Questions involving improper integrals, defined as the limit of a definite integral as an endpoint of the interval of integration approaches either a specified real number or ∞ or −∞, or as both endpoints approach limits.

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Convergence of $\int\frac{\arctan x}{x} dx$

I can't find function to bound this integral in the intervals from $1$ to $+\infty$, to prove if it converges. $$ \int _1^{\infty }\frac{\arctan x}{x}dx $$ Any idea? How can I refute this if it is ...
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Prove this limit $\lim \limits_{x\to\infty}f(x)=0$

I have this problem in real analysis. I think it needs integral factor or knowledge of ODE to prove, but not sure how to it. Here is the question: Let $f$ be a real valued continuous function on ...
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Prove or disprove $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{dx}{\cos x+\cosh x}=\frac{1512835691 \pi}{1983703776}$

In this question, Evaluating the integral $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac {dx}{\cos x + \cosh x}$ , robjohn evaluates the integral to a nice summation with an approximate value. When plugged into W|A, it ...
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Improper integral confusing step

The following passage is in my textbook: $$A(S) = \int_0^{\infty} f(E) \max(S-E,0)dE$$ This simplifies to $$A(S) = \int_0^{S} f(E)(S-E) dE$$ Now this is from a finance textbook so it might ...
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Principal value methods for fourier laplace etc.

I recently saw this here: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\omega^2} e^{j\omega t} d\omega$$ and I was unable to understand how such an integral could be computed. I want to learn about this ...
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Discretization of integral on infinite domain.

Let $[a, b]$ be a closed interval of the real line and let a sequence as $$a = x_0 \le t_1 \le x_1 \le t_2 \le x_2 \le \cdots \le x_{n-1} \le t_n \le x_n = b . \,\!$$ This partitions the interval $[a, ...
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Integral of $xe^{-ax^2-bx^{-1}}$ [on hold]

I am currently facing an integral I have no clue how to solve it. I believe it is rather exoctic, but I hope you might have some good advice: $$\int_0^{\infty} x e^{-ax^2-bx^{-1}} \, \mathrm{d}x, ...
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Evaluating $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-x^2}dx$ using polar coordinates. [duplicate]

I need to express the following improper integral as a double integral of $x$ and $y$ and then, using polar coordinates, evaluate it. $$I=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-x^2}dx$$ Plotting it, we find a ...
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difficult limit with a improper integral

It is assigned at my calculus class the following problem. problem: Evaluate the following limit $$\displaystyle \lim_{n \to \infty} \int \limits_{\frac{1}{(n+1)^2}}^{\frac{1}{n^2}} ...
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Decomposition into partial fractions to compute an integral

I'm having problems with: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{x^4+1}{x^6+1}dx$$ I was thinking: $\frac{x^4+1}{x^6+1}$ is an even function and the interval $(-\infty,\infty)$ is symmetric about 0, we ...
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Improper Integral: $\int_{-\infty}^\infty\frac{e^{-t}}{1+e^{-2t}}\ dt$

$$\int_{-\infty}^\infty\frac{e^{-t}}{1+e^{-2t}}\ dt$$ I have the antiderivative as $$-\arctan e^{-t}$$ but when I do it out, I end up getting $$-\frac\pi4 + 0 - \frac\pi2+\frac\pi4$$ However, I ...
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Parametric integral and equivalence in $\infty$

I have to find a equivalent when $x$ comes to $\infty$ for all $a$ (fixed) in $\mathbb{R}_+^*$ of this integral : $$ \int_0^a \frac{e^{-xt}}{\sqrt{a-t}}\mathrm{d}t $$ My work : For $x \in ...
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A real integral (may be requires contour integration)?

The integral I have in mind is $$\int^\infty_0 x^{r}(x + \lambda)^{-1}dx$$ where $r \in (-1, 0)$, and $\lambda$ is a non-negative constant. I apologize if this is really easy and I am missing some ...
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Find functions $f$ and $\alpha$ such that $\int_1^{\infty}|f|d\alpha$ converges, but $\int_1^{\infty}fd\alpha$ does not exist?

