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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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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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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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About the integral $\int_{0}^{+\infty}\sin(x\,\log x)\,dx$

It is an interesting exercise to show that the function $f(x)=\sin(x\log x)$ is Riemann-integrable over $\mathbb{R}^+$ (as shown by robjohn in this related question, for instance). Even more ...
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Tricky contour integral resulting from the integration of $\sin ax / (x^2+b^2)$ over the positive halfline

I am trying to evaluate the definite integral $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin ax\ dx}{x^2+b^2}$$ where $a,b>0$. This is a problem on an assignment for a class in complex variables. I understand the ...
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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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How to solve $\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\cos{ax}}{x^3+1}dx$?

QUESTION. It is looked for a closed solution for following real integrals $\displaystyle\int_0^{\infty}\displaystyle\frac{\cos{ax}}{x^3+1}dx$ and ...
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Integral $\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\log x}{\cosh^2x} \ \mathrm{d}x = \log\frac {\pi}4- \gamma$

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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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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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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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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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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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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Closed form of integral using contour integration

Here is the integral I am interested in evaluating using contour integration: Prove that: $$\int_0^\infty \frac{{\rm d}x}{(1+x^2)(1+x^r)}=\frac{\pi}{4}$$ That is that the above integral is ...
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Integral $\int_0^{\pi/2} \theta^2 \log ^4(2\cos \theta) d\theta =\frac{33\pi^7}{4480}+\frac{3\pi}{2}\zeta^2(3)$

$$ I=\int_0^{\pi/2} \theta^2 \log ^4(2\cos \theta) d\theta =\frac{33\pi^7}{4480}+\frac{3\pi}{2}\zeta^2(3). $$ Note $\zeta(3)$ is given by $$ \zeta(3)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^3}. $$ I have a ...
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How to prove that $\int_0^\infty\frac{\left(x^2+x+\frac{1}{12}\right)e^{-x}}{\left(x^2+x+\frac{3}{4}\right)^3\sqrt{x}}\ dx=\frac{2\sqrt{\pi}}{9}$?

A friend gave me this integral as a challenge $$ \int_0^\infty\frac{\left(x^2+x+\frac{1}{12}\right)e^{-x}}{\left(x^2+x+\frac{3}{4}\right)^3\sqrt{x}}\ dx=\frac{2\sqrt{\pi}}{9}. $$ This integral can be ...
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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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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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Generalised Integral $I_n=\displaystyle \int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{x^n}{\sin ^n x} \ \mathrm{d}x, \quad n\in \mathbb{Z}^+.$

I have this integral, $$I_n=\displaystyle \int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{x^n}{\sin ^n x} \ \mathrm{d}x, \qquad n\in \mathbb{Z}^+.$$ We have the results $$ \begin{align} I_1 & = 2C, \\ I_2 &= \pi\log 2, ...
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Closed form of $I=\int_{0}^{\pi/2} \tan^{-1} \bigg( \frac{\cos(x)}{\sin(x) - 1 - \sqrt{2}} \bigg) \tan(x)\;dx$

Does the integral below have a closed-form: $$I=\int_{0}^{\pi/2} \tan^{-1} \bigg( \frac{\cos(x)}{\sin(x) - 1 - \sqrt{2}} \bigg) \tan(x)\;dx,$$ where $\tan^{-1} (\cdot)$ is inverse tangent function. ...
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Evaluate $\int_1^\infty \frac {dx}{x^3+1}$

I would like some help with the following integral. I would like to find a contour line to evaluate $$\int_1^\infty \frac {dx}{x^3+1}$$ So one can see that on any circumference it goes to $0$, but ...
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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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How to solve $\displaystyle\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \ln{(x^2 + \ln^2{(\cos{x})})} \mathrm{d}x$ [duplicate]

$\displaystyle\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \ln{(x^2 + \ln^2{(\cos{x})})} \mathrm{d}x$ I was given this integral yesterday by someone on a forum and after a few hours of having a go at it I didn't really ...
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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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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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Integrating $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log x}{(1+x)^3}\,\operatorname d\!x$ using residues

I am trying to use residues to compute $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log x}{(1+x)^3}\,\operatorname d\!x.$$My first attempt involved trying to take a circular contour with the branch cut being the positive ...
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An integral $\int^\infty_0\frac{\tanh{x}}{x(1-2\cosh{2x})^2}{\rm d}x$

