$ - contour integration?

George Arfken's book: Mathematical Methods for Physicists has the following problem in a chapter on contour integration: $\displaystyle \int_0^{\infty} \dfrac{(\log x)^2}{x^2 + 1} dx$. Their ...
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Is this a correct way to calculate $\int_{-\infty}^\infty\frac{x\sin(\pi x)}{x^2+2x+5}dx?$

I have this integral to calculate: $$I=\int_{-\infty}^\infty\frac{x\sin(\pi x)}{x^2+2x+5}dx.$$ I think I have done it, but I would like to make sure my solution is correct. I take the function ...
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Help with understanding the evaluation of a real integral using complex analysis

This morning I decided to look up some complex analysis, and I came across this Wikipedia section, where the following integral is evaluated: $$\int_0^3 \frac{x^{3/4}(3-x)^{1/4}}{5-x}dx$$ There are ...
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Contour integral representation of Confluent Hypergeometric Function

My brain is spinning around in circles trying to reconcile three distinct contour-integral representation of the confluent hypergeometric function $_1F_1(a,b,z)$ for $b \in \mathbb{Z}_+$: From ...
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Computing $\int_0^\infty\mathrm{d} x\frac{x}{e^x+1}$ with contour integration

Let's set: $$ \int_0^\infty\mathrm{d}x\frac{x}{e^x+1}=I. $$ I would like to compute it using, presumably, the methods of complex analysis and contour integration.
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Inverse Laplace Transform of $\bar p_D = \frac{K_0(\sqrt[]s r_D)}{sK_0(\sqrt[]s)}$

I solved the following partial differential equation using Laplace Transform: $\LARGE \frac{1}{r_D}\frac{\partial}{\partial r_D}(r_D\frac{\partial p_D}{\partial r_D})=\frac{\partial p_D}{\partial ...
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show that $\int_{0}^{\infty } \frac{\sin (ax)}{x(x^2+b^2)^2}dx=\frac{\pi}{2b^4}(1-\frac{e^{-ab}(ab+2)}{2})$

show that $$\int_{0}^{\infty } \frac{\sin (ax)}{x(x^2+b^2)^2}dx=\frac{\pi}{2b^4}\left(1-\frac{e^{-ab}(ab+2)}{2}\right)$$ for $a,b> 0$ I would like someone solve it using contour but also I ...
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use residues to evaluate sum involving square of csch

I have been trying to evaluate the following sum using residues $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{\sinh^{2}(\pi n)}=\frac{1}{6}-\frac{1}{2\pi}$ I am mainly interested in using residues to ...
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Integrating $ \int_2^4 \frac{ \sqrt{\ln(9-x)} }{ \sqrt{\ln(9-x)}+\sqrt{\ln(x+3)} } dx. $

Compute $$ \int_2^4 \frac{ \sqrt{\ln(9-x)} }{ \sqrt{\ln(9-x)}+\sqrt{\ln(x+3)} } dx. $$ I am not sure how to start this one...I am thinking of a substitution to get started.