Find functions $f$ and $\alpha$ such that the improper Riemann-Stieltjes integral $\int_1^{\infty}|f|d\alpha$ converges, but $\int_1^{\infty}fd\alpha$ does not exist? I'm really not sure how to start ...
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For what $\alpha$ does the integral absolutely and for what conditionally converge?

For what $\alpha$ does the integral absolutely and for what conditionally converge ? $$\int_{0}^{1}\frac{\ln^{\alpha} (1+x^4)}{x^4}\cos{1 \over x}dx$$ Not sure which criteria to use to prove the ...
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Let $a_n>0$ for $n \geq 1$ and let series: $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n$ diverge. Let $S_n=a_1+a_2+…+a_n > 1$ for $n \geq 1$

Prove that the series: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{a_{n+1}}{S_n \ln S_n}$$ diverges and the series : $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{a_{n}}{S_n \ln^2 S_n}$$ converges. (Using the famous criteria I ...
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Find $f$ so that $\int_{1}^{\infty}f(x)dx$ exists, but $\displaystyle \lim_{x\to\infty}f(x)$ does not exist? [duplicate]

I need help finding an example of a function such that $\int_{1}^{\infty}f(x)dx$ converges, but $\displaystyle \lim_{x\to\infty}f(x)$ does not exist. I was trying to find examples of functions ...
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Given $|f(x)|=1$,how to construct an $f(x)$, such that $\int ^{+\infty }_{0}f\left( x\right) dx$ converges

Here's the problem: Given $|f(x)| = 1$, construct an $f(x)$, such that $$\int ^{+\infty }_{0}f\left( x\right) dx$$ converges. I think this problem may be done by dividing the 1s and -1s smartly, but ...
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Exponential integral of sine

How can I calculate the following integral: $$ \int_{-\infty }^{\infty} e^{-x^{2} + sin x}dx$$ Thank you very much!
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Evaluate $\lim_{n\to\infty}\int_0^{\infty}\cos^n(x)dx$ [closed]

How can I solve that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\int_0^{\infty}\cos^n(x)dx$?
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Convergence of a double integral

Is the integral $$\int_1^\infty\int_{e^{-x}}^1\frac{\sin y}{x^2y}dy dx$$ convergent or divergent?
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How to evaluate $\int_0^1 \ln(\frac{1+x}{1-x}) \frac{dx}{x} = \frac{\pi^2}{4}$?

Can anyone suggest the method of computing $\int_0^1 \ln(\frac{1+x}{1-x}) \frac{dx}{x} = \frac{\pi^2}{4}$ ? My trial is following first set $t =\frac{1-x}{1+x}$ which gives $x=\frac{1-t}{t+1}$ ...
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How to compute $\int_0^1 \frac{x-1}{\ln(x)} dx = \ln(2)$? and $\int_0^\infty \ln(t) e^{-t} dt $?

$\int_0^1 \frac{x-1}{\ln(x)} dx = \ln(2)$ First i try $\ln(x)=t$ so that $\frac{1}{x} dx =dt$ then integral becomes \begin{align} &\int_{-\infty}^{0}\frac{e^t-1}{t} (e^t dt) = - ...
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How to compute $\int_0^\infty \frac{x^4}{(x^4+ x^2 +1)^3} dx =\frac{\pi}{48\sqrt{3}}$?

$$\int_0^\infty \frac{x^4}{(x^4+ x^2 +1)^3} dx =\frac{\pi}{48\sqrt{3}}$$ I have difficulty to evaluating above integrals. First i try the subsititue $x^4 =t$ or $x^4 +x^2+1 =t$ but it makes ...
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Definite integral including natural log, cosine, and hyperbolic sine

Here is an integral question I have, I am solving some other problems like this but I am stumped on this one: $$\int_0^{\pi+1}\frac {\ln(\cos(x+1))}{\sinh(x^2)}dx$$ I used some methods such as ...
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Does such divergent integral assume the same values for any regularization?