I would like to enquire about the possible methods of computing the following integral $$ \color{blue}{% \int^{\infty}_{0}\frac{\tanh\left(\, x\,\right)} {x\left[\, 1 - 2\cosh\left(\, ...
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Integral $ \int_0^\infty \frac{\ln(1+\sigma x)\ln(1+\omega x^2)}{x^3}dx$

Hello there I am trying to calculate $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{\ln(1+\sigma x)\ln(1+\omega x^2)}{x^3}dx $$ NOT using mathematica, matlab, etc. We are given that $\sigma, \omega$ are complex. Note, the ...
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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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Evaluating $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log (1+x)}{1+x^2}dx$

Can this integral be solved with contour integral or by some application of residue theorem? $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\log (1+x)}{1+x^2}dx = \frac{\pi}{4}\log 2 + \text{Catalan constant}$$ It has two ...
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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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Physical interpretation of residues

What is physical interpretation of residues of poles (of any order) of a complex function? Poles represents the points where a complex function cease to be analytic and residues are calculated to ...
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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 the integral $ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos \left(x-\frac{1}{x} \right)}{1+x^{2}} \ dx$

I'm curious about the proper way to evaluate $$ \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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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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Closed form for $I=\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{x^n}{x^2+u^2}\tanh(x) \, dx$

solve $$I=\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{x^n}{x^2+u^2}\tanh(x) dx:0<n<2$$ I tried for $n=1$ : $$I(v)=\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{x}{x^2+u^2}\tanh(vx) dx$$ ...
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Why is $\zeta(1+it) \neq 0$ equivalent to the prime number theorem?

Reading through Titchmarsh's book on the Riemann zeta function, chapter 3 discusses the Prime Number Theorem. One way to prove this result is to check the zeta function has no zeros on the line $z = ...
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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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Scary contour integral, but is also an integral representation for $\Gamma$-function

This problem is supposed to be from an old Acta Mathematica volume I circa 1880's, and is attributed to Bourguet. By using a parabola with its focus on the origin as a contour, show that: ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\infty \frac{\cos(ax)-e^{-ax}}{x \left(x^4+b^4 \right)}dx$

How can we evaluate $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\cos(ax)-e^{-ax}}{x \left(x^4+b^4\right)}dx \quad a,b>0$$ using Complex Analysis? This problem was given in a Complex Analysis book which I was reading. ...
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Prove that $\int_0^\infty \frac{\ln x}{x^n-1}\,dx = \Bigl(\frac{\pi}{n\sin(\frac{\pi}{n})}\Bigr)^2$

This question inspired me to ask the following. Prove that $$I_n = \int_0^\infty \frac{\ln x}{x^n-1}\,dx = \left(\frac{\pi}{n\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{n}\right)}\right)^2,$$ for $\Re(n)>1$. For some ...
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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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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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How to compute $\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\sqrt{x}}{x^2-1}\mathrm dx$

Could you explain to me, with details, how to compute this integral, find its principal value? $$\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\sqrt{x}}{x^2-1}\mathrm dx$$ $f(z) =\frac{\sqrt{z}}{z^2-1} = \frac{z}{z^{1/2} ...
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Sum $\sum^\infty_{n=1}\frac{(-1)^nH_n}{(2n+1)^2}$

I would like to seek your assistance in computing the sum $$\sum^\infty_{n=1}\frac{(-1)^nH_n}{(2n+1)^2}$$ I am stumped by this sum. I have tried summing the residues of $\displaystyle ...
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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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Integrate $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cosh(\beta x)}{1+\cosh( \beta x )} e^{-x^2} x^2 \rm{d}x$

Integrate $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cosh(\beta x)}{1+\cosh( \beta x )} e^{-x^2} x^2 \rm{d}x, $$ with $\beta \in \mathbb{R}$ and $\beta > 0$. Numerical integration shows that this ...
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show that $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac {\sin^3(x)}{x^3}dx=\frac{3\pi}{8}$

show that $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac {\sin^3(x)}{x^3}dx=\frac{3\pi}{8}$$ using different ways thanks for all
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Contour Integral: $\int^{1}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt[n]{1-x^n}}dx$

I want to compute: $\int^{1}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt[n]{1-x^n}}dx$ for natural $n>1$ using Residue Calculus. I am thinking of using some kind of a keyhole or bone contour that could go around the ...