Consider the integral: $$\int_0^\infty\sin(x)dx.\tag1$$ It's clearly divergent, but if we regularize it as $$\int_0^\infty\sin(x)e^{-x/a}dx=\frac{a^2}{a^2+1},\tag2$$ we can take the limit of ...
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How to find the value of this integral?

This integral to the value \begin{align} \int_0^1\frac{\ln^2(1+x)\ln^2 x}{1-x}\ dx=&\ ...
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Proving Integral Test?

Assume that $f(x) \geq 0$ and that $f$ decreases monotonically on $[1, \infty]$. Prove $\int_{1}^{\infty} f(x)dx$ converges iff $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} f(n)$ converges. My proof: If $f$ is non-negative ...
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convergence of $\int_{x=0}^{\infty}x^{-\frac{M-1}{2}-N}(1-e^{-x})^{M-1}e^{-x}dx$

I am trying to study the convergence of $$\int_{x=0}^{\infty}x^{-\frac{M-1}{2}-N}(1-e^{-x})^{M-1}e^{-x}dx,$$ where $M$ and $N$ are positive integers. I've tried some $M$ and $N$, and it seems that ...
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The Laplace transform of $\exp(t^2)$

A naive attempt to calculate the Laplace transform of the function $f(t)=e^{t^2}$ results in integrals of the form $$\int_0^\infty e^{t^2-st}dt,$$ which obviously don't exist as the integrand grows ...
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Computing $\int_{0}^1 \frac{\left( (1-x )a +x b\right)^2}{(1-x)c +x d} dx$

I want to find the integral of \begin{align*} \int_{0}^1 \frac{\left( (1-x )a +x b\right)^2}{(1-x)c +x d}dx \end{align*} for any $a,b$ and $c>0$ and $d>0$. Using Wolfram-Alpha I found that ...
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Evaluate $\int_{x=0}^{\infty}\left(\frac{1}{\sqrt{x}}(1-e^{-x})\right)^{M-1}e^{-x}(1+sx)^{-N}dx,$

I am trying to evaluate $$\int_{x=0}^{\infty}\left(\frac{1}{\sqrt{x}}(1-e^{-x})\right)^{M-1}e^{-x}(1+sx)^{-N}dx,$$ where $s>0$, $M$ and $N$ are positive integers. But seem that the above integral ...
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Gamma and Beta function proof.

I'm trying to proof the equality $B(x,y)=\frac{\Gamma(x)\Gamma(y)}{\Gamma(x+y)}$ when $x,y>0,$ without using calculus in many variables. I've investigated about the topic but all references make ...
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Improper integral and lower Riemann sums

Given $f$ is positive and continuous on $(0,1]$ and its improper integral exists there. Is it true that the lower Riemann sums converges to the integral? I'm thinking about using definition but reach ...
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Improper Integral $e^{-x}/\sqrt x$ [closed]

How do I find $$\int^\infty _0 \frac{e^{-x}}{\sqrt x}$$
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Gamma and Beta Functions [closed]

\begin{equation*} \int \limits _0 ^\infty x^m \mathbb e ^{-x^n} \mathbb d x = \frac 1 n \Gamma (\frac {m+1} n), \space m>-1, \space n>0. \end{equation*} \begin{equation*} \int \limits _0 ^1 ...
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Infinite Integral of a Bessel Function

I need to calculate the following integral $$ \int_0^{\infty}xdxJ_n(kx) $$ Integrating it by parts and using the normalization of Bessel functions, I find it (somewhat heuristically) to equal the ...
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Show that $ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{x^3}{(x^2+4)(x^2+1)}\, dx$ does not converge

I noticed that $\displaystyle \int_{-a}^{b} \frac{x^3}{(x^2+4)(x^2+1)}$ will converge to $0$ whenever $a=b$ and will converge to some value whenever $a,b$ are in the reals (excluding infinity). How ...
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explain the solution and/or suggest a different one

I have come across the following problem, in my calculus II course, about improper integrals: problem: Find the following limit, if it exists. $\displaystyle\lim_{x\to 1} \int\limits_{x}^{x^2} \! ...
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First order approximation of $F(x)=\int_0^x f(t) dt$ in the neighbourhood of $\infty$

Let $f(x)$ continuous on the real line. Then the first order approximation of $$F(x)=\int_0^x f(t) dt$$ in the neighbourhood of $0$ is: $$F(x)=\int_0^x f(t) dt\sim 0 + x f(0), \ \ \ (x\rightarrow 0)$$ ...
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How to compute $\int_{-1}^{1} e^{-1/(1-x^2)}dx$?

As in the title, I would like to compute the integral: \begin{equation} \int_{-1}^{1}e^{-1/(1-x^2)}dx \end{equation} My hunch tells me that I should try to transform it to the correspoding ...
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When using the Integral test, why is the value of the integral different from the sum of the series?

According to my textbook, the value of the improper integral is not always equal to the sum of the series. But why is that?
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Proving $\int_0^\infty e^{-ax}x^n\,dx = \frac{1}{a^{n+1}} \Gamma(n+1)$

Prove that $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} \ e^ {-ax} x^{n} dx = \frac{1}{a^{n+1}} \Gamma(n+1) \qquad (n>-1, \, a>0). $$ My try: Let $dv = e^{-ax}$ and $u = x^n$. Then $v = -\frac{1}{a}e^{-ax}$ ...
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The shortest way to prove that $\int_1^\infty \frac{{\arctan \left( x \right)}}{{\sqrt {{x^4} - 1} }}dx $ converges.

I'm trying to show that the integral $$\int_1^\infty \frac{{\arctan \left( x \right)}}{{\sqrt {{x^4} - 1} }}dx \quad \text{is convergent}.$$ We know that $$\frac{{\arctan \left( x \right)}}{{\sqrt ...
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Integral of $\int_{-\infty}^\infty\frac{e^{-y^2/2} \sinh(cy)^2} {\cosh(Mcy) }dy$

Is it difficult to compute or find a good computable lower bound on the integral \begin{align*} \int_{-\infty}^\infty\frac{e^{-y^2/2} \sinh(cy)^2} {\cosh(Mcy) }dy \end{align*} where $c$ and $M$ are ...
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Can we determinine the convergence of $\int_0^\infty \frac{x^{2n - 1}}{(x^2 + 1)^{n + 3}}\,dx$ without evaluating it?

Can we determine convergence without evaluating this improper integral? $$\int_0^\infty {\frac{x^{2n - 1}}{{\left( x^2 + 1 \right)}^{n + 3}}\,dx}\quad\quad n\geq 1\;,\; n\in\mathbb{Z}$$ When ...
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Consider the intergal $I=\int_{1}^{\infty}e^{ax^2+bx+c}dx$, where $a,b,c$ are constants. When does the integral converge? [closed]

Consider the integral $I=\displaystyle\int_{1}^{\infty}e^{ax^2+bx+c}dx$, where $a,b,c$ are constants. When does the integral converge? As usual, these are alien concepts to me, it gets tough to ...
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Computing $\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\cos(x)\ln(\tan(x))dx$

Compute $\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\cos(x)\ln(\tan(x))dx$ It is easy to check this improper integral converges. One also notes that ...
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Manipulating $\int_{x_{0}}^{\infty} \frac{1}{x} \, \cos (x t) \, \text{e}^{-x^{2}} \, dx$

Is there a way to express the integral $I(x_{0}, t) = \int_{x_{0}}^{\infty} \frac{1}{x} \, \cos (x t) \, \text{e}^{-x^{2}} \, dx$, where $x_{0} \neq 0$ and $t \ge 0$, in terms of more well-known ...
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Proving an integral identity

I'm dealing with the Hermitian operator, and I've been asked to prove that all $f(x) = x^n e^{\alpha x}$ belong to $L^2(-\infty,\infty;e^{-x^2/2})$ by showing that: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}x^m